Episcopal Transitions and Elections Project
10 years, the College for Bishops and the Office for Pastoral Development (OPD)
review the practices in use for bishop search and transitions, and the adequacy
of resources to support dioceses undergoing them. To date, there has been no
systematic way of evaluating how well the prevalent search and transition
practices and related resources have served the needs of widely differing
diocesan contexts across the Church. In Summer 2007, the Episcopal Transitions
and Elections Project (ETEP) Task Force decided to undertake a national survey
that would gather detailed and systematic feedback on specific aspects of the
process from a spectrum of perspectives. The goal was to identify what is
working well, what needs improvement, and what would be helpful in the future.
topics of the survey were the search, the transition (pre-election, election,
post-election, and long-term) and pastoral care given throughout the process.
Most of the questions addressing these topics focused on obtaining specific
feedback on the process for improving it and developing additional resources,
procedures, or policies. Some also sought to identify goodness of fit of the
process to diocesan culture and the extent to which regional, national or
Anglican Communion issues may have influenced the search, election and
2008 Survey Preliminary Draft Report: Partial Results Overview can be found here.