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1 The Call to Ordained Ministry The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego Diocesan Convention Workshop Session I 10 February, 2012 The Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas The Rev. Michael Russell The Rev. Dr. Laura Sheridan-Campbell The Rev. William Zettinger

2 Workshop Overview Introductions Report on Title III Canonical Changes Touch on 11/8/11 Clergy Gathering Lay out New Discernment Process Describe diaconal and priestly ministries Next steps

3 Background Since GC 2009, the EDSD Commission on Ordained Ministry, by invitation of Bishop Mathes, has reviewed our current ordained ministry process. While implementing Title III Canonical Revisions is a work in progress, we are pleased to introduce the fruits of our continuing work.

4 Commission on Ministry (COM) Advisory to the Bishop In the design and oversight of the ongoing process for Recruitment Discernment Formation of Ministry

5 EDSD Commission on Ordained Ministry (COM) The Rt. Rev. James Mathes The Rev. Canon Suzi Holding The Rev. Dr. Laura Sheridan-Campbell, Incoming Chair The Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas, Outgoing Chair and Chaplain The Rev. Mike Russell The Rev. Ed Harrison The Rev. Cathey Dowdle The Rev. Dr. Paul Carmona Tom Mauro Dudley Coke Gary Koch

6 Canonical Changes Title III Revisions emphasize recruitment of leaders for diaconate and priesthood. are about discernment in community ( congregations are to become more intentional cultures of ministry discernment). provide both a framework and means for this discernment.

7 Canonical Changes Title III Revisions (continued) while more discerning at all levels, they are more flexible and fluid than previous Title III Canons (no fixed times of Postulancy and Candidacy, and more flexible in terms of Theological Formation). increase both the involvement and accountability of congregational leaders and leading clergy (rectors/vicars/priests-in-charge).

8 Information from Clergy Gathering November, 2011

9 Recruitment and Discernment: WHO are we seeking?

10 Ordained Leaders

11 Qualities and Competencies Ordained Leaders Self-awareness, transparent, authentic, honest Communication Skills Conflict resolution Skilled at self-management Demonstrates fiscal responsibility Adept at ‘telling the story’ Critical thinker Grounded spirituality Genuine charism Possesses a Servant’s heart Sense of Humor Global perspective and engagement with world Sacramental sensibility

12 Effective Discerners

13 Why Listening Hearts? For over twenty years, Listening Hearts has cultivated a vision of the church as a community of faith, eager for God’s guidance, alert to signs of the Spirit and alive with the prayer of deep listening. Located in Baltimore, Listening Hearts provides a range of programs, publications, and services that teach the practice of spiritual discernment through prayerful listening in supportive communities.

14 Qualities and Competencies Listening Hearts Discerners Discretion Sensitivity Attentiveness Well-developed sense of one’s own ministry Trainable Balances the spiritual and the practical Understands the Episcopal Church/Ministry Collaborative thinker

15 Terminology Nominee – (formerly Aspirant) is a person identified as a potential future ordained leader Discerner – EDSD’s working title for the Nominee Listening Hearts Discernment Team – diocesan- sponsored group, trained in the Listening Hearts discernment process, that meets initially with Discerner Parish Discernment Committee – parish-level discernment group (trained by Listening Hearts trainers), having two at-large diocesan Listening Hearts members, that meets with Discerner several times

16 Terminology Postulant - a Discerner who, upon completion of Ministry Retreat, and fulfilling all other canonical requirements for postulancy, is permitted by the Bishop to progress in the discernment process. Candidate – a Postulant who has fulfilled all canonical requirements for candidacy, and is permitted by the Bishop to progress to ordination.

17 The Revised Process Rectors/Vicars/Priests-in-Charge identify person who may be called to ordained ministry -- Nominee (Discerner ) Discerner meets with Rector/Vicar/Priest-in-charge Discerner participates in initial Listening Hearts session Discerner meets with Rector/Vicar/Priest-in-charge

18 The PROCESS continued Rector/Vicar/Priest-in-Charge notifies Bishop and COM Chair that Parish Discernment Committee will be set up. Parish Discernment Committee is gathered. Bishop designates two at-large Listening Hearts members. Local members trained. Vestry notified. Concurrent with the discernment process, Discerner completes Ministry Project. Identify someone who may be called to ordained ministry – Discerner Listening Hearts session Discernment Committee set up (with 2 at large members) Experience in both culturally liberal and conservative contexts

19 The PROCESS continued Discernment Committee prepares report. Vestry then meets with Discerner. A 2/3 vote in favor is required for continuation. Discerner meets with Bishop and COM Chair. Discerner meets with COM, joined by Rector/Vicar/Priest- in-Charge. Identify someone who may be called to ordained ministry – Discerner Listening Hearts session Discernment Committee set up (with 2 at large members) Experience in both culturally liberal and conservative contexts

20 The PROCESS continued COM may recommend that Discerner: a) attends Discernment Retreat (formerly BACCM) b) enters into period of additional study/prayer c) explores other ministry opportunities NOT requiring ordination If a), then Discerner meets with Standing Committee and takes full battery of psych tests prior to Retreat. Identify someone who may be called to ordained ministry – Discerner Listening Hearts session Discernment Committee set up (with 2 at large members) Experience in both culturally liberal and conservative contexts

21 The PROCESS continued Discerners participate in diocesan-wide Discernment Retreat (late Feb/early March), attended by members of COM, the Bishop and other Diocesan Staff, at the Bishop’s discretion. At Retreat’s conclusion, Bishop, in consultation with COM, decides that the Discerner: a) is named Postulant b) enters into period of additional study/prayer c) explores other ministry opportunities NOT requiring ordination Identify someone who may be called to ordained ministry – Discerner Listening Hearts session Discernment Committee set up (with 2 at large members) Experience in both culturally liberal and conservative contexts

22 The PROCESS continued COM supports Postulant in developing a Formation Plan (Education and Formation). Those moving toward diaconate will proceed to School for Deacons (now being developed). Those moving toward priesthood will attend a seminary, or combine academic work with formation in community. Postulants apply for candidacy toward the conclusion of formation.

23 What or who is a DEACON?

24 Diaconal Ministry

25 What or who is a PRIEST?

26 Priesthood

27 Next Steps – for those interested in being Listening Hearts Discerners Are you or other(s) in your parish called to the ministry of DISCERNMENT? If so, please contact the Rev. Laura Sheridan-Campbell, COM Chair at (760/ or Interested persons will be asked to dedicate one weekend to Listening Hearts training, and would be asked to serve two to three times each year 1) in initial meetings with Discerners and 2) as at- large members of Parish Discernment Committees.

28 Next Steps – for Clergy and Discerners Clergy serving EDSD are REQUIRED to attend a session on the New Discernment Process before any person from their parish can enter into the discernment process. Clergy having attended this session are then invited and encouraged to identify lay members who might be called to ordained ministry. Lay persons who are interested in ‘entering’ the discernment process must speak with their Rector/Vicar/Priest-in-Charge before taking further steps to pursue the new discernment process.


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