Saint Mark’s is on a journey to find out who we are, where we are going, and who we should choose to lead us moving forward. We are discerning God’s calling for our faith community – learning who we are and what God is calling us to do. Once we have fully and faithfully gained a complete understanding of God’s purpose for Saint Mark’s we will begin taking steps to engage in a search process to seek and call for a leader that will be best suited to the mission God has called us to.
Discerning God’s Spirit
During 2012, our vestry has been working to began the discernment process by taking a closer look at the Vestry (Executive Committee) and Chapter (joint Episcopal Church in MN/Vestry body) – its canons, its structure, and its role at the cathedral. Our wardens and vestry members have taken on commissions to meet and work with our various ministry groups in order to get to know them and their view of Saint Mark’s as a cathedral and a community.
In 2013, we will begin to assess our readiness to start on a formal discernment process with assistance from Canon Karen Olson, Missioner for Ministry, and the Rev. Canon Timothy Hodapp, Missioner forMissionfrom the Episcopal Church inMinnesota. As we move through the year, a timeline may come into focus and we will share estimated timeline of process as it materializes.
More details on the formation of a Transition Team and the discernment process will be shared as details become available.
After the work of the Transition Team is completed and the Vestry has approved the Team report and suggestions, the Vestry will commission a Dean’s Search Committee to begin laying out the process for engaging a new Dean for Saint Mark’s. There is no set timeframe for beginning the search process.
The Right Reverend Bruce Caldwell
The Right Rev. Bruce Edward Caldwell, retired bishop of Wyoming, is our Transitional Spiritual Leader. Bishop Caldwell was born on July 8, 1947 in Painesville, Ohio, the son of the Rev. Robert M. and Lois Caldwell. He entered the General Theological Seminary, New York Cityin 1975 and received his M.Div. in 1978. He was ordained to the Diaconate in June of 1978 and to the Priesthood in March of 1979. Bishop Caldwell has served churches in Harlem, New York, and Tampa; and as Director of the Yukon Valley Training Center, where he worked to develop indigenous ministry among Native Alaskans. He and his wife founded Cornerstone Ministries, an inner-city outreach ministry in Tampa.
Bishop Bruce on his role as Transitional Spiritual Leader
“We are”, as Wes Frensdorff one of the founders of the Total Ministry movement once said, “a people gathered for ministry, not gathered around a minister.” I can not imagine a greater job description than to work to empower the people of God. It is quite impossible to shape this world as God would have it, without the full participation of all of God’s people.
Power comes to us through the Holy Spirit, it grows through relationship, is shaped like the cross, and has its greatest effect when shared.