This page is updated with information regarding the Rector search at Christ Church Coronado. The most recent update is at the top and you can scroll down to view previous updates. For additional information, please use the three buttons below.
October 4, 2020
Dear Christ Church family,
Good news! As you know, our parish has been in a transitional phase for well over a year now since the departure of Reverend Anne last July. But we have wonderful news to report - we have called a new rector. She is Reverend Regan Schutz, coming to us from Sewanee, TN. She has plans to arrive mid-November, along with her husband Paul and two daughters Cecilia and Genevieve, to take up residence in the Christ Church rectory.
I want to particularly recognize the Call Committee, Julie Young and Matt Rich, as well as all of the members of their committee, who have, for well over a year, dedicated their time and talent to searching out a new rector for our parish. They conducted a nation-wide search and came up with many qualified candidates.Through a process of discernment and prayerful decision-making we narrowed it down to one, and that’s Reverend Regan. The Vestry and Call Committee are absolutely convinced that she is the right person for our parish and that God has sent her to lead us in the next chapter of our life here at Christ Church.
There will be more information forthcoming and we will keep you up-to-date as we move along towards welcoming Rev. Regan to Christ Church next month. We thank you for all of your continued prayers during this discernment process and hope you’ll lift continued prayers for Reverend Regan and her family as they move from their lives in Tennessee to their future home in Coronado.
Update 14 - August 31, 2020
Now that the Call Committee is beginning candidate visits to Coronado, it is natural for you all to be excited and also curious about whom our next rector might be. It is tempting to ask the call committee for information about the candidates. Please know that we would love to share with you but we are pledged to secrecy. It could be harmful to a rector candidate's relationship with his or her current congregation if it were revealed that they are in a search elsewhere. Given that there are about two degrees of separation in the Episcopal Church, the call committee must refrain from sharing any information. Please help us in this by not asking us even the simplest questions like when the candidates will be visiting, how many candidates we have, where are they from, etc.
Update 13 - August 25, 2020
The Call Committee has great news! We have chosen our finalists for the next rector of Christ Church! As I write this, we are putting plans in place for visits to Coronado from the candidates. We ask your continued prayers for the process. In particular, pray for our candidates as they travel to Coronado. May they stay safe and healthy.
Call Committee Co-chair
So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers, and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.
John Lewis, July 2020
August 6, 2020
The call committee has concluded the initial round of interviews via zoom. We are now in the process of discerning who of the many wonderful candidates to move forward to the next phase. Since we are unable to visit candidates in their home churches, we will be conducting limited reference checks as our next step. Following the reference checks, we intend to bring our top candidates to Coronado to meet with the call committee. A sub-committee is working out the details of how we can conduct these visits in a safe way following the existing health guidelines.
We continue to ask your prayers for our discernment process.
June 11, 2020
May 21, 2020
Good news! The response to our portfolio and profile has been extremely positive. Based on the initial information, each of our candidates is highly qualified and is a potential match for Christ Church. We have sent each candidate the list of written questions that we developed following the listening sessions. These questions were designed to evoke thoughtful responses to Christ Church’s highest goals and priorities, and we eagerly await our candidates’ replies.
Next comes the hard part: Finding the finalists. The first step is in-depth research. Every committee member is responsible for evaluating every candidate. Furthermore, each candidate is assigned a “Shepherd” from the committee. The Shepherd will invest extra time researching his or her assigned candidate, and will ultimately present that candidate’s qualifications to the committee. Call Committee member Brian Dix took the initiative to serve as the Lead Shepherd, in order to ensure that each candidate is presented consistently and in the most positive light.
The second step is a video conference (e.g., Zoom). These interviews will be scheduled throughout June, possibly extending through the end of July if we have late responses. We will discern the finalists based on these video interviews. Originally we planned to visit the finalists in their current positions, and then ask them to visit us in Coronado. We may be required to modify this procedure to comply with public health restrictions, which could ultimately result in a delay. For now, we remain on-schedule to have a new Rector in time for Advent, 2020.
The good news doesn’t stop there! We welcomed Michelle Wolfe as a new Call Committee member this past Sunday. Michelle is the center of an active-duty Navy family, and is the mother of two-year old William. Please join with us in welcoming Michelle!
We continue to seek names of potential candidates. If you have suggestions or any questions for the committee, please email us at CECtransition@christchurchcoronado.org.
Finally, please pray that your Call Committee will truly recognize our new Priest, the one who will nourish the people of Christ Episcopal Church from the riches of his or her grace, and will strengthen us to glorify God in this life and in the life to come (BCP pg. 531).
The call committee continues to move forward with our work. We met by Zoom two weeks ago and after much heart felt discussion, we decided to post the portfolio (the position announcement) with The Episcopal Church Office of Transition Ministry after Easter.
The committee agreed to add the following paragraph addressed to prospective rector candidates to the portfolio:
We completed this Portfolio before the crisis began. We grieve the tremendous loss and are worried about the days to come. We know that this is not the best time to be seeking a new rector, but our flock needs a shepherd. With conflicted hearts, we feel we must continue the process we’ve begun. We know you must feel torn about considering a new call at this time. Let us pray for one another.
The portfolio is now in the hands of the Office of the Bishop who does the posting for us. The profile which will reside on the Christ Church website and serves as a more in depth picture of who we are will be posted next week. We are also asking that you provide us with names of priests who you think could serve as our next rector. Our call committee email address is CECtransition@christchurchcoronado.org
I have been honored to work with the call committee. Christ Church is well represented by this group of committed individuals and I thank them for serving with Matt Rich and me.
Peace and health,
Co-chairs: Matt Rich and Julie Young
Cheryl Janus, Vestry Liaison
January 13, 2020The Call Committee thanks you!
With one more listening session to go, more than 100 of you have participated in listening sessions! We are grateful for your participation and deeply moved by your love of Christ Church and care for its future. As one member of the call committee said, “The listening session made me proud to be part of this church.”
And thank you for filling out the survey. We know it was long and some of the questions were complicated. Nevertheless, we had more than 100 responses! We now look forward to learning the results. The call committee and vestry will be meeting with the diocesan consultant on February 1 and we will share the results with the congregation soon after that.
The next step in the process is the creation of Christ Church’s profile and portfolio. The profile will be on our website and tell our story to prospective rectors. The portfolio is entered into The Episcopal Church’s data base and serves as our job announcement to the greater church. We anticipate taking the month of February to write these pieces and posting the position in early March.
If you have names of priests you would like to have considered, please email Julie Young, firstname.lastname@example.org, or give them to the church office.
December 30, 2019
Survey Deadline January 10!
Thank you to all of you who have filled out the survey. Your input is so valuable to us. If you have not filled out the survey online and need a link or a paper copy, please contact the church office.
All Church Listening Session January 5!
There will be one service at nine on January 5 and an all church listening session will be held immediately following. Please plan to attend. While the survey yields quantitative data, the listening sessions provide the “color commentary” that is so important in creating a vision for Christ Church. The listening sessions are your opportunity to share what drew you to Christ Church, what excites you about the community, your hopes and dreams for our congregation, and what you value in a future rector.
This listening session is a critical step in the discernment and call of our next rector and we value your opinions. We are fortunate to have Dr. Equilla Luke to facilitate the session. She is active in the diocese as trained facilitator and mediator. Equilla will employ a number of techniques to assure that your voice will be heard.
If you are unable to attend and have are not participating in one of the already scheduled ministry listening groups, please contact Julie Young (email@example.com) 619-213-2785. An additional listening session will be scheduled if there is demand for one.
The Christ Church Call Committee
December 9. 2019
The call committee wants your input.
We are holding a series of listening sessions to hear what your hopes and dreams are for Christ Church and what qualities you consider important in a new rector. Please put on your calendar Sunday January 5 for a single service at 9 a.m. followed by a listening session.
In addition to our all church listening session, we are holding a number of smaller listening sessions with affinity groups. If your ministry group has not been approached to schedule one, please contact Julie Young if you are interested in having one.
We are inviting parishioners to complete the Church Assessment Tool (CAT), an on-line instrument that will help leaders gauge the strength, vitality, and trends in our church. The information gained from this assessment will be valuable in helping the leaders of Christ Church as they discern the call of a new rector.
You should have received an email with a unique link to the CAT. Please go online by clicking on the link provided, and tell us about your experiences and priorities for our church. Please do not discuss the survey or your answers with others as this may influence their answers.
If you need a paper copy, please contact Julie Young at 619-213-2785 or come to the office, and we will provide one for you along with a self-addressed stamped return envelope.
All answers are strictly anonymous. We have no way of matching any assessment to a particular person, so please feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences. Our future together is dependent on your participation and honest answers.
The Call Committee of Christ Church
December 2, 2019
The call committee has been selected, and are already hard at work. They met with The Rev. Laura Sheridan-Campbell, diocesan director of formation and transition, on November 2 and had their second meeting November 17. The committee is in the process of developing a parish-wide survey and scheduling listening sessions – stay tuned.
Please join us at the Adult Forum Sunday, December 8, at 9:00 a.m., to be introduced to the committee and to learn more about the process and timeline. Committee members welcome your input and ideas.
December 1, 2019
With the beginning of Advent we begin a new Church year and we are in a very good place in our Rector transition process. Much has occurred in the past month, most of it ‘behind the scenes’ and administrative in nature, but we have accomplished a great deal. Your Rector Call Committee was formed under the very capable leadership of co-chairs Julie Young and Matt Rich. With guidance from the Vestry and Rev Laura Sheridan-Campbell, Diocesan Canon for Transition, they had their first formal meeting on November 17.
Work is already underway for a series of Listening Sessions and a detailed Congregational Survey in which you will all have the opportunity to participate. These are extremely important steps as this is how we will gauge the sense of the parish regarding who we are, what we believe, what we want for Christ Church and the Day School in the future, and what we are searching for in a rector to lead us there. We need to gauge our strengths and our weaknesses. Details can be found HERE.
I strongly urge each of you to take the time to participate in both Listening Sessions and the survey. It is your chance to express your concerns and opinions in regard to deciding the future of Christ Church. In the Church office, Sandy Anderson has assumed the duties of the Executive Assistant to the Rector after Kathleen Ireland’s retirement. The Diocese has performed audits of church property, finances, and human resource programs required for a change of rector. We are simultaneously wrapping up our annual Stewardship campaign.
Many thanks to all of you who have pledged this year. Pledging is essential to our ability to budget for the coming year. I’ve saved the best for last. Today Rev Mike Tinnon joins us officially as our interim rector. You’ve all had the opportunity to read his bio so I’ll simply say that we are very blessed to have Mike, with his deep faith and wealth of experience in the interim priest role, as a steady hand on the helm.
Yours in Christ,
August 13, 2019
“Teach me discernment and knowledge, for I have believed in your commandments.” PS 119:66
As we press forward into August, we as a parish are moving on two parallel tracks, into our formal process of calling a new rector and into our annual Stewardship campaign. The two are actually very similar and an appreciation of that will strengthen our resolve to accomplish both in the best way that we can.
The rector transition is about a leadership transition which will reset our church’s trajectory and influence the power of our parish ministries for years to come. This time is an opportunity to enlarge our vision and achieve even more of the great potential of Christ Church.
Stewardship is about using the gifts God has given us to do the work He is calling us to do. Stewardship involves joyous acts of thanksgiving in response to God’s grace. Stewardship is also about enlarging our vision and achieving more of our great potential. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance rather than scarcity.
In both cases, discernment, listening to God’s will, is central. The Vestry will lead the parish through both processes but each of you will be involved. A transition Call (or Search) Committee will be convened by the Vestry in the next month in order to seek God’s will on behalf of the congregation. And a Stewardship Committee will also be convened. The purpose of our annual giving campaign is not only to raise support for our many life-giving ministries but also to help people explore intentional and proportional giving as a spiritual practice that reflects gratitude and generosity for all that has been given.
Be grateful and embrace these tasks. Also please thoughtfully and prayerfully consider if you feel called to serve in either of these committees and let me know.
Thank you and God bless you all,
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,