Below is the Search Timeline leading the 11th Bishop of Central Pennsylvania. Please note that these dates are subject to change as the process continues.
The Standing Committee calls for nominees to the Search and Discern Committee for the 11th Bishop of Central Pennsylvania
The Standing Committee hires a consultant to the process, the Very Rev. Ronald Clingenpeel
A Chaplain to Bishop and Mary Ellen Baxter is appointed.
The Very Rev. Ronald Clingenpeel leads an opening retreat with the Standing Committee and the Search and Discern Committee.
The Search Committee is commissioned by the Standing Committee.
The Transition Committee is commissioned by the Standing Committee and begins plans for Celebration of the Ministry of Bishop and Mary Ellen Baxter.
The Transition Committee appoints a chaplain to the Diocesan Staff.
The Search Committee subcommittees begin work on the Profile, the Nominating Process, Discernment Spiritual Support, Communications and a web site, and Educational resources.
The Search Committee’s work groups for the Listening Events begin work.
January – March 2014
Listening Events are conducted around the diocese.
An Assisting Bishop is chosen by the Bishop who will become the Diocesan Provisional Bishop upon Bishop Baxter’s retirement on 5/31/14.
March – June 2014
The Search Committee works on the Profile, receives and considers narrative analysis of data gathered during Listening Events, works on educational resources for diocese, develops nomination process and questions for nominees and candidates, plans detailed work calendar, develops spiritual support for discernment at all levels.
Celebration of Ministry of Bishop and Mary Ellen Baxter at Cathedral
Provisional Bishop elected at our Diocesan Convention.
Search Committee reviews all applications. Conducts virtual interviews with selected candidates.
Search Committee conducts initial tier of reference checking.
Search Committee selects candidates to attend finalists’ retreat. Conducts second round of reference checking.
Search Committee plans finalists’ retreat
November 10 – 13
Search and Discern committee holds retreat with finalist candidates
Search and Discern Committee develops a slate of candidates
Slate is announced
Petition process opened
Petition process closed
March 14, 2015
Electing Convention at 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Harrisburg
April – July 2015
Consent of other Bishops and Standing Committees is sought for consecration
September 12, 2015
Consecration of 11th Bishop of Diocese of Central Pennsylvania