Selecting a New Incumbent

In our Diocese, a new Incumbent is selected by the Area Bishop following recommendations of the Parish Selection Committee (PSC), which always works with the Area Bishop. The tasks included in this work are to:

  • Ensure compliance with the diocesan canons
  • Make sure all interview procedures and decision are as objective and fair as possible
  • Provide a comprehensive and accurate profile of the parish

The PSC consists of the Churchwardens (and in the case of multi-point parishes, one Churchwarden from each congregation), and such other members of the parish, not fewer than 4 or more than 6 to be determined by the Churchwardens and to be elected by Vestry (or in the case of multi-point parishes, by the Parish Executive Council). The composition of the PSC should attempt to reflect the diverse communities within the parish. The normal maximum size of the PSC is six, but it may increase to eight in multi-point parishes.

Where do we begin?

  • Elect a chairperson
  • Arrange a meeting date with the Area Bishop
  • Read Canon 10 of the Diocesan Constitution and Canons
  • Request the Parish Selection Committee package from your Area Bishop’s office and read the material thoroughly

See an overview of the Parish Selection Process.