1.3 Bungee Jumping with Bishop Andrew Doyle
What is it like to be the spiritual leader for 75,000 people? What do the challenges of the Church look like from the perspective of an Episcopal bishop, and how does one find hope in a world with so much hardship? Bishop Andrew Doyle handles these questions and more with ease, authenticity, and copious amounts of hope in what feels like a comfortable conversation in a favorite neighborhood café.
Andrew Doyle, ninth Bishop of Texas, describes his six-word autobiography as: “Met Jesus on pilgrimage, still walking.” Bishop Doyle received his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary after receiving a fine arts degree from the University of North Texas. Prior to his election in 2008, Bishop Doyle served for five years as Canon to the Ordinary. He also served churches in Temple and College Station, as well as being elected deputy to several General Conventions. He most recently served on the Structure Committee and as president of the Compass Rose Society, a global group of patrons and leaders making a difference in the Anglican Communion. Today, he coaches new bishops and continues to lead in the wider church and Global Communion.
Bishop Doyle’s focus for ministry is service, evangelism and reconciliation, planting 15 new churches and more than 50 new “missional communities” in the next five years. An avid reader and fly fisherman, Bishop Doyle has written several books, often mixing references from pop culture’s music and movies with the latest in secular leadership trends in order to reach the broadest spectrum of readers and challenge Episcopalians to move into their communities with the Gospel in word and action. His writings include: “Unabashedly Episcopalian: The Good News of the Episcopal Church,” 2012; “Proudly Episcopal,” 2015; “Church: A Generous Community Amplified for the Future,” 2015; “A Generous Community: Being Church In A New Missionary Age,” 2015; “Small Batch: Local, Organic, and Sustainable Church,” 2016; “The Jesus Heist,” 2017; “Vocātiō: Imaging a Visible Church,” 2018; “Citizen: Faithful Discipleship in a Partisan World.” 2020; “Embodied Liturgy: Virtual Reality and Liturgical Theology in Conversation,” 2021; and “Episcopate: The Role of Bishops in a Shared Future,” A Collection of Essays, 2022.