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Office of Pastoral Development

The Rt Rev’d F. Clayton Matthews    
Bishop of the Office of Pastoral Development

Lindy Emory
Office Manager & Assistant to the Bishop

2857 Trent Road
New Bern, NC  28562

800-334-7626 Ext. 6163
252-635-5006 (fax)

Vocational Formation of Bishops
Support for Episcopal Elections

  • Guidelines for an election process
  • Guidance and support for Standing, Search, and Transition Committees
  • Deployment and support of Consultants for the election processes
  • Deployment of Assisting and Assistant Bishops
  • Reference and background support
  • Pastoral contact for nominees before and after elections

Canonical Support for Bishop-Elect

  • Oversee Physical and Psychological Exams
  • Oversee Consent process
  • Guidance for Canonical Questions

Transition Support for Bishops Elect and Spouses

  • Pre-Consecration visit with Bishops-Elect and Spouses
  • Retreat for Bishops-Elect and Spouses  Mentor Bishop and Spouse Program
  • Individual Mentors for two years with quarterly meetings

Annual Continuing Education Courses

  • Basic course for new Bishops and Bishops-Elect
  • Advanced Courses on timely topics

Mid-Career Evaluation

  • (CREDO for Bishops co-sponsored with the Church Pension Group)
  • Every other year for Bishops in office at least 3 years

Annual Transition Towards Retirement

  • For Bishops and Spouses 3-5 years from retirement