Dear Partner in Discernment:
Thank you for seeking out our parish profile! To prepare for our rector search, we conducted many listening sessions with groups of parishioners and participated in the CAT survey to be able to accurately articulate who we are to prospective rectors. Our consensus is that we are a welcoming, progressive, open and inclusive congregation, who enjoys the traditions of our faith and worship. Our 200+ members are predominantly white, financially secure, and well-educated. Because we are nestled between two naval bases, many of our parishioners are active duty and retired military. While the majority of our members live in Coronado, a significant number travel from the greater San Diego area to worship here. Our survey results and listening sessions reflect a diversity of opinions and the overwhelming conclusion that we respect and care for each other—in other words, we’re a family.
Christ Church Day School was founded over fifty years ago and is the only elementary day school in the Diocese of San Diego. Our parishioners consider it to be a vitally important mission of our church and we are committed to its success.We seek a rector who has experience with Christian education and can help guide our school into the future.
As is true of most Episcopal churches in our diocese, our priorities include attracting more families with children and youth to our church and school, and a strategy for enlarging our congregation. Perhaps more unique to us is the desire for more opportunities for our parishioners to form relationships. Eighty percent of CAT survey respondents said that participation in church activities is very meaningful to them. We seek a rector who can help grow our parish family and connect our members in small groups, educational opportunities, and social interactions.
We love a thought-provoking and intelligent sermon that is relevant and engaging. We want opportunities to learn and grow in our individual faith journeys. We delight in the fact that, as one parishioner put it, “It’s okay to ask questions here.” We seek a rector who is a teacher as well as a gifted preacher, who can challenge us and encourage us.
As we all know, life on this side of heaven can be hard. Our parishioners experience difficult relationships, health and professional challenges, loss, and doubt. We seek a rector who is warm and approachable, and who will especially care for this flock in times of trouble and heartache.
Our church motto is “Bridging Love and Service” and outreach is a huge part of our parish identity. “Love and acceptance got me in the door;” said one listening session attendee, “the opportunity to serve keeps me here.” We invite you to learn about our many outreach activities at the links to the left. We are beginning to explore issues of social justice in our parish. We seek a rector who can lovingly support us in our work.
We offer a rector a warm and open community eager to serve and learn alongside you. We welcome priests of all genders, cultures, and sexual orientations to join our parish family. We invite you to learn more about our current ministries and our community in this profile. If you feel so called, we look forward to a journey of discernment with you.
Your fellow travelers,
The People of Christ Church