Dana Burgess (Vestry)
Liza Devine (Youth)
|Janie McIntyre (Chair)|
Bill Nuttall (Vestry)
|Cate Watson (Youth)|
Reid Joyner (Volunteer Scribe)
Almighty God, we ask for your guidance and blessing as we seek a rector for St John’s.
Give us open minds and the ability to truly listen and hear each other and those who have entrusted us with this ministry.
Be present in all our gatherings and deliberations; make us aware of your love and will for us; give us courage and good humor,
and keep us mindful of our calling to serve your purpose and to witness to your love in all we do and say; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
We are continuing to work hard in the process of discovering who our new Rector will be.
We are hosting Parish Wide Visioning Conversations to clarify St John’s Values and Visions and to establish our Search Criteria.
The Parish Wide Visioning conversations are happening through a method called Appreciative Inquiry.
This Inquiry will help us define who we are, identify our strengths and weaknesses and clarify the vision for the future of St John’s.
Another important part of the rector search process in The Episcopal Church is the OTM (Office of Transition Ministries) profile.
Both the congregation searching and the rector applicants fill out and file their OTM profiles, which have similar questions,
with the Office of Transition Ministries located in New York City.
St John’s Search Committee and Vestry are diligently working on the responses to the 12 questions (see below) and when they are approved they will be published for the congregation to see.
When St. John’s files their profile, tentatively scheduled in June, the position will be posted and the Search Committee will begin to receive names after the posting is completed.
1. Describe a moment in your worshipping community’s recent ministry which you recognize as one of success and fulfillment.
2. Describe your liturgical style and practice. If your community provides more than one type of worship service, please describe all:
3. How do you practice incorporating others in ministry?
4. As a worshipping community, how do you care for your spiritual, emotional and physical well-being?
5. Describe your worshipping community’s involvement in either the wider church or geographical region.
6. How do you engage in pastoral care for those beyond your worshipping community?
7. Tell about a ministry that your worshiping community has initiated in the past five years. Who can be contacted about this?
8. How are you preparing yourselves for the Church of the future?
9. What is your practice of stewardship and how does it shape the life of your worshipping community?
10. What is your worshiping community’s experience of conflict? And how have you addressed it?
11. What is your experience leading/addressing change in the church? When has it gone well? When has it gone poorly? And what did you learn?
12. Please provide words describing the gifts and skills essential to the future leaders of your worshiping community.