Between March 7-17, 2019, the Bishop Search Committee conducted a survey of the opinions of the members of Diocese of Oklahoma. The survey was open to the approximately 16,000 baptized members and 591 surveys were completed resulting in a sample size that provided a 3.95% margin of error with a confidence rate of 95%. This survey, along with the listening sessions, provided the Search Committee with tremendous insight into the desired qualities we seek in the Bishop Co-Adjutor. We're pleased to share the results with you below.
Bishop Search Survey Results
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The Rev. Mary Ann Hill, President of the Standing Committee, wants to share with the diocese that following the announcement by our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Edward J. Konieczny of his intent to resign and retire on January 1, 2021, the Standing Committee has met with a representative of the Presiding Bishop's Office, engaged the services of a Bishop's Search Consultant and has formed a Search and Nominating Committee to discern candidates for the 6th Bishop of Oklahoma.
The members of the committee are:
Mr. Richard Clements (Committee Co-Chair)All Soul's, Oklahoma City
The Rev. Suzanne Mollison (Committee Co-Chair)St. Paul's, Altus
The Rev. Emily Schnabl (Chaplain)St. Christopher's, Midwest City
The Rev. Tim Baer Grace, Yukon
Mr. Jorge de la CruzSanta Maria la Virgen, Oklahoma City
The Rev. Tom DahlmanEmmanuel, Shawnee
Mr. Blake DutcherSt. Andrew's, Lawton
Mrs. Donna FarriorTrinity, Tulsa
Mrs. Julia HarrisSt. John's, Norman
Mr. Jaron HillGrace, Yukon
Mrs. Becky LiehrSt. Luke's, Bartlesville
Mr. Matt LivingoodSt. Dunstan's, Tulsa
The Rev. Dana OrwigSt. John's, Oklahoma City
Mr. Andy RichardsonChrist Church, Tulsa
The Rev. John TolesSt. Matthews, Enid
The Rev. Gloria WaltersSt. Luke's, IdabelSt. Mark's, HugoSt. James', Antlers
The Rev. Erin Jean WardeSt. Luke's, Ada
The Rev. Chris YoderAll Soul's, Oklahoma City
We ask you to please join us in holding our Diocese, the Nominations Committee and Standing Committee, and Bishop Ed and Debbie in your prayers:
A Prayer for a Bishop ElectionAlmighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a Bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (p. 818, BCP)
A Prayer for DiscernmentGracious God, you call each of us to ministries of love and service for your people: Guide each person who will help choose the next bishop for your flock in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. Give the gift of discernment to the nominating committee and the standing committee, that they may wisely choose candidates who would fill the role of bishop with honor and grace. Awake in each person who may be called to apply to become our bishop a sense of true searching and humble submission to your will. Inspire every voter to enter the discernment process prayerfully and carefully, that our next bishop may lead this diocese to answer your call. We pray this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for Bishop Ed and Debbie KoniecznyHoly Father, we give thanks for the ministry of Bishop Ed and Debbie in the Diocese of Oklahoma. For the love they have given our church, for the relationships we have built with them, and for the mission we have shared together, we offer our gratitude. As they enter a new season of life, fill them with your grace, that each new day may be holy and grace-filled, and that they may find that this transition brings them joy, peace, and fulfillment. All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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