How to judge episcopal effectiveness?

The news about Bishop Bledsoe in North Texas has me thinking about our much vaunted systems of accountability.

We have bishops being told to step aside because they are deemed ineffective, but we do not have public declarations about what those criteria of judgement are. Or do we have that and I am just ignorant of them (a distinct possibility)?

What are the standards for judging whether a bishop is effective or not?

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7 thoughts on “How to judge episcopal effectiveness?

    1. Good question, Ed. Bishop Coyner has declared that in our conference “ineffectiveness” is when three churches in a row ask that you be removed from the pulpit.

  1. I think a lot of it is the same as churches.

    Are you growing in membership?

    Do you have professions of faith?

    Are you paying your apportionments?

    Do you pay your billings?

    If all else fails, do you have a story to tell?

    If you are zero for five, then why should the rest of us subsidize you???

  2. Creed I am so glad you started with what could be described as people measurements first and then ended with the story question. Too often we dismiss the living witness to look at stone cold numbers. In various settings it is difficult to evaluate effectiveness the same. Is a pastor effective who did not witness a growth in any of the numerical measures tou asked about but began healing a broken church? I would say yes. I am preparing to go to a church in which that is the case and I am blessed because of it. So yes effectiveness of clergy and bishops and churches remind difficult to gauge but gauge it we must.

  3. Bishop Bledsoe appeared to have declared himself effective 100% based on numbers: that there were more people in worship in each of the last two years than there had been before and that our apportionment percentage pay out was up. Surely, there is a better way than this to decide. And in an email to Bishop Bledsoe a couple of weeks ago, I commented that I’d never seen the standards for effectiveness in the Episcopacy. No reply to that comment.

  4. I agree with a lot of these comments. It’s a difficult thing to quantify because it is not black and white and is most certainly not about numbers exclusively. Bishops, like local church pastors, should lead and motivate their staff, who in turn motivate and lead the local churches. Is a Bishop engaged, positive, making difficult decisions, present, and motivating? Is the conference staff unified to energize local churches?

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