Leadership and Ecclesiology (Theology of the Church)
The CCOM explores with the discerner how she or he understands and relates to the church both institutionally and as the Body of Christ. How has the discerner experienced life in the institutional church in the past? In the present? What has changed? How does the discerner see the institutional church moving into the future? Is he or she hopeful about the future church? Worried? Discouraged? All of the above? How does the discerner see his or her role in the present and future church?
What sort of leadership experience does the discerner have? How would she or he describe his or her leadership style? Where does the discerner need to grow in leadership? How might this growth be sought and nurtured? How have others described the discerner’s leadership gifts?
How does the discerner understand the authority of the Bishop, the Convention, General Convention, priests and deacons? How does the discerner understand the relationship of clergy and bishop on this diocese? If the question is to discern a possible call to the Diaconate, is the person prepared to go wherever the Bishop asks?
If the discerner is exploring a call to a non-parochial way of living a call to ordination (for example, hospital, school, prison chaplaincy, ordination within a religious or other intentional community, etc.) how does she or he believe that his or her call would be lived out within the larger life of the Church?
How does the discerner handle conflict? Where are her or his growing edges in this area? Can the discerner talk about times when he or she made a major mistake of some sort and what was learned from that experience? How does that experience influence the way the discerner might handle disagreements and conflict?