October 26, 2022 — First Report to the Parish from the Rector Search Committee.
Greetings to all.
The search committee has met twice since our installation, and we aim to keep the congregation updated about our work during this time of clergy transition. Here is a summary our work thus far. The next major activity in the search are 12 Questions we will present on Sunday, November 6.
At our first meeting on October 12, we shared hopes and intentions for the search process and outcomes, We learned a great deal about rector search processes from our search consultant Diane Pollard and we outlined our working procedures as a committee.
We are so blessed to have the clear, wise guidance from Diane, from our diocesan transition officer, Canon Martha Kirkpatrick, and in the many thorough documents that lay out the process. We plan to continue meeting every other week, as our schedules permit.
We met again on October 26 and focused on the first phase of the search. On November 2, we will participate in a workshop on unconscious bias, provided by the diocese and required of all Delaware clergy search committees.
In the Episcopal Church, clergy searches happen in two main phases.
In Phase One, a Parish Profile is created. In Phase Two, the job description (with the Parish Profile) is posted, applications are received and reviewed, interviews conducted, a recommendation developed, and an offer is made. The whole process will take us into Spring 2023; our goal is to complete Phase One by the end of the calendar year.
Twelve Key Questions
The Parish Profile will be built around twelve key questions that are provided by the National Office of Transition Ministry, and includes other information about the receiving church (that’s us, SsAM!). Typically, the whole parish is invited to contribute to how we, the committee, will complete the Profile. We are inviting all of you to take part in this committee task by responding from your own perspective to the twelve questions.
Please give us your ideas on the 12 key questions on Sunday, November 6 at the coffee hours following the 8:00am and 10:30am services.
On Sunday, November 6, the Rector Search Committee is hosting two coffee hours (following the 8:00 AM service and following the 10:30 AM service) for the purpose of gathering congregation input on the twelve questions. We will circulate the questions ahead of time so everyone has time to think about them.
After November 6 we will follow up with an online survey for anyone unable to attend the coffee hours that day, as well as a FaceBook page mediated survey process for the same input. We look forward to a robust participation, so that our work on the Parish Profile can faithfully represent the thoughts, practices, values and passions of the SsAM community.
The SsAM Rector Search Committee
Thomas Angell, Ernestine Brock-Walker, Carey Corbin, Sherry Goodill, Christina Brennan Lee, Joshua Martin, and William Young
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