On Tuesday, September 20, the Search Committee presented the Vestry with the names of three candidates for rector for St. Margaret's Church. The congregation is indebted to the Search Committee for its hard work done in a loving and prayerful manner. We now ask that God be present in our midst and in the hearts and minds of the Vestry as they discern the needs of our Parish and select its rector.
Greetings from the St. Margaret's Rector Search Committee.
The Search Committee has had a busy month! We wanted to take a moment to let the congregation know what we have be doing.
Our rector call was posted on the Diocese’s website from early April to the end of May. 58 candidates submitted profiles and resumes; we received many wonderful resumes from well-qualified candidates and from all over the country.
The Search Committee spent many hours reviewing all 58 profiles (a small mountain of material), reading candidate sermons and blogs, and listening to online sermons. We held 2 long evening meetings in which we were asked to discern 15-18 candidates for phone interviews. Our meetings were prayerful and thoughtful and each Search Committee member had the ability to hold candidates within consideration.
Immediately after our discernment meeting, Kathy Anderson sent thoughtful, personal messages to the 40+ candidates who were not selected for phone interviews. Many of the candidates responded with thanks for the kind message and expressed regret that they would not be moving forward as they had heard such good things about St. Margaret’s.
Because the candidates under consideration for our call may also be under consideration at other churches, it is important that we move through the later stages of the process efficiently. After our discernment discussion, we immediately scheduled 5 interview sessions over the following 4 weeks in order to accommodate the candidates' schedules. Several Search Committee members rearranged work and personal commitments to ensure that we were able to stay on schedule.
Lou Steadwell scheduled phone interviews with all candidates within 2-3 days following the discernment meeting. One candidate withdrew from consideration after receiving a call from another church. 30-minute phone interviews began Friday night, June 17, with 3 interviews, continued all day Saturday, June 18, with 5 interviews, Monday night June 20, with 4 more. Due to travel schedules and the July 4th holiday, the final interview session will be held Wednesday night, July 6, with the final 3 interviews.
The entire Search Committee has gathered in one place for each of the phone interviews, so that we can be together as we interview the candidates. Lou Steadwell arranged for take-out meals and snacks at each interview session. Marty Williams made her office conference room available to us, and we sit around a rectangular wooden table with a speaker-phone in the midst. Terry Brady has led off and closed out each interview session with a prayer. The committee prayed that the Spirit would help each candidate to share their gifts with us and prayed that the Search Committee members would hear and recognize those gifts.
We will meet again for discernment the week of July 13 to select 6-8 candidates to visit at their home church and to interview them on home ground. Small groups of 3-4 Search Committee members will visit each candidate.
After the visits to the 6-8 candidates' home parishes/towns are completed, the Search Committee will meet again to discern the 5-6 candidates who will be invited along with their spouse to visit the Search Committee in Washington, DC.
The last discernment will result in 3 candidates who will be recommended to the Vestry.
Aside from the 3 candidates who will be forwarded to the vestry, only the Search Committee will know the names of the other candidates. The parish will only know the name of the person who accepts our call.
The candidates saw the heart of St. M coming through in our parish profile. We received comments on St. M seeming to be a place that is - honest, authentic; courageous and open; welcoming and truly inclusive (not just saying the words, but making it happen). Many candidates noted how the importance of kids and young people seemed to be popping up all through the profile; some noted the emphasis on healing and learning; others saw our intellectual curiosity and hunger for learning; many asked us about growth. Many said, "this is a place where I could see myself and where I would love to serve."
We feel very confident that we will have a wonderful, new rector. We will keep you informed as we progress through each phase of the process.
It is an exciting, energizing, and somewhat exhausting process to be part of your Search Committee. Our group has bonded over laughter, prayer, deep conversation, and the amazing meals Lou Steadwell has provided us at our meetings. We do ask that you hold each Search Committee member as well as each of the candidates in prayer.
Kathy Anderson and Terry Brady
Our parish profile has been approved by the Diocese.
We hope that this document captures the spirit of our congregation and tells prospective candidates what we feel is special and unique about the parish. While this document is the work of the entire search committee, special thanks go to Susan Schneider, Kathy Anderson, Marty Williams and Mitch Wood for writing and assembling this document.
At the Adult Forum on Sunday March 20, the Rector Search Committee will present the Parish Profile to the congregation. This document summarizes the content from the congregational gatherings and survey conducted in January. This document will be used to recruit our new rector.
We have attempted to capture the spirit of our congregation and to tell prospective candidates what we feel is special and unique about the parish. While this document is the work of the entire search committee, special thanks go to Susan Schneider, Kathy Anderson, Marty Williams and Mitch Wood for writing and assembling this document.
This document has been approved by the vestry. The document being presented is considered a draft version until it has been approved by the Bishop.
The Search Committee will also provide an overview of the next steps of the Rector Search process.
The Rector Search Committee is would like to thank all who participated in our survey and congregational gatherings! The response was fantastic.
Please see the attachments below for the data that was gathered. These responses will be used as input for the parish profile that will be used to recruit our new rector.
Over 100 parishioners attended one of the 3 congregational gatherings. 55 parishioners responded to the survey. Our search consultant commented to the committee that this is evidence of the vitality of our parish and the great interest that members have in the rector search.
The Search Committee will spend the month of February writing the parish profile. In March, while the profile is being approved by the vestry and the Diocese, we will be drafting interview questions.
Please join us for an Adult Forum on February 20 at 10:15 in the parish hall. Please join us for an Adult Forum on February 20 at 10:15 in the parish hall. Emily Carson and Mitch Wood will provide an update from the Search Committee.
Please take a few minutes and respond to the Rector Search Survey. This is one of the most important ways that the Search Committee can learn about what's important to you about life at St. Margaret's and the talents we are looking for in a new Rector. Thank you.
SAVE THE DATES! Between services on Sunday, January 9 and Sunday, January 16, 2011 and during the early evening of Monday, January 10, 2011 (exact time to be announced), the St. Margaret's Rector Search Committee will host hour-long events (open to all parishioners aged 12 or older), where attendees will have the opportunity to respond to several broad, thematic questions about our congregational life and regarding the professional skills and personal qualities that we desire in a new rector.
Your input is critically important! The feedback and collected data will be valuable for the search committee as it writes the parish profile document and as we move on to further steps in the discernment process. Make plans to attend one, two or all three sessions! Share your concerns, offer your ideas and suggestions, brainstorm, pray, and reflect with other parishioners as we consider our parish's mission and future.
Kathy Anderson and Terry Brady presented this report to the parish.
August 26 - Members of the Search Committee are: Kathy Anderson, Terry Brady, Emily Carson, Carolyn Eaves,Tom Head, Tracy Lush, Genevieve Moreland, Susan Woods Schneider, MelissaMullins Shaw, Lou Steadwell, Marty Williams, and Mitch Wood. We are very grateful to all 21 parishioners who applied and offered their time and talent for the future of St. Margaret's. There will be ample opportunity for the whole parish to participate in the profile,search and transition process over the coming year.
July 30 - Search Committee nominations close.