The Path to the Tenth Bishop of Montana

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  • June 15, 2017 – Bishop Brookhart, the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Montana announced his intention to retire as our bishop effective November 1, 2018
  • Summer 2017 – Standing Committee begins preparations for transition, Nominating Committee formed
  • Fall – Winter 2017 – Nominating Committee begins work
  • March/April 2018 – Online survey sent throughout diocese to get initial input – nearly 600 people participate
  • April – June 2018 – Listening Sessions held in every congregation
  • July – August 2018 – Nominating Committee works on diocesan profile
  • Late August 2018 – diocesan profile released and publicized
  • Fall 2018 – Applications and nominations invited, screening, video interviews, reference checks, interviews and visits conducted
  • November 1, 2018 – Bishop Brookhart’s retirement is official, Standing Committee gains ecclesiastical authority
  • Early 2019 – semi-finalist candidates selected
  • March 2019 – discernment retreat for semi-finalists held in Montana
  • April 2019 – final slate of candidates released
  • July 2019 – special diocesan convention to elect tenth bishop
  • Between July and December 2019 – time for consents from standing committees and diocesan bishops from throughout The Episcopal Church (simple majority is needed within 120 days of the election)
  • December 7, 2019 – Consecration of the Tenth Bishop of Diocese of Montana in Helena, Montana

 

 

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