Introduction to Northern California and Our Diocese

 

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California stretches across 26 counties, from the Pacific Coast to the Sierra Nevada that forms our eastern boundary, and from the vineyards and cities of the south to the Oregon border in the north. Our diocese also includes the Sonoma and Napa wine country, historic Gold Country towns in the Sierra foothills, the orchards and fields of the Central Valley, and the redwood forests of the North Coast. Northern California’s cultural and political diversity is as varied as our geography. Trinity Cathedral and the Office of the Bishop are located in Sacramento, California’s capital city. Click here to see a map of the Diocese of Northern California.

The southern part of our Diocese occupies much of the North Bay sub-region of the San Francisco Bay Area.  This includes Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties, which have a combined population of over a million people.  Nearly 2.5 million people live in the greater Sacramento area making it California's fourth largest metropolitan area. About half of our worshipping communities are located in these two areas.  The other half of our worshipping communities are located in the less populated northern part of our diocese.  This area includes the rich agricultural lands and small communities of the Sacramento Valley, which is framed by thick forests and beautiful mountains. While some more rural areas have stable or declining populations, northern California has sustained population growth overall, and many communities within our diocese have experienced rapid population growth as rising housing costs in other areas of California push people to seek new opportunities and more affordable options.

The Diocese of Northern California was established in 1910 as the Diocese of Sacramento after 36 years as a missionary district. But the history of The Episcopal Church in this area begins even earlier, in 1849, when a small prayer group organized itself in Sacramento, eventually becoming what is now St. Paul’s, Sacramento, the oldest congregation in our diocese. There are now 68 parishes and missions in the Diocese of Northern California, plus the seasonal chapel at Fallen Leaf Lake and the Belfry, a joint ministry of Episcopalians and Lutherans at the University of California, Davis. There is one Episcopal school in the diocese, St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School in Carmichael, serving 255 children in preschool through 8th grade. The bishop serves as the chair of the St. Michael’s board. Within our diocesan boundaries, there are three Episcopal camp and conference center properties: St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker and the Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg, both owned and operated by the Diocese of California; and Noel Porter Camp and Conference Center, owned by the Diocese of Northern California and closed since 2016. The Diocese of Northern California also has deep ties to the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) and the School for Deacons in nearby Berkeley; five priests from the diocese currently serve as trustees at CDSP and three deacons serve on the board of the School for Deacons. Many diocesan clergy are alumni of these institutions.

 

 

The Diocese by the Numbers

Fast Facts

  • There are 31 fulltime clergy positions in the diocese and 2 parishes with fulltime assistant priests 
  • Our 2017 average Sunday attendance was 4,862
  • Our 2012 average Sunday attendance was 5,552
  • We have 9 congregations with an average Sunday attendance equal to or greater than 150
  • We have 31 congregations with an average Sunday attendance equal to or less than 50
  • In 2017 we celebrated 43 baptisms of people 16 years old or older 
  • In 2017 there were 114 baptisms of children under 16 years old
  • In 2017 there were 28 congregations with no baptisms reported 
  • There are 68 parishes and missions in the diocese
  • Our oldest parish, St. Paul’s, Sacramento was founded in 1849
  • We're made up of 7 deaneries
  • We're home to 199 canonically resident clergy
  • There are 42 clergy canonically resident in another diocese, but licensed in Northern California
  • We have 86 priests who are age 72 or older, who may be working as interims, supply priests, or priests-in-charge
  • We're served by 44 deacons, 43 of whom are active

 

 

Congregations

The average Sunday attendance for each congregation in 2017 / 2012. 

Russian River Deanery

  • Cloverdale, Good Shepherd 36 / 21
  • *Ft. Bragg, St. Michael and All Angels’ 38 / 25
  • Gualala, Shepherd by the Sea 26 / 33
  • Healdsburg, St. Paul’s 93 / 96
  • Kenwood, St. Patrick’s 102 / 140
  • *Lakeport, St. John’s 17 / 22
  • Monte Rio, St. Andrew’s (a parochial mission of Incarnation, Santa Rosa)
  • Petaluma, St. John’s 87 / 82
  • Santa Rosa, Incarnation 177 / 233
  • Sebastopol, St. Stephen’s 80 / 75
  • Sonoma, Trinity 80 / 75
  • *Ukiah, Holy Trinity 34 / 27
  • Willits, St. Francis’ 31 / 38

Semper Virens Deanery

  • Arcata, St. Alban’s 70 / 73
  • Crescent City, St. Paul’s 17 / 23
  • Eureka, Christ 97 / 132
  • *Ferndale, St. Mary’s 4 / 6
  • Fortuna, St. Francis’ 25 / 32
  • Trinidad, Sts. Martha and Mary (a parochial mission of Christ, Eureka)

Sierra Deanery

  • Alturas, St. Michael’s 9 / 16
  • Auburn, St. Luke’s 84 / 87
  • Grass Valley, Emmanuel 150 / 164
  • Lake Almanor, Holy Spirit 10 / 10
  • Nevada City, Holy Trinity 116 / 182
  • Quincy, Christ the King 32 / 18
  • *Susanville, Good Shepherd 14 / 16
  • Tahoe City, St. Nicholas’ 18 / 30

Wingfield Deanery

  • Benicia, St. Paul’s 114 / 107
  • Calistoga, St. Luke’s 29 / 23
  • Davis, St. Martin’s 168 / 217
  • Fairfield, Grace 67 / 81
  • Napa, St. Mary’s 148 / 188
  • Rio Vista, St. Brigid’s 16 / 0
  • St. Helena, Grace 160 / 184
  • *Vacaville, Epiphany 77 / 89
  • Vallejo, Ascension 54 / 52
  • *Woodland, St. Luke’s 77 / 100

*Church has not yet filed 2017 parochial reports; 2016 average Sunday attendance is reported.

Alta California Deanery

  • Anderson, St. Michael’s 9 / 16
  • Chico, St. John’s 134 / 132
  • Corning, St. Andrew’s 14 / 7
  • Mt. Shasta, St. Barnabas’ 44 / 44
  • Paradise, St. Nicholas’ 63 / 82
  • Red Bluff, St. Peter’s 35 / 41
  • Redding, All Saints’ 117 / 130
  • Willows, Holy Trinity 15 / 16

Capital Deanery

  • Cameron Park, Faith 215 / 290
  • Carmichael, St. George’s 40 / 39
  • Carmichael, St. Michael’s 151 / 200
  • Elk Grove, St. Mary’s 67 / 81
  • Fair Oaks, St. Francis’ (closed April 2018) 52 / 79
  • Folsom, Trinity 216 / 132
  • Galt, St. Luke’s 21 / 34
  • Placerville, Our Saviour 58 / 62
  • Rancho Cordova, St. Clement’s 53 / 58
  • Sacramento, All Saints’ 83 / 94
  • *Sacramento, St. Matthew’s 13 / 49
  • Sacramento, St. Paul’s 66 / 84
  • Sacramento, Trinity Cathedral 428 / 501
  • Sutter Creek, Trinity 67 / 95

Central Deanery

  • Antelope, St. Andrew’s 35 / 35
  • Colusa, St. Stephen’s 13 / 19
  • Gridley, St. Timothy’s 21 / 19
  • Lincoln, St. James’ 53 / 57
  • Marysville, St. John’s 34 / 43
  • Oroville, St. Paul’s 30 / 38
  • Rocklin, St. Augustine’s 139 / 84
  • Roseville, St. John’s 211 / 233
  • Wheatland, Grace 11 / 15
  • Yuba City, St. James’ 19 / 20

 

 

 

Demographics

Four of the twelve fastest growing counties (Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado and Placer) in the state by percentage are served by the Diocese of Northern California. All four have growth rates greater than 1% which is above the statewide average of 0.77%. Placer County, with a growth rate of 1.56%, is the fastest growing county in California. In addition, Solano County has a growth rate of 0.9%. The diocese contains 12 larger cities with growth rates greater than 1%: Sacramento, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Folsom (in Sacramento County), Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln (in Placer County), Woodland, Davis (in Yolo County), Vacaville, Fairfield (in Solano County), and Chico (Butte County).

The State of California, through its Department of Finance, develops substantial demographic information annually; it is the most current and most accurate information available, and can be found here. Detailed and current information is available on all counties and cities in the state.

 

Finances

 

The Annual Budget

The annual budget is approved by the Board of Trustees and is adopted in November of each year; the budget year is January 1 to December 31. You may access the 2018 budget and the most recent statement of financial position in the Diocesan Convention report here. Diocesan budgets details from 2013-2018 can be found here

Apportionment Reform

The diocesan budget is funded in large part by annual apportionment payments from the congregations. In 2013, the Board of Trustees modified apportionment payments to reduce the rate. The reduced apportionment levels went into effect in January 2014 and are reflected in diocesan budgets beginning in 2014. 

Net Asset Project

The Board of Trustees has completed an extensive and thorough evaluation of its funds to determine if they are unrestricted, temporarily restricted, or permanently restricted. That information is contained in the Net Asset Breakout and is available here

Asset Drawdown

In order to “smooth out” the reduced revenue impact of apportionment reform, the Board of Trustees adopted a policy to allow for a drawdown of unrestricted assets of not more than 4% per year. Although the diocese has been taking the drawdown on an annual basis, the diocese has benefited from a strong and rising stock market in these periods offsetting much, if not all of the drawdown on an annual basis. The annual results of this policy are shown in the “Increase/Decrease in Unrestricted Net Assets before Non-Cash Items” in the annual financial statements. The budgets do not attempt to project a gain or loss as a result of changes in the stock market; however, the “drawdown policy” is discussed as part of the annual budget adoption process.

 

 

Diocesan Ministries and Programs

Members of our diocese are engaged in a multitude of creative and mission-minded ministries in our congregations. These ministries are too numerous to mention here but span a spectrum from community gardens to engagement in social justice in our local communities and throughout the world. We are proud of our congregationally-based ministries and believe them to be a testament to the desire present in all our congregations to serve others. Click here to browse some of our recent newsletters and read about the diversity of wonderful ministries in our congregations. Listed below are major diocesan-wide ministries and programs with which the next bishop of our diocese will have direct involvement.

LEVN Volunteers

The Belfry

The Belfry operates two programs. One is the Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University of California at Davis, which offers worship, Bible study, outreach, and support to the university community. The other, founded in 2012, is the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network (LEVN), a program of the Episcopal Service Corps with a cohort of volunteers at sites across metro Sacramento. LEVN is leaving the Belfry and moving to Sacramento in the fall of 2018. The pastor at the Belfry is the Reverend Casey Dunsworth (ELCA); the executive director of the Belfry, the Reverend Jocelynn Hughes (Episcopal) is resigning, and the Belfry has started their search for a new executive director. The executive director of the Belfry reports to the Belfry board of directors.   

The Board of Trustees 

The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body of the diocese, and first met in 2012 after a restructuring that combined a Diocesan Council and a Diocesan Board of Directors. It carries out its charge through four committees: Budget and Finance, Congregational Development, Diocesan Audit, and Property.

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Camps

Camp Living Waters, a ministry of the Semper Virens deanery, is a six-day overnight summer camp in the Redwood Valley. Camp Noel Porter is a camp and conference center in Tahoe City, owned and operated by the diocese since the early 20th century. Due to low attendance and lack of funds, the summer camp program there was discontinued in 2016, and the future of the property is currently under discussion. For more information on Camp Noel Porter, reports to Diocesan Convention and board minutes are here.

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The Center at St. Matthew's

The Center at St. Matthew’s is a recently established outreach center on the campus of St. Matthew’s Church in Sacramento. At present, it houses a charter school, a preschool, an extension of midtown Sacramento’s River City Food Bank, and a clothes closet. Community dinners, served quarterly, help provide a safe place for residents to gather and share fellowship.

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College for Congregational Development 

The College for Congregational Development (CCD) is a “two-year, comprehensive training program for laity and clergy” to become able to “develop congregations of all sizes, locations and conditions in to more faithful, healthy and effective communities of faith.” The trainers in the CCD include trainers from other diocesan programs, and five from our own diocese. More information about the College for Congregational Development can be found here.  

 

Communications

Staff in the Office of the Bishop manage the diocesan website and social media presence and, along with special e-mail announcements, produce two newsletters: the Aurora, a monthly newsletter for the clergy of the diocese, and the Diocesan e-News, a newsletter for all members of the diocese that comes out three times a month.

Companion Diocese in Honduras

Northern California enjoys a companion diocese relationship with the Diocese of Honduras. In 2017 an intergenerational mission trip enabled 14 volunteers to travel to Honduras and build community and relationships there. Funds from our diocesan Millennium Development Goals Commission and the parish of Faith, Cameron Park have helped construct classrooms at Holy Spirit Bilingual School/Iglesia Espiritu Santo. There are plans for Honduran young adults to visit Faith, Cameron Park and continue building relationships and mutual understanding.

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Cursillo

This church-wide program operates ecumenically in some parts of the diocese. Cursillo weekends have resulted in renewed commitment and energy for the mission of the Church. There are at least eight parishes with a significant Cursillo presence, and an unknown number of other churches with a few participants; the related Kairos program is also active in several area prisons. The support of the bishop and other clergy is significant to the life of the movement.

Disaster Preparedness and Response

Recent disasters within our diocese (earthquakes, wildfires, and floods) have highlighted the need for the formation of a standing diocesan Disaster Response Team. In cooperation with Episcopal Relief and Development, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, deaneries, and diocesan senior leadership, the ongoing formation and expansion of the Disaster Response Team ministry is in partnership with the existing Disaster Preparedness Team, which seeks to assist congregations in developing their emergency and disaster response plans. More information about this work is available here.

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Education for Ministry

Eighteen congregations and one prison in the diocese have Education for Ministry (EfM) groups, and there are 469 EfM graduates and students in the diocese. Each year an EfM graduation service is held at Trinity Cathedral.

Episcopal Community Services (ECS)

Episcopal Community Services (ECS) administers Ministry Development grants for new efforts focused on human rights advocacy, human service or health programs, or lay leadership/empowerment programs. In addition, it awards the Warren Dunning Memorial Grant, a 3-year commitment encouraging a congregation to implement a ministry and then develop a plan to sustain the grant’s activity, with their own funding sources, beyond the life of the grant. Finally, it administers the Anita Weaver Grant, a $15,000 grant for one year to help persons (ages 50 and older) to move from homelessness to supportive housing with a plan leading to a long-term solution. The bishop of the diocese serves on the ECS board of directors. 

Episcopal Foundation of Northern California

 The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California was established in 1983 to enhance the “financial vitality of our congregations and institutions.” Since 1992, the Foundation has facilitated over $36 million in gifts, and is currently working on a program to promote planned gifts. The Foundation also facilitates the Bishop’s Partnership Appeal. The bishop of the diocese is ex-officio the chair of the board of the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California. 

Episcopal Relief and Development 

The diocese has embraced four priority areas offered by Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD): early childhood health and education, gender-based violence and reconciliation, resilience and climate change, and response to local disasters.

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

There are seventeen specified goals, and the diocese has focused its efforts on three: Comprehensive Education, Better Farming Techniques, and Relief of Hunger and Economic Growth. Funding for these efforts has come from the commitment to use 0.7% of the diocesan budget for overseas development. In addition, a few churches contribute with monies from their own 0.7% commitment. Liberia, Honduras, and Jerusalem are among the recipients of funds and assistance.

Indigenous Ministries

The diocesan Indigenous Ministries Missioner, Deacon Lewis Powell, has facilitated several workshops on the Doctrine of Discovery and has represented the diocese at Standing Rock, Winter Talk conferences, and the 400th Anniversary of the death of Pocahontas.

Intercultural Ministries

This diocesan commission has taken a hiatus from being solely responsible for offering Anti-Racism Training in order to “focus on the Commission’s mission and purpose, to design a sustainable training program and attract additional members.” Anti-Racism training is currently being offered in the diocese through the Kaleidoscope Institute, coordinated by the Office of the Bishop. There have been focused ministries for these populations: Indigenous, Latino, Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries, and refugees.

Jubilee Ministries

Two Jubilee officers, Marcia Traner and Deacon Derek Jones, train and support persons reaching out to people in need through service, partnerships, and advocacy. At present there are eleven Jubilee centers in the diocese.

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Lifelong Christian Formation

This diocesan program is coordinated by the Reverend Anne Clarke, a member of the staff in the Office of the Bishop. In addition to occasional youth events throughout the year, there are three summer youth discipleship opportunities. One is the Pathways Youth Pilgrimage in which youth and young adult leaders travel to appropriate sites to learn about racial and environmental justice. A second is participation in the Episcopal Church's triennial Episcopal Youth Event. A third effort is offering scholarships for summer camp participation at sites in and near the diocese. 

The Lifelong Christian Formation coordinator is also responsible for our diocesan Safe Church program, providing information about online and in-person training, and maintaining checklists of which leaders need to complete training as canonically required. Lifelong Christian Formation also offers adult opportunities and leadership development. The Bishop’s Book program has given parishioners across the diocese the opportunity to read and discuss books which deal with important issues. Toxic Charity and Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict are two of the most recent offerings. The Bible Challenge has focused on the diverse ways in which congregations read the Bible together. The Children and Youth Ministry Retreat offers adult leaders the opportunity to reflect and plan together. Finally, Lifelong Christian Formation has fostered participation in local leadership development and in conferences beyond our diocese.

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Ministries of Health 

This commission has worked to support and encourage healing and health ministries in more than 30 congregations. It collaborates with Episcopal Community Services, assisting with yearly grant cycles for several projects. The commission is also in charge of our recovery ministries, supporting Episcopalians in recovery and promoting 12-Step Eucharists and the use of non-alcoholic grape juice in liturgies.

Religious Orders

The diocese is home to many persons, lay and ordained, who live out a Rule of Life as directed by various religious orders, including the Third Order Franciscans, The Fellowship of St. John the Evangelist, Associates of the Community of the Transfiguration, and the Daughters of the King, among others. The Community of the Transfiguration had a branch house in Eureka until recently, when one sister died and the other moved to the motherhouse in Ohio. A brother from Mt Calvary Monastery in Santa Barbara, a house of the Order of the Holy Cross, often joins diocesan clergy for spiritual direction at the annual clergy conference.

Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and Refugee Ministries

This ministry cooperates with the Episcopal Migration Ministries of the Episcopal Church. At present it is considering involvement in immigration reform or refugee re-settlement. It also offers resources and ideas on the website for consideration by interested congregations.

 

Office of the Bishop

 

The Office of the Bishop has been located in leased office space since a fire in 2010 that destroyed its former home adjacent to Trinity Cathedral. 

Office of the Bishop Staff

 

Diaconate

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There is a strong and active cadre of deacons in the diocese. They engage in a wide variety of ministries, focusing on everything from homelessness to racism, and hunger to violence. During and since the recent devastating wildfires in our diocese, deacons have been active in disaster relief and in raising awareness about disaster preparedness. Deacons serve on several boards and commissions of the diocese, including the Commission on Ministry, the Standing Committee, the Liturgical Commission, the Board of Trustees, and the Bishop Search Committee. One serves as the Indigenous Minister for the Diocese, and one is a Past-President of the Association for Episcopal Deacons. There are two Archdeacons, and our deacon leaders participate in the annual Archdeacons/Deacon Directors conference. Most of the deacons are graduates of the School for Deacons in the Diocese of California, while some are formed through online courses and individual formation plans. At present, there are 39 canonically resident deacons and 5 who are canonically resident in other dioceses but licensed here. Two reside out of state, and five are “retired.”

 

Listening Events 

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The Bishop Search Committee hosted four listening events in early 2018 and encouraged parishes across the diocese to hold their own listening events to gather information about who we are as a diocese and what is on our minds as we began the search for a new bishop. Participants were asked several questions to help them reflect on their experience as members of this diocese. The listening events were well attended and over twenty congregations hosted their own listening events to contribute their voices to this profile. 

Participants described the diocese as loving and inclusive, focused on outreach and helping others, maintaining a “healthy tension between tradition and an openness to change.” Many participants noted that our geographic diversity is a defining feature of our common life. Participants also valued the liturgical and theological diversity within the diocese and expressed a desire for leadership that would respect and encourage that diversity. Several participants noted their appreciation that the diocese now permits the blessing of same-sex marriages. 

Participants appreciated the diocesan response to recent disasters in Northern California and were strongly in support of new diocesan programs like the Pathways program for youth. Participants in Total Ministry congregations enthusiastically expressed their appreciation for the support of the Office of the Bishop and diocesan governance for their ministries. Appreciation for the work of the Office of the Bishop staff during times of clergy transition and crisis in parishes was expressed frequently. Several lay leaders were excited about their training in the College for Congregational Development. Clergy participants appreciated diocesan support for the vocational diaconate, the strong pastoral support provided to clergy in this diocese, and also mentioned that the clergy of the diocese are more collegial now than in the past, that there is a “growing sense of community in clergy gatherings, less fracturing.” There has been significant clergy transition in recent years; participants are excited about the many new clergy arriving in the diocese.

At the same time, participants were concerned that in most of our congregations attendance is declining, membership is aging, and there are few young people and children; despite the region’s growing population. Some participants expressed a concern that we have a systemic aversion to growth as evidenced by missed opportunities to plant new churches and expand existing ones in areas of the diocese with growing populations. Concern was also expressed that our membership does not reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of northern California. Our failure to reach northern California’s significant Latino/Hispanic community was frequently noted, though other ethnic or linguistic communities with significant populations in northern California were rarely mentioned. The financial health of the diocese, the passing of deficit budgets, and the drawing on investment principal to balance the budget were also matters of concern. Congregations outside of the major population centers worried that their voices and concerns are not represented within decision-making circles in the diocese. Many participants expressed feelings of marginalization, fractured and broken relationships, division, and disconnection, and it was noted that this is a long-standing challenge within the diocese that we have not been able to address and overcome. Many participants stated that they don’t know what is going on in other congregations and in the diocese as a whole and that they don’t feel a connection with other congregations and individuals within the diocese. 

Communication was one of the most often identified challenges; participants desired clearer, more effective communication, and in diverse ways, fearing that they were missing opportunities for ministry because no information about them was readily available. Some participants are excited about the possibilities the heavier usage of technology would provide our large diocese, removing obstacles like twelve-hour round-trip drives to meetings by having more meetings online and connecting and communicating through social media. Other participants from rural areas of the diocese expressed dissatisfaction with the reliance on e-mail communication, noting that internet connections in their locales are often slow, unreliable, or unavailable, and that older parishioners in more rural areas are less likely to have internet access or proficiency in using it. 

Facilitators of the listening events noted the varied and sometimes contradictory responses by participants, making clear the sensitivity, flexibility, and creativity that is required of our lay and ordained leadership. 

 

The Bishop We Seek

 

We seek a bishop who will be our chief evangelist, who will communicate their faith in Jesus Christ in a sincere and compelling way, and who will lead us in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people in northern California and form and guide disciples by the Scriptures and Sacraments. 

We seek a bishop who will be present with us, physically present in our congregations; while we understand that bishops serve the entire Church, and not just their diocese, we need a bishop whose focus is confronting our particular challenges in our particular context, and who is willing to spend their time here with us. 

We seek a bishop who will facilitate transformation by confronting our challenges honestly and directly; who is willing to propose, engage, and lead us in confronting difficult questions, having difficult conversations, and making difficult decisions; and who will lead us in taking responsibility and action for accomplishing our mission. 

We seek a bishop who will act thoughtfully, critically, and strategically; who will regularly evaluate our goals and our success in achieving them; and who will assist struggling congregations in evaluating their health and developing strategies that enable them to support their mission and ministry.

We seek a bishop who will collaborate with us in developing this diocese and its congregations to reflect our communities; who seeks to understand us and our context here in northern California; and who respects our diversity of communities and liturgical styles.

We seek a bishop who will recognize and nurture the ministry of every baptized person: lay, priest, and deacon. We seek a bishop who will identify and support strong lay leaders and who will bring together diocesan lay leadership to learn from and encourage one another.

We seek a bishop who will continue to develop an innovative and creative vision for our ministry to and with children and youth. We are proud of the work the Office of the Bishop has done to create and develop the Pathways program, and we would like to see it continue to grow, along with more creative and effective programs like it.     

We seek a bishop who will strengthen the connections between the people of the diocese; who understands that such a diverse population requires multiple modes and platforms of communication; who communicates not only news and events, but also ideas and common goals; and who understands that the quality, substance, and accessibility of the communication is more important than the quantity and frequency of it. 

We seek a bishop who will be prudent and creative in the stewardship of the diocese and its resources; who will sufficiently and appropriately staff and manage the Office of the Bishop to meet the changing needs of diocesan congregations; and who will address our budget deficits so that we can live within our means but still do the work to which we are called. 

We seek a bishop who will build bridges; who will help us to bridge the divides between our congregations with a compelling vision for the future of our diocese; and who will build bridges between the congregations of our diocese and communities in northern California who are not currently well served by them, especially racial, linguistic, ethnic, and immigrant communities who are a large percentage of the population in this region, but are underrepresented in the membership of The Episcopal Church.