The Search for our next rector


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.





Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,


St. Richard’s has been blessed over the years with pastors that have nurtured and led us to serve one another with Christ as our guide.  We are now on a new journey to search for and call a new rector who will inspire and lead us into the future. This page will serve as an information portal as we prayerfully work through this process. It will be updated as we have new information to share.  Please contact me if you have questions or concerns at robinr.mueller@hotmail.com, or 512-497-7220. 


The light of Christ,


Robin Mueller,

Sr. Warden

THE RECTOR SEARCH PROCESS

In the coming months, and with the guidance of the Diocese of Texas and Bishop Andy Doyle, our parish will search together for our next leader. St. Richards is blessed with a growing and energetic congregation, one full of community spirit and a love for God – a congregation who can draw upon this transition period as a time of reflection and joyful expectation. The search process is a linear one, as outlined below, with each step requiring time and consideration. We invite every member of the St. Richard’s family to prayerfully join us on this journey.

PHASE 1: PRE-SEARCH


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.

TIMING & EXPECTATIONS

Although we cannot predict the precise length of our rector search, we can assume the timeline will be no shorter than 12 to 18 months (we are about 6 months into this timing), and possibly longer. St. Richard’s is a large and complex community; finding the right spiritual leader will take patience and prayerful consideration.


The time of transition between rectors may be viewed as a fearful and anxious one; or it may be viewed as a journey of hope and honest discernment for our community. With trust in God; the support of our dedicated Vestry, clergy and staff along with the joy and energy of our congregation, St. Richard’s is in an incredibly healthy position to navigate this journey with grace. We aim to make the process a transparent one; to that end, the Vestry and Wardens welcome any and all questions you may have.

INTERIM RECTOR

Simultaneous with Pre-Search and possibly Active Search is the search for an Interim Rector.  Father Mike filled this call January – May and will support us on Sunday’s and emergencies through the summer while a search continues for a full time Interim Rector. Candidates for Interim Rector come directly from the Diocese of Texas and will be trained in transition ministry. If you would like to recommend an interim candidate, please contact the Rev. Blake Rider, Diocesan Transition Minister, at brider@epicenter.org.