July 8, 2011
In the last several weeks, since we took the first steps in restructuring the diocesan office and the bishop’s staff, I’ve been grateful not only for your prayers and messages of support, but also for your keen questions and insights about how we can reshape our diocese to serve more effectively the mission and ministry of our 124 congregations.
In response to your questions, today we’ve posted on our website a public version of the restructuring report produced by consultants Steve Smith and Gay C. Jennings. As you may remember, the report is the result of three online surveys distributed broadly to 85 people, ten intensive one-on-one interviews with diocesan leaders, and extensive conversation with me.
As you read the report, you’ll find that its twelve recommendations all lead toward building a responsive, service focused staff and culture that will help us better articulate and live out our mission. We’ve begun to act on some of the recommendations already by posting the three executive team positions, beginning to develop a strategic communications plan, and emphasizing responsiveness during this interim period. Other recommendations will be implemented as the new executive team begins work with me in the fall. For now, all of us at 65 E. Huron are grateful for your patience, good humor, and helpful suggestions during the transition.
I’m going to take a hiatus from updating you about restructuring while Lisa and I take a couple of weeks of vacation with family in Michigan, and while, from July 24-August 8, we journey to the Holy Land on the Bishop’s Associates Pilgrimage. While I’m away, please talk with Jim Steen at 312-751-4210 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or with any of the other staff if you have questions, need assistance, or want to offer ideas about how the diocese can best serve you.
On page 15 of the report, you’ll see a reference to “shouting our joy.” As I leave for vacation, I’m shouting with joy at the richness of our ministry and the enthusiasm for it that we share.
Your servant in Christ,
Jeffrey D. Lee
Bishop of Chicago
PS You can now find links to all of my restructuring updates on the home page of www.episcopalchicago.org. Please share the news with your colleagues and leaders who are interested in our work.