This spring our synod is discerning what qualities we seek in a new bishop. From my vantage point, this has been a good and engaging process. The ideas, opinions, and insights from people in the synod have been great.
However, many of the responses (including my own) have been very general in nature. We say the bishop must be a good administrator, handle conflict well, be Biblically grounded, patient, pastoral, and visionary. You know, just slightly better than Jesus.
All these things are true. I concede all these general ideas of what a bishop should be. But this only gets us halfway to where we need to go.
The key question for me is: what particular qualities do we need in a bishop now, in this time, and over the next six years?