CAT SURVEY COMPLETION
The pre-search began with an honest assessment of our parish through the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) survey, provided by HolyCow! Consulting. The CAT survey is an important tool of discernment in the rector search process, and the survey results will directly inform the creation of the Parish Profile. We are thankful for the nearly 200 people who submitted a survey. An emailed copy is available to you upon request from Liza Moore our Parish Administrator.
PARISH PROFILE CREATION
In April 2019, the Vestry Executive Committee formed a Parish Profile Committee comprised of individuals skilled in research, writing and communications, and project management. The Parish Profile Committee will consolidate the results of the CAT survey with its own in-depth research of St. Richard’s in both its current and historical iterations. The final product will be a narrative document that allows prospective rectors to see who we are, where we came from, where we hope to go, and what we seek in our next leader.
RECTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS AND FORMATION
The call for nominations for the Rector Search Committee began on April 21 and closed on May 15. Thanks to every member of our congregation who prayerfully considered a call to this important ministry and submitted names accordingly. In late May, the Vestry identified a balanced and diverse group of individuals with a deep love of and commitment to St. Richard’s to find our next Rector.
The Search Committee will be trained by the Diocese Transition Minister and commissioned during a Sunday morning service. Our Search Committee was selected to represent you. Please talk with committee members about what you would like to see in a new rector.
PHASE 2: ACTIVE SEARCH
During this phase, the Rector Search Committee will vet, visit, and interview many candidates. Candidates may be self-referred; referred by parishioners; or recommended by others (such as the Bishop and Canons of our diocese). Names of candidates may be added at any point during active search but must be approved by Bishop Doyle before being contacted by our Rector Search Committee.
While the committee will keep the congregation informed about the general progress of the search, the specifics of the search (the candidates’ names and current parishes, for example) must remain strictly confidential.
After deep prayer and careful reflection by the Rector Search Committee, Active Search culminates in the selection of a single candidate for the Vestry’s consideration. The Vestry will listen to the recommendation of the committee during a specially called meeting and vote.
PHASE 3: THE CALL
Upon approval by the Vestry, the Senior Warden will call the candidate to let him or her know the positive results of the vote. The Bishops and Canons of the diocese are also informed, and the candidate is issued a call to serve and invited to visit St Richard’s. (This visit will not be a public one, as the priest may still be committed to his or her current parish.) If the call is accepted, the Bishop is notified and plans to celebrate this new ministry begin in earnest.