St. Andrew's Rector Search
St. Andrew’s has been blessed to have only needed to call three rectors in the last 60+ years of its 184-year history. Now it is time to begin the process of calling our next Rector, both for today and for an ever-evolving future.
We, the Discernment Committee of St. Andrew’s, hope that these pages will serve as an information portal to our search. Our desire is for you to be kept up-to-date on our process, and progress, in a way that is both informative and transparent.
Please join us on this journey and keep the committee and our search in your prayers.
Your Discernment Committee members are:
Shawn Brooks, Ex-Officio
Invitation to Listening Sessions
The Discernment Committee will be hosting listening sessions with questions geared to exploring ideas such as: our congregation's current gifts and graces; our current strengths and challenges; and the church we would like to become.
Everyone in the congregation is invited to participate in one of these sessions in Brooks Hall:
Sunday, September 17, at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20, at 5 p.m.
Thursday, September 21, at 7 p.m.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Becky Marinov, who has kindly volunteered to handle the scheduling, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the sessions, please contact Jodie Moore at email@example.com.
1 / Getting Started
Select Discernment and Parish Profile Committees — complete
Meet with Bishop — complete
Distribute Parish survey — complete
2 / Self-Study
Church members complete survey — complete
Survey results analyzed and compiled — complete
Schedule and hold listening groups Sept. 10-21 — In process
Develop and publish Parish Profile — In process
3 / Preparing
Discernment Committee completes the Community Ministry Portfolio — Early Fall
Profile and Community Ministry Portfolio are sent to Vestry and Bishop’s Office for their blessing — Fall
Rector position is posted — Fall
The Bishop’s Office also spreads word of the opening throughout the diocese and The Episcopal Church — Ongoing
4 / Discernment
Receive applications—Fall/Early Winter
Identify prospective rector candidates—Early Winter
Pray a lot and volunteer to help where possible!—Always!
Interview select prospective candidates--Winter
5 / Call: With God’s Grace—Late Spring/Summer 2024
With approval from the Bishop, recommend 1-2 candidates to Vestry for selection
Senior Warden calls the chosen candidate to be our next rector
Together We Thrive
We start each meeting with the following prayer:
Almighty God, look graciously on the people of St. Andrew’s. Be with us and lead us as we seek the next rector for our church community. We ask your direction and guidance for those who will choose our new spiritual leader, that we may receive a faithful and visionary pastor who will care for us, equip us for our ministries, and call us into the future. Bless us with mutual trust, respect, and foresight, so that, together, we may hear your voice in all our deliberations. Bless us also with the desire and the ability to hear those who have entrusted us with this responsibility. Grant us the courage to respond and to act as you would have us.
Come Holy Spirit. Amen