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.
My first meeting with the transition team was on October 28. The team had already been hard at work for the last couple months. We have three primary areas of focus: (a) recognize and celebrate Bishop Wollersheim (b) facilitate an election process that is fair and clear (c) plan the installation for the next bishop. While the Synod Constitution provides a great deal of direction on the process, there are many details that are left up to the discretion of the council and transition team. Our most recent meeting focused on how we can help the delegates of the assembly understand the gifts of those who are put forward for bishop. As you may know, any ordained ELCA pastor can be considered for being bishop. We are actively working on how we can get from that point to an elected bishop in just a few days at our synod assembly.
I look forward to keeping you all updated in the coming months. If you have any questions or ideas please let us know. Most importantly, we ask that you keep the team in your prayers. We look forward to seeing how God will continue to work through this church.