On Saturday, 21 September your Vestry and Search Committee gathered together for a retreat in the Parish's Chapel. The Vestry invited the Search Committee to join them for fellowship and formation and to discuss how to best support the Search Committee in its work moving forward. We can’t express enough how much this gesture from the Vestry means to our committee. The search process for a new Rector can feel quite daunting but we remain grounded by keeping the Holy Spirit and the needs and wants of the broader Parish at the center of our work.
On Rally Day, we had the opportunity to share our initial timeline for the search process. The first phase of the process, commonly referred to as “Self-Study,” involves engaging the entire Parish community to answer the following questions:
- Who are we as a Parish today?
- What do we want the future to look like?
- What qualities and characteristics do we want in the next Rector?
We will be discussing these questions at the small group meetings on September 22nd, 29th, and October 13th. Our hope is that as many members of the Parish as possible can attend these sessions. We will also be conducting additional discussions with various stakeholder groups across the Parish, including, but not limited to youth groups, our senior members, various committees, and parents of young children, etc. Hard copies of these questions are available on the Parish website and in the Narthex (front entrance) of the Parish for your review.
All of these discussions will serve as input into the creation of our Parish Profile, which for many prospective candidates will be their first exposure to the Parish of the Epiphany. Understanding who we are and where we want to go, along with the desired qualities of a new Rector will also guide our approach to future candidate review and selection.
We plan to complete the Parish Profile and post the job role by the end of October. The window for receiving applicants will likely close by year-end. As we enter 2020, we will begin the interview process, which will include three rounds of interviews, culminating in the selection of the next Rector of the Parish of the Epiphany to align with the start of the next program year. While our timeline is ambitious, it is also subject to change. Finding the best fit in a new Rector for the Parish is more important than any timeline and if we determine we need more time to properly complete our search, we will pivot accordingly.
Along this journey, we will provide search process updates to the broader Parish through The Three Crowns newsletter, announcements at Sunday services and the Parish website. If you have any additional questions about the process feel free to contact the Search Committee at: email@example.com.
We are both honored to serve the Parish in this important work and humbled by the journey ahead. We ask for your voices and prayers and we commit to listening and serving as ambassadors of the needs of the broader Parish throughout this process.
Loving and gracious God, we gather as one community to seek your wisdom, guidance, courage, and strength. Be with us in our work and help us to be wise in the decisions we make for the Parish who have placed their trust and confidence in our leadership. Grant us the humility to always seek your will in all that we do and say. All glory be to you, loving God, now and forever. Amen.
Love in Christ,
Liz Kinchen and Michael Schrader
Co-Chairs, Reactor Search Committee