For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Andy Tyrrell. I have served as the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Richmond, IL for the last four years. As you know Bishop Wollersheim is retiring after 18 years of faithful service to our synod. In order to recognize Bishop Wollersheim and provide a smooth transition for our next Bishop the Synod Council decided to put into place a transition team. As part of that team, I was asked to keep you all updated with a regular blog.
We have been making exciting progress. Recently the Synod Council clarified and adopted our recommendations for the bishop election. We are excited to be able to put this process forward to the rest of the synod. This upcoming spring each conference will be holding meetings to discern the election of the next bishop. The conference deans will be meeting with representatives of the transition team in the coming weeks to discuss an agenda for these spring meetings. It is strongly encouraged that lay and ordained delegates attend this meeting so they gain insight into the process. We are in the process of putting together a synod-wide survey to enhance the election. Our prayer is that the Spirit will help us discern the qualities and gifts of the next bishop.
We also have been working hard to plan celebrations for our new bishop and Bishop Wollersheim. These celebrations will take place primarily at Synod Assembly and at the bishop’s installation September 24 at First Lutheran Church in Rockford. We are reaching out to representatives from our companion synods to attend the installation.
We are excited about what God has in store for the church. If you have any questions please contact a member of the team. As always, we appreciate your prayers.
Rev. Andy Tyrrell