Listening Sessions


The Rev. Dr. Philip Linder, Chair of the Search Committee, shared the following message on February 5, 2020, regarding the planned Listening Sessions that will begin the search for the 15th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina:

This is an exciting and hope-filled time in the Diocese of South Carolina! The Standing Committee has announced its decision to move forward with a search for our next Diocesan Bishop, and has appointed the Bishop Search Committee whose work has already begun. 

As part of the process of discerning what we, as a diocese, are looking for in our next bishop, we have planned for a series of Deanery Listening Sessions so that your input can be included in the Diocesan profile. The hope is that faithful Episcopalians in every parish and mission in the diocese will take time to attend one of these Listening Sessions, so that the Diocesan profile will accurately portray our identity as Episcopalians from across the Diocese.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend one or more of the Listening Sessions along with Search Committee members! 

Online Listening Session Questionnaire - Available March 10 - March 27

The Bishop Search Committee values the voice of every Episcopalian in our Diocese and wants the Diocesan Profile they create to reflect the input of all of these voices. If you were not able to attend a Listening Session, or you attended and would like the opportunity to add to what you shared, please use this form to offer your input on the Listening Session questions.

Please submit your responses by March 27.

If you have questions, please contact the Rev. Dr. Philip Linder, Chair of the Bishop Search Committee, at

March 7, 10:30 am - 12 pm: The Southern Deanery

 All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting Street, Hilton Head Island SC 

February 27, 6-7:30 pm: The Charleston Deanery

 Church of the Holy Communion, 218 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC 

February 22, 10-11:30 am: The Pee Dee Waccamaw Deanery

 St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 801 11th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach, SC 

February 12, 7-8:30 pm: The West Charleston Deanery

 St. George's Episcopal Church, 9110 Dorchester Road, Summerville, SC 

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Listening Session Questions


The following are the questions that will be asked as a springboard for discussion in the Deanery Listening Sessions. Members of the Bishop Search Committee will be present to listen and record the responses and input of Episcopalians from throughout the Diocese of South Carolina as the search for the 15th Diocesan Bishop gets underway.  

  • Over the last 10 years or so, what successes and joys have you experienced that keep you committed to this diocese?

  • Over the same period, what challenges have you been through?

  • How would you tell the next chapter of our diocese as you envision it will be 10 years from now?

  • If talking to the new bishop, what opportunities would you tell him or her to expect? 

In addition to these questions and responses, an overview of the timeline will be discussed.