An invitation to participate in Diocese of Maine’s Mutual Study of Ministry
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Diocese of Maine,
I would like to ask your help.
Bishop Lane has been with us for several years now. His ministry is a challenging and complicated one: he is our chief pastor, crisis manager, prophet, administrator, liaison to the larger church, and more.
One of the ways we can support his ministry is to say “thank you,” words I hope the Bishop hears regularly.
Another way we can support his ministry is to help him know how we perceive his work. What is most effective? Where might a different approach be helpful?
The survey that is linked below is the first step in the Mutual Study of Ministry that your Standing Committee is doing along with the Bishop. Would you set aside 15 minutes to offer your appreciation and your suggestions? The check boxes will be helpful in getting an overview, but the comments are at least as important.
Whether you are a life-long Episcopalian or have only attended your church for a few years, we would like to hear from as many people across the diocese as possible. While we ask some demographic questions at the end of the survey, we do not ask you to identify yourself or your congregation.
After the survey responses are in, we’ll continue the process with a small number of in-person interviews with folks in the diocese. We’ll talk to a sampling of people who have experience with the Bishop. But this will only be a sampling. The survey is our chance to hear from everyone.
Later in the year we’ll report to the diocese on what we and the Bishop have learned from this process.
But first it’s time to listen to you. We look forward to reading what you have to offer. Your responses would be most helpful if we receive them by May 1.
President, The Standing Committee
click to Take the Survey!
The MSM will have two parts: 1) a broad web-based survey of the people of the diocese for any who might wish to take part; and 2) in-depth interviews of about 20 persons identified by the Standing Committee. In addition, members of diocesan staff will be interviewed about their work with and for the bishop.
The Standing Committee has called the Rev. Thad Bennett, consultant to various ministries in the Episcopal Church and with the Episcopal Church Foundation, to assist us in our work. Thad has crafted the survey and will assist with interviews. Thad will also help collate the data from the surveys and interviews and will present the findings to me and to the Standing Committee. The MSM is beginning now and will be completed by mid-June.
I’m excited about this opportunity to review where we’re going, and I encourage each of you to take part. Questions about this process may be addressed to me or to the Standing Committee. We will share our learnings with you later this year.
The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane
Bishop of Maine