The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops’ Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight plan now makes provisions for individuals seeking ordination.
The bishops made minimal changes to the expanded plan, which was presented by the Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little II, Bishop of Northern Indiana. Bishop Little’s document expanded on “Caring for All the Churches,” an agreement approved by the bishops in March 2002.
“The bishop providing delegated pastoral oversight may also, with the consent of the Bishop Diocesan and his or her own commission on ministry and standing committee, care for persons from the parish receiving delegated oversight in the ordination process,” the expanded statement says. “Thus the person testing his or her vocation seeks ordination through the discernment process of the diocese of the bishop providing delegated oversight, and his or her formation is under the direction of that diocese.”