July 30, 2019
Last Sunday we participated in a glorious celebration of Reverend Anne’s five years of ministry here at Christ Church. We all wish her and Dixon many blessings and happiness in the next phase of their lives. And we turn to face the next phase of our Parish life, calling a new Rector to lead us into the future. This will be a period of challenge but also a period of tremendous opportunity. Many of you have been through this process before. My intent today is to assure you that we will not be adrift. Our course will be steady and straight.
Shortly, the Vestry and key Lay Leaders will meet with Rev Laura Sheridan-Campbell, Director of Formation and Transition for the Diocese of San Diego, to discuss the details of the transition.
Rev Mac Collins, who will be familiar to most of you has graciously offered to act as Supply Clergy for the next few months. Mac will conduct Sunday services, Thursday Healing Services, and provide pastoral care in conjunction with Deacon Tom Morelli who has pledged to continue to support us also.
During this period, the Vestry, in consultation with the Director of Transition and the Bishop we will call an Interim Rector who will be in place for about a year but who will not (and cannot) be the permanent Rector. We have been advised that it takes about 10 weeks for the Diocese to bring in an Interim Rector.
We will have the stability and continuity that we need to begin a period of initial reflection and discernment; reflection on the past, on who we are and what we believe and discernment of where we are going and of God’s will for us going forward. Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in this process.
We are a strong, vibrant church with exceptional outreach ministries. We have dedicated Lay Leadership and strong Diocesan support. And above all, we have each other, anchored in a foundation of faith in the Lord. We will not only rise to this challenge but we will emerge stronger and more vibrant than ever.
I offer this prayer for our Church; Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
I will be providing frequent periodic updates throughout the transition which you will find links for below.
Yours in Christ,