The Office of Pastoral Development of the House of Bishops provides direct support to the Presiding Bishop and the House of Bishops in the areas of Episcopal Formation and Development, Pastoral Care of Bishops, their families and diocesan systems, and mediation in Title IV (disciplinary) matters. Episcopal Formation and Development involves providing direct support for all Episcopal elections, training and mentoring for all bishops, vocational assessment, retirement transitions, and deployment of bishops.
Pastoral care means making residential care facility referrals for bishops and priests, planned interventions, and mediation within Diocesan systems. Mediation within the Title IV disciplinary canons means providing a response from the Presiding Bishop’s Office to complaints and formal charges against or concerning bishops. The intent of the response is to satisfactorily address the cause(s) of the complaint or charge in such away that proceedings for a possible Presentment and Ecclesiastical Trial do not have to occur.