Each year, deputies to Diocesan Convention are asked to fill out a Post-Meeting-Response sheet, which gives people a chance to reflect on what they have experienced as the community of the Diocese of Lexington gathers. It is truly helpful to the Bishop, Diocesan staff and all those who are part of the planning of each convention to get this kind of feedback.
This year’s Post Meeting Responses or PMR’s had 9 categories that were rated. 91 PMR’s were returned. The quantitative or numerical data returned is as follows:
Please indicate how the following accommodations met your needs:
|Category||More than met||Met all||Met most||Met some||Disappoint|
Any additional comments may be listed here. Please identify subject on which you are commenting by number (i.e. #6 – I feel that, etc.)
- Too crowded – 17
- Couldn’t see screen or presentations
- Prefer screens in two front corners of room as we’ve had previously – 2
- Hotel in best shape ever
- Need better designation and control of areas for visitors, alternates, etc. Am sure crowded conditions were part of it but non-delegates appeared to sit anywhere they wanted with no regard to whether staff had access to staff table, etc.
- Breakout rooms too small; could barely hold participants – 3
- Hotel’s capacity figures either incorrect or misleading
- Room for silent auction and exhibitors too small; prevented any information gathering, conversation or clear displays
- Dead wireless service
- Why stay at one of most expensive hotel/conference centers in lexington?
- What a blessing to hear Bishop Chilton’s opening remarks, extemporaneous and so articulate and her address but most especially her class act in administering and chairing this initial phase of our convention and her grace in modeling how leadership makes mistakes and handles it with humor and humility
- Presentations during dinner not paid attention to; should be done at a different time
- Great Bishops’ skit and proclamation
#5 – Food
- Ran out of food on Friday-why?
- Buffets too crowded- needed at both ends of hall
- Hotel dropped the ball not having adequate food or timely delivery
- Certainly less than satisfying for a Hyatt
- Would like to know in advance that breakfast included on Saturday
#6- Pre-convention Information
- Need time schedule on web site and in preconvention materials
- All reports and resolutions should be on the web page for all to review before convention
- As a deputy I received NO information prior to convention
- On Resolutions like R1 and R2 need at least a summary explanation prior to convention
- As a new deputy could use more elementary information and explanation prior to convention
- Didn’t know about website until the day before
- Need vendor/exhibitor packet with some basics about how the Diocese of Lexington runs its convention- please don’t assume that everyone is familiar with these things-some vendor/exhibitors are complete neophytes to a diocesan convention and need more than is currently available. Table-sharing for exhibitors is not very helpful. Realize there were special circumstances of space this year but it all felt like exhibitors were not particularly wanted or welcomed, more of an inconvenience.
#7 – Bookstore
- Poor location, poor, bland selection
- Need more religious jewelry, crosses, bracelets, etc.
- Need better hours and better inventory; more welcoming presence
- Inadequate inventory for those who so seldom have an opportunity to find Episcopal book selections and merchandise
- Very limited and disappointing
- Well done-especially music choices and leadership from the keyboard
- Disliked breaking up the worship with business
- Is it so hard to find a piano at the Hyatt? Worship seemed slipshod.
- Music was wonderful!
- Great! Best ever!
- Thank you thank you for hearing the comments of the last several years-making worship a reasonable length for a convention setting, with uplifting readings, singable, joyous music, great musician (the best ever- should have a decent instrument to play!)
- Joyful – loved it all! Great singing!
- Best ever! Uplifting and community building- just what was asked for in Holy Conversations – we value our community worshipping together , especially when it is a communal experience and not just a performance or trying to do too much new stuff or things too hard for those with small music programs.
- Enjoyed the “split up” Eucharist-loathed the instrument used in worship
#9 – Elections
- As a new deputy, not aware how to obtain more info on delegates running for office
- Ballots should be prepared after nominations from the floor with agenda adjusted to allow this
Used Convention web site: 58
Did not use convention web site: 6 ( 1 said tried and failed)
What was helpful to you regarding the process for electing the 7th Bishop of Lexington?
- Clear, transparent explanation of nominating process – 16
- Holy Conversations- Great- 7
- Like updates on the LINK
- Hearing about the bishops – 5
- Goals and challenges – 9
- Chance to thank the Nominating Committee for Holy Conversations and to recognize the great leadership team we are so privileged to have
- Clear and orderly process relieves anxiety
- The committee checking back with the convention- the majority of whom seemed to have attended a Holy Conversation – and getting additional input important; made me feel included and informed
- Learned who was in charge of what
What will you take home to your parish for their education/clarification/inspiration?
- Small Church Ministry Consortium/Network meeting and information
- We are not a bullying diocese (new faces on leadership groups, compromise resolution, responses to remarks proof of this)
- We value our life together and are doing all we can to strengthen leadership in our parishes as well as our diocese so we can all live respectfully together
- Icon image; Bishop Chilton’s address
- Continuing focus on mission. Was afraid that without Stacy to remind us to ‘give our treasure away” we would forget that we ARE a missionary diocese
- The new rector from Danville speaking out so strongly about the real truth of the Diocese of Lexington
- Hope and excitement
- Bishop Sauls’ legacy of a healthy diocese engaged fully in creative mission has been embraced and become our diocesan vision and Bishop Chilton is helping us build on it so that our 7th Bishop will be blessed
- Better understanding of convention process
- We need to be informed of what is coming up at General Convention and there are people to ask; to invite to our parishes to speak
- Convention poster- thank you
- Lots of opportunities to be a part of the diocese; serving as a deputy is a wonderful way to feel a part of the diocese
- Our interim bishop is a peace-maker and an inspiration
- All of it
- The joy of this event; the confidence I have in this process of discerning and electing a new Bishop; the spirit of the interim assisting bishop setting the tone
- This is an inclusive diocese
- The positive nature of convention. Last year’s was so joyful and hopeful that I was afraid it could not happen again and it did; says a lot about the health of our diocese and supports Bishop Chilton’s observation that we value our life together
- Cooperative spirit; sense of joy; great leadership on many levels
- Joy of meeting the larger church- now I want to drive to Indianapolis (to General Convention) and before I had no idea!
- We clergy need to do a better job being sure that our congregations and our deputations understand their responsibilities, have their materials, go over them before hand, inform the new, etc.
What will you take home regarding the capital campaign?
- Exciting kick-off-AND to remind everyone that we are more than just the Domain
- Our Bishop’s brought us to where we are today-the Domain is a real diocesan investment, not just a place for kids
- Fervor toward growing it
- Information about the needs
- Let’s do it!
- Optimism; hope – a “gift to the 7th Bishop”
- Focus on mission above all else
- HOKEY presentation
- We all need to participate, regardless of the amount
- We all need to help
Diocesan Mission and Ministries (from presentations or exhibits)
- We are a missionary diocese
- Hopefully a bigger space to learn more next year
- More from Eldoret
- Good updates
- Learned about St. Andrew’s Scarf Ministry, DOK, Godly Play, Domain
- Reading Camp support and participation
- Breadth of our ministries- exciting!
- We are doing great work and need to keep it up
- Loved Mission Moments-would like to have heard from the Leadership Team-next year, please?
- Sometimes feel we get a little lop-sided and over emphasize Domain and youth and don’t put as much emphasis on supporting either in $ or spirit all of our outstanding ministries-and appreciating the many hats worn by several of our staff—i.e. Bryant Kibler and Kay Collier-McL(G?)aughlin—how would we have any of the local or bishop transition holy conversation without that office- could we hear from it next year, although it would have been so appropriate this year. Glad we got to hear from Bryant- he has served so many churches so well for so long.
- Encourage use of web site and subscribe to LINK
- Understand what a resource the Diocese and its emphasis on small church support is to communities, and an awareness of the poor counties within our diocese and the ongoing importance of this resource
- Want a convention session on leadership and bullying
- We have Holy Conversations, mission trips, so much more!
What suggestions do you have for next year’s convention?
- Go outside Lexington
- Choose less expensive venue
- Do it free at Cathedral with everyone bringing food
- Orient new deputies more
- Need more information on how people appointed
- Back to the Marriott
- Bigger space
- Joy going forward- legacy of IAB
- Better method of elections
- No band at dinner- too loud!
- Add asterisk or some symbol to budget items related to MDG’s
- Hold again at Hyatt
- Dispense with Friday agenda- self-congratulatory and grandstanding
- One fund-raiser rather than several
- No country music for evening event
- Have Owen Sammons bring portable organ
- Improve musical instrument for worship
- Strong healthy leadership and how new bishop going to build on this important legacy from 6th bishop needs to be named and claimed
- Meeting with SCMC and Network very helpful; would like to interact more- worship together, music together, communicate together. We would like to craft a marketing plan for SCMC and Network and share resources such as purchase power and speakers
- Calling the bishop’s office not the first best impression of respect of each other- realize the staff busy and overworked and we are attempting to go green. Everyone is not familiar with all diocesan procedures and friendliness rather than irritation at being asked questions would be nice. Perhaps I am one questioner too many, but for me, it is the first time I’ve asked a specific question, and I don’t really feel welcomed to ask another.
- Thank you. It was difficult for me to attend (this convention) however, I give deep thanks that I am here and it is I who am most blessed. I love this Church and its body. What joy to see maturity, respect and genuine love amongst us. Worshipping together , singing together, is a high point. Thank you all for your thoughtful work together for this amazing convention.
- Concern that retired clergy-especially those who live out of the diocese and do not participate in such things as clergy days, holy conversations or executive council feel that they have a right to try to influence convention- bullying tactics seen from others who try to use seniority and wider experience to counter what is newer thinking in and about the diocese today.
- Well done glorious and faithful staff!
- Good job, diocesan staff and Bishop Chilton
- Location excellent, parking good, facility easy to get to
- Want my venting of flawed search process heard
- Don’t arbitrarily change starting times
- One date was given at last year’s convention for this year and then it was changed without explanation
- Why no option to abstain from voting?
- Reading Camp and St. Agnes House auctions too crowded and confusing-should they be done at another time for these important ministries, or given adequate space?
- Signs on doors for all meetings- i.e. Spouses’ breakfast an example