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Leadership Qualities

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles seeks a new generation of lay and ordained leaders committed to meeting the challenges of the 21st century and seeing new opportunities to live and teach Christ’s way of love.

The vision for each congregation is that it becomes a “mission-shaped” community dedicated to proclamation, discipleship, and servanthood in its surrounding neighborhood and in the larger world. We ask God to raise leaders that will nurture congregations to invite, form, send and serve. They will be called to equip and support the baptized in ministries of compassion, justice, and witness in the world.

Whatever their style of leadership, they must be centered in Christ and able to bring a community to life in Christ. In a culture where many people do not understand what it means to be Christian, they must live as witnesses to the Gospel.

Leaders have many and varied gifts for service, we look for certain qualities of character, such as:


  • Leaders have a sense of inner authority that finds its center in God and comes from a prayerful, vital relationship with God.
  • Leaders can articulate the gospel of God revealed in Jesus Christ clearly and passionately to all kinds of people, inside and outside of the Church.
  • Leaders are gifted at building up the Body of Christ, able to identify and recognize spiritual gifts and invite them into full expression.
  • Leaders are flexible and willing to go where the Church needs them. Leaders are willing to take risks for the sake of the Gospel. They are adventurous self-starters who can seed new communities, support healthy and active ministries, or revitalize struggling congregations.
  • Leaders have a spirit of warmth and hospitality that invites people into community. They are able to act as God’s instruments in bringing in a realm of justice and mercy.
  • Leaders are emotionally mature and self-aware, able to tolerate stress, live with ambiguity, be aware of their limitations, and willing, when necessary, to seek appropriate help and support.
  • Leaders are reconcilers able to engage conflict, and work toward understanding and healing.
  • Leaders demonstrate an ability to work with integrity, authenticity, and creativity in uncertainty.
  • Leaders understand and accept the costs of becoming a public figure in a network of visible accountability for their ministry.
  • Leaders reflect the racial, ethnic, cultural, and theological diversity Los Angeles.
  • Leaders demonstrate the ability to live comfortably in a multicultural and global society.
  • Leaders are fluent in English and are capable in another language or are willing to learn. They should have some cross-cultural and cross-class experience.
  • Leaders realize the importance of positive collegial relations across the Diocese of Los Angeles, the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.
  • Leaders are loyal to the Episcopal Church, seek to collaborate with our ecumenical partners in the service of Christian unity and are able to engage in honest, critical reflection.
  • Leaders are willing to respect, relate to, and act under the authority of the Church as represented by the Bishop.
  • Leaders are persons of hope and able to communicate Christian hope. They know how to revive hope when it wanes and can hold onto the hope of new life and to awaken that hope in others