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Sunday Schedule

8:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II (spoken)

10:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II (with Choir)

5:00pm Themed music, scripture reading, votive candle lighting, prayers & communion


2140 Mission Avenue Carmichael, CA 95608


The Bishop's Election 2019

Episcopal Diocese of Northern California

Timeline and procedures

October 14 – November 12, 2017

Open call for nominations to serve on the Search Committee

November 4, 2017

The Rt. Rev. Barry L Beisner addresses Diocesan Convention, announces his intention to retire and call for the election of a new diocesan bishop. A resulting resolution affirms the Bishop’s address.

Late November, 2017

The Standing Committee names the Search Committee

December 2, 2017

Mandatory retreat for the Search Committee, St. John’s, Roseville

Spring 2018

Search Committee posts Diocesan Profile

Summer 2018

Transition Committee is named

Late fall 2018

Search Committee announces slate of candidates

January 2019

Walkabouts of the Diocese

February 9, 2019

Special Electing Convention, location TBA

June 29, 2019

The Rt. Rev. Barry L Beisner retires

June 29, 2019

Consecration of 8th Bishop of The Diocese of Northern California, location TBA

Search Committee

Bishop search committees generally have 12-18 people.  The ideal search committee is made of “citizens of the diocese” who have the essential skills needed to carry out these assigned duties and responsibilities:

  • Gather information from around our diocese as to the qualities we seek in our next bishop
  • Develop a diocesan profile for potential candidates to consider as they discern whether to place their names in nomination
  • Screen and interview potential nominees through a series of stages
  • Recommend final nominees for the approval by the Standing Committee

The ideal search committee is made of persons who are competent in one or more of the following skill sets:

  • Ability to listen and elicit information from others; organizing such learnings
  • Ability to write a profile that accurately describes the diocese and articulates a call for the next bishop
  • Ability to develop screening tools such as written essay questions, questions for Skype interviews, questions and discussion topics for a discernment retreat, and instruments for evaluating information provided
  • Event planning and management skills for planning a discernment retreat
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Education and communication skills
  • Experience with current technology, social media, video recording skills, etc.
  • Robust and well-established prayer life
  • Knowledge of diocesan policies, procedures, and the functioning of a Bishop in a diocese

The Search Committee will have a mandatory one day retreat on December 2, 2017 with consultant at St. John's, Roseville.

Search Committee Nomination Form

Forms are due no later than November 12, 2017 to The Rev. Cookie Clark, Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, 350 University Avenue, Suite 280, Sacramento, CA 95825-6517,

Transitions Committee

The Standing Committee will name the Transitions Committee in summer 2018.  Bishop transitions committees generally have 10-15 people.  The Transitions Committee:

  • Conducts walkabouts of the Diocese
  • Educates the Diocese
  • Supports the electing convention
  • Supports those planning the consecration
  • Provides pastoral support to the Diocese and to candidates not elected
  • Arranges for a smooth transition for the bishop-elect into the Diocese

The Standing Committee will announce a procedure for accepting self-nominations for the Transitions Committee in the summer of 2018.

Special Electing Convention

Convention delegates and alternates elected at 2018 parish annual meetings will serve as the delegates and alternates for Diocesan Conventionand the Electing Convention on February 9, 2019.

Important: All delegates and alternates are required by Canon to be certified at least 90 days before a convention (You don’t want to be the church that can’t vote for the next bishop!)

Other information

The Standing Committee will name both the Search Committee and Transitions Committee and govern the process. The Standing Committee takes on a similar role to the vestry in a rector search process.  The Standing Committee has ecclesiastical authority/responsibility in the absence of a bishop.  The Office of the Bishop will not be involved in the search process for a new bishop, except minimally for necessary administrative tasks to assist and support the Search, Transitions, and Standing Committees’ work.

The creation of the Diocesan Profile will solicit input from the entire Diocese. The 2018 Congregational Leadership Conferences (CLC) may be used by the Search Committee to gather information for the Profile. Dates and locations:

  • 2/10/18 Incarnation, Santa Rosa,
  • 2/24 St. Albans, Arcata,
  • 3/10 St. John's, Roseville.

Stay tuned through the Diocesan website for forthcoming information and updates: