How long will the transition take?
Calling a new rector is one of the most important events in the life of a parish. As such, the congregation will engage in assessments, visioning, and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. This work takes time. The Call Committee is nevertheless committed to moving the process along and it is our hope and prayer to have called a rector by the end of 2020.
Who is on the call committee?
The Vestry prayerfully discerned who should be asked to be on the Call Committee. It was the Vestry’s intent to have a committee with a broad range of gifts and one that reflects the diversity of our parish. Committee members are as follows:
Co-chairs: Matt Rich and Julie Young
Who is eligible to become our rector?
All ordained Episcopal or Anglican priests in good standing and under the age of seventy-two are eligible. In unusual situations, Lutheran pastors are also eligible. However, a priest who has served a parish as an interim is not typically eligible to be called as rector.
What are the steps in the search for the new rector?
- The Call Committee is appointed by the Vestry. A transition prayer is incorporated into Sunday worship. In this way, the congregation is regularly in the process of praying for the Vestry, Call Committee, Day School, and the transition itself.
- With the Call Committee in place, the congregation begins initial reflection and discernment. Listening sessions will be held and the congregation will have an opportunity to participate in an online survey called “The Congregational Assessment Tool” (CAT). Parishioners who do not have access to the internet will be able to take a paper survey.
- The Diocese conducts a Property, Business, and Human Resources review of our parish.
- A subcommittee of the Call Committee works on writing the Office of Transition (OTM) Ministry Portfolio utilizing their knowledge of Christ Church and Day School and other key aspects of our church life, along with responses gathered in the listening sessions with parishioners. The Portfolio is posted by the diocese on the Episcopal Church’s nationwide database. This subcommittee also develops a Parish Profile describing our church in words and images to tell prospective rectors who we are. The Profile will be posted on this website.
- After posting the OTM Portfolio and publishing the Parish Profile, the Diocesan Transition Officer will receive names. The transition officer will phone their counterpart in the candidate’s diocese to conduct a red flag check (are there any major issues we need to be aware of ?). If there are no red flags, names will be passed on to the Call Committee.
- The Chairs will receive the names and distribute information about candidates to Call Committee members. Confidentiality is essential. Best practices of interviewing and evaluating are used to ensure non-discrimination of candidates on the basis of race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc.
- The Call Committee will review all applicants and decide who will move forward in the process. Those chosen will be sent questions to respond to in written form.
- Based on answers to written questions, the Call Committee decides who to interview in video format.
- The Call Committee discerns together after the video interviews and decides who to interview in person. References are checked.
- The Call Committee will visit candidates in their home parishes or ministries in groups of two or three. After these visits, the Call Committee will discern who will be invited to come to Christ Church for an interview. From our parish, only the Call Committee and Vestry will meet with candidates in Coronado. When candidates visit, they also meet the Bishop and possibly the Diocesan Transition Officer. If the Bishop is traveling when the candidate visits, she will arrange to meet via video conference
- After the Call Committee discerns together, they will present 1-3 finalists to the Vestry. At the same time, a background check by Oxford Document Management Company is initiated on all finalists.
- The Vestry makes the final decision as to whom to call as our new rector. The Senior Warden or the Wardens together issue the formal call. The diocese puts together a letter of offer to be presented to the priest selected.
- Once the letter of offer is signed, the Vestry will communicate the call to parishioners. This is coordinated with a diocesan announcement.
Why is the search confidential?
The search process is confidential in order to protect the ministries of the candidates and their relationships with their current parishes.
How will our parish know where we are in the process?
The Call Committee will provide general updates to the parish on a regular basis.
How do we find candidates?
Word of mouth is very important; we encourage parishioners to recommend priests who have impressed them. In addition, the position will be posted with the Episcopal Office of Transition Ministry and advertised in Episcopal News Service.
How can parishioners recommend possible candidates, make other suggestions, ask questions, or make comments?
An email address has been set up for this purpose: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, feel free to talk to any member of the Call Committee or leave a note in the church office for us.