Bishop Announces Church Appointment Openings

Bishop Announces Church Appointment Openings


Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Grace and peace to you as we begin yet another year of ministry together. I pray that God’s richest blessings might be yours today and throughout this new year.
It is hard to believe that the time has once again come for us to begin the season of appointment-making in our Annual Conference. You may remember that last year we initiated an approach to appointment-making that was far more collaborative in nature. As I shared with you then, our cabinet clearly understands that the dynamics involved in making appointments are constantly evolving. As a result, it is our desire to achieve a deeper level of discernment in our work. The need for greater transparency on our part as well as the full disclosure of particular needs and desires on the part of all of our pastors are key factors in being able to do our work well and build a sense of mutual trust.
While the actual work of discerning and fixing appointments is reserved to the bishop and her/his cabinet, it is important for us to affirm that we are in this work together. As a result, it is my desire to share with you the appointments which are clearly open as we begin this year’s discernment process for assignments. I am sharing this list with you today and inviting you into the initial process of discernment for these appointments.
If you would like to be considered for one of the appointments below, I would encourage you to contact your District Superintendent directly by e-mail so that she/he may lift your name for consideration. In that e-mail I would like for you to clearly state the reasons why you believe that your gifts & graces fit with this particular congregation.
If you express an interest in a particular congregation, I pledge to you that we will consider your name as well as others that are discerned. Please know, however, that there is no guarantee that you will be called to consider this appointment. However, we are open to considering your thoughts regarding these and future openings that will occur during this appointment season. We will also share with you additional clear openings as they arise throughout the season.
We are most interested in hearing from persons who may feel a sense of calling to serve a particular congregation rather than hearing about geographical preferences. It is my experience that appointments made based on personal preferences do not, on the whole, achieve the goal of equipping the church for its disciple-making ministry. Our number one goal throughout the process is to match a pastor’s gifts with a church’s need. When this is done successfully, the setting and the pastor are able to work together in order to fulfill God’s calling in exceptional ways.
Here are the “clear openings” that we are aware of at this point:
Appointment — District

Walden & Bullville — Catskill Hudson
Kerhonkson: Federated & Kripplebush — Catskill Hudson
Westport — Connecticut
Simsbury — Connecticut
Milford: Mary Taylor Memorial — Connecticut
Wethersfield — Connecticut
Clinton — Connecticut
Wallingford — Connecticut
Winsted — Connecticut
Floral Park — Long Island West
Manhattan: Chinese — Metropolitan
Ardsley — Metropolitan
Bronx: Co-op City — Metropolitan
Bronx: Ghana— Metropolitan
Hartsdale: St. Paul’s — Metropolitan
Stamford: First — New York/Connecticut
Mount Kisco — New York/Connecticut
The Parish of the Five Churches — New York/Connecticut
Red Hook — New York/Connecticut
Pleasant Valley, NY — New York/Connecticut
Yorktown Heights — New York/Connecticut

Throughout the appointment season we will be keeping you abreast on the Annual Conference website of appointments made and clear openings that emerge. You may lift your name for consideration at any point during the season. Throughout the process, we encourage you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we attempt to facilitate the ministry of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through the appointments that are made this year. Adding us to you and your church’s intentional prayer list would be a cherished gift to us.
I look forward to our continued partnership as we strive to fulfill God’s calling together!
The Journey Continues, . . .

Thomas J. Bickerton
Resident Bishop