Archdeacon Wendy Scott has advised the Bishops of her resignation from ministry in the Parish of Oroua, as Archdeacon of Manawatū, and her other leadership roles in the diocese. Bishop Justin announced Wendy’s appointment as the next Dean of Waikato at Synod, reading the announcement from the Bishop of Waikato and Taranaki, Archbishop Philip Richardson. Synod members responded with rapturous applause.
Copied here is Archbishop Philip’s announcement:
The Bishop of the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, The Most Reverend Philip Richardson has announced that the next Dean of the Waikato Cathedral Church of St Peter, will be Archdeacon Wendy Scott, currently Vicar of the Parish of Oroua based in Fielding and Archdeacon of the Manawatū. In announcing this appointment Archbishop Philip expressed his delight that Wendy has accepted this call to ministry in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki.
“Wendy brings broad experience as a nurse and nurse educator and a priest who has served at the most senior levels in the Diocese of Wellington. She also holds a number of senior national and international roles in our Church. She has been parish priest, a regional archdeacon, a Diocesan Ministry Educator. She chairs the Co-ordinating Group of the Tikanga Pākehā Conference, the regular gathering of the seven Dioceses of New Zealand. She is one of three representatives on the Anglican Consultative Council the international body that draws representatives from across all 40 Anglican provinces worldwide.
But above all else Wendy is passionate about being a follower of Jesus and helping others to also do so. She exudes joy, hopefulness and commitment. I look forward to having Wendy join our team and for the very senior role she will play in leadership across the Waikato, Piako and King Country.
I want also to extend my thanks to the Board of Nomination who worked so carefully and wholeheartedly leading to this appointment. Thanks be to God!”
In 2005 a group of new ordinands sat together and determined how we could change the world (by that we meant our diocese). Idealistic, but we were dreamers determined that we could look different.
I went on to do post graduate study where I was taught the Book of Romans word by word, line by line. Our lecturer was a man in his 80s, and he encouraged us to see the book as a story of potential and possibility: to ask ourselves whether we saw life with a Good Friday stance – that of law, sacrifice, pain, and suffering; with Jesus left hanging on the cross. Or rather, did we choose to stand on Easter Sunday – with a God who breaks through all barriers and conquers death?
Today I stand on the Good Friday of sacrifice and suffering. I could never imagine I would stand in this place of farewell. How could it be that I choose to leave my family in this diocese that has loved me and formed me?! I have made deep friendships with people I have grown to love. I cant imagine not working alongside you all.
But if you choose to let God direct your paths, then you never know where He will lead you.
I want to acknowledge the two best things we have done as a diocese.
The first was to call Justin to be our Bishop. We asked ourselves what would it would look like if someone like him helped shape our vision. We thought we were mad! The province definitely thought we were mad. And yet, we have been led to a place of Kingdom growth in a new and amazing way. And I want to say thank you to Bishop Justin for helping to form me into the leader I am today. I also want to say sorry! Sorry for taking him to places he doesn’t feel comfortable. I remember our first General Synod / Te Hīnota Whānui and I thought to myself “what have we done to you?!” But now I want to acknowledge the depth of his leadership across our province, and the importance of having him in the room. I’m so grateful for who he is and what he offers this whānau.
The second-best thing was to elect Bishop Eleanor. She brings such beauty and grace as our leader and I’m so grateful to call her our bishop. When I was in Hong Kong at ACC17 representing the provincial church, we were hearing from leaders across the communion about the need for discipleship within our churches and there she was on the big screen. I was so proud to claim her as our bishop. Across the world we are being called by the Archbishop of Canterbury to focus on discipleship as a way to strengthen and grow our churches. In that conversation, there Bishop Ellie is, leading not just us but the whole world. This diocese is right on the button. We’re on the right road because we have leaders asking us to go on this journey. This is the Jesus journey.
I’ve worked predominantly in the rural sector. It’s unique and easy to be known, and such an easy way to be connected to your community. I now go to the city. But I want to encourage any leader to consider rural ministry. It’s the best!