One of the great challenges facing the church today is how to address genuine and substantive theological disagreements with a spirit of charity, humility, and grace. In 2012, the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church adopted a resolution called “Caring for all the Churches: A Response of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church to an expressed need of the Church,” which allows for an honest assessment of these disagreements by providing for "DEPO"—Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight. This arrangement allows for a Diocesan Bishop to delegate certain pastoral tasks to a different bishop for a congregation with which he or she has theological differences. In this resolution, the Bishops wrote:
We are profoundly grateful that the faith that binds us together—grounded in Jesus Christ, rooted in the historic Creeds and in the Holy Scriptures—is deep, and that the bond created in baptism is indissoluble. Our disagreements are nonetheless real, and touch on issues that cannot be easily or quickly resolved . . . [DEPO] is a way of assuring theological minorities that they are beloved and not merely tolerated, and that their presence is a gift rather than a problem.