August 2019

These guidelines are to be sent to the Annual Conference secretaries and the newly elected delegation heads of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference.

In light of the need for effective leadership for the United Methodist Church, the North Central Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy (NCJCOE) asks that every delegation from the North Central Jurisdictional Conference prayerfully examine potential Episcopal nominees with the following criteria.   The NCJCOE recommends that the potential nominee be able to give tangible evidence of:

    Models a genuine and growing faith in Jesus Christ as Lord
    Practices spiritual disciplines
    Has personally created disciples of Jesus Christ
    Demonstrates commitment to a Wesleyan understanding of personal and social holiness
    Models generosity and good stewardship of resources
    Inspires congregations with effective preaching
    Models self-care and relational health
    Demonstrates self-awareness, humility, and confidence
    Successfully initiates, articulates, and executes a missional vision
    Demonstrates leadership in creating vital congregations
    Has a proven record of fruitful leadership where appointed
    Successfully creates effective clergy and laity partnerships
    Creates a “leadership culture” and nurtures new clergy and lay leadership
    Demonstrates ability to be an innovative change agent
    Demonstrates ability to manage a system complex in scope and scale
    Develops effective leadership in staff and laity
    Works well with teams, employs diversity as a strength
    Delegates responsibility skillfully and appropriately
    Is willing to be held accountable for results and to hold staff and volunteers accountable, with grace, for their results
    Has a proven track record of oversight and accountability for programs and finances.
    Has significant experience with the Annual, Jurisdictional and General Conference, and to the global United Methodist Church.
    Would you rejoice if the potential Episcopal nominee became your Bishop?
    Does this potential nominee demonstrate the depth of skills and flexibility such that she/ he     could serve effectively in most Episcopal Areas in the jurisdiction?
    Is this potential nominee prepared and flexible enough to adapt to new structures and                 systems, including possible seismic shifts in the denomination?
    How is this potential nominee preparing his/her congregation and community for                        significant change in the global Church?
    Do you perceive this person as a strong, compassionate and capable leader for this                        particularly challenging period in the UMC?
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