Bishop’s retirement fight takes new turn

The difficulties between Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe and the episcopacy committee to which he reports took a second unexpected turn late June 8, when the committee chairperson released a statement explaining why the panel asked Bledsoe to retire early.

“The results of our evaluation of Bishop Bledsoe were mixed,” said Don House, chairperson of the South Central Jurisdictional Committee on the Episcopacy. “While having some skills as a spiritual leader, his administrative skills, relational skills, and style remain in question based upon our own evaluation tools and through conversations with North Texas Annual Conference leaders. We discussed these results, reports, issues and specific examples with Bishop Bledsoe.”

The committee also determined that reassigning Bledsoe was not a workable option.

To read the rest of Heather Hahn’s United Methodist News Service report, click HERE.