Search Committee Members
Rachel Rhude, Susan Schmidt, Ambrose Jearld, Heidi Stahl, Randy Hensley, Fredrica Harris, & Elinor Horner, our Search Consultant (left to right) not pictured: Brian Bint, Paul Gentile
Rector Search: Final Discernment Effort
The Rector Search Committee thanks all of you for your enthusiastic participation in our discernment over the last few months. We have one more discernment effort before we finalize the Parish Profile. Click the link below to take a brief, anonymous survey, which asks questions to clarify the information we received from the cards and conversations:
For those who are not online
Print copies will be available at services between now and then. You can either send your completed print survey to Heidi Stahl, Committee Chair, at the address below:
Heidi Stahl, 61 Woodland Trail, Teaticket, MA 02536
If you prefer, you can return your print survey to any member of the Rector Search Committee. To maintain privacy of the data, please do not return print surveys to the church office or anyone other than a member of the committee.
Once again, thank you for your participation. Your feedback is vital to creating a thorough Profile that fully represents the St. Barnabas community.
Heidi Stahl on behalf of the Rector Search Committee
O God, you have called us by name to follow you. May we have the courage to follow these unknown paths, protected by your love. Let us make your name and love known. Guide us in taking care of cruel and kind, freeing prisoners from their bonds and healing the sick. Help us love the parts of ourselves we hide the way you love us. Calm our fears. Give us faith to reshape the world in your truth and love. Travel these unfamiliar paths with us. Lead us in your footsteps, carry us, should we fall, and give us confidence that you are in our uncertain future. We pray in you, your life ever in us. Amen.
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FROM THE SEARCH COMMITTEE -
August 19, 2017
We are excited to have completed most of our discernment work and to be making great progress on the Parish Profile. We have finished three discernment efforts – the cards, the coffee conversations, and conversations with summer members, staff, ministry leaders, the Senior Warden and the Dean.
- Next week (8/24/17), the parish will receive a short survey via a link in the Weekly Update (print copies will be available for those who are not online).
- The survey will be open for two weeks -- through Thursday, September 7.
- When we have analyzed the survey data, we will put finishing touches on the Profile then submit it to the Search consultant for review.
- After that, the Parish will have an opportunity to look at the Profile.
- The Vestry then receives the Profile to review and approve.
- After that, the Diocesan Transition Minister reviews and approves the Profile.
- Concurrently, as the Chair, I am also preparing other required paperwork.
- When that is complete and the Profile has been approved, all documents will be published on the Episcopal Church Headquarters web site.
- At that point, we will begin receiving names, a period that lasts 4-6 weeks, during which the committee is deciding who we want to interview, visit, and invite for a visit to St. Barnabas.
- At the outside, we hope to begin receiving names no later than the end of the year.
- High-level view of the process in early 2018:
- We will likely interview between 10-15 candidates, visit 4-6 candidates, and invite 3 finalists to visit St. Barnabas -- these three also meet with the Bishop and interview the Vestry.
We hold the parish in our prayers as we continue this work. Please keep us in your prayers as we seek our new rector.
June 22, 2017 - Timing of the Rector Search Process
Recently, we’ve been asked about the timing of the rector search process. We’re happy to share the anticipated timeline. Please note that this is simply a rough approximation.
- From now through summer: Discernment for creating parish profile. For example, “What Do You Love About Saint Barnabas?” cards, coffee conversations, upcoming online survey, conversations with staff and lay leaders – any work toward creating the parish profile.
- Autumn: Parish profile reviewed and approved by Vestry and then by Diocese. Once the profile is approved, it is shared with the national church, for publication on their web site.
- Winter 2018: Receive applications from potential candidates.
- Spring/Summer 2018: Visit and interview candidates. This process takes several months.
As we winnow the group of candidates, the search committee shares names with the Bishop so that the appropriate oversight is in place. Ultimately, the rector search committee shares one name with the Vestry, who vote on that person (we also have two "back-ups", just in case).
So what can we do in the next year while we wait for a new rector? Here are a few ideas:
- Pray for the search committee and for St. Barnabas. Let God into our hopes, fears, dreams for our spiritual growth and the growth of St. Barnabas.
- Pray for our future rector. She or he is also traveling through a time of transition.
- Consider what we might learn in this in-between time where our past is behind us and our future is still a year ahead. What gifts might God be waiting for us to accept?"
- Consider how God might be calling us to a new way of being in our community. What gifts can we share? What comfort can we offer? What strength can we lend?
- Share insights and questions with the rector search committee. Keep talking to us! We are here to serve the parish.
+ Heidi Stahl, on behalf of the Rector Search Committee
“What Do You Love About Saint Barnabas?”
Last week the Search Committee launched its first effort to learn
more about the character, values, and personality of our
congregation as a whole. Continuing this week and next,
cards asking are available for you to share your thoughts. Completed cards will be collected at the services or you can mail it in. If you didn't get one, we will have them available at the services for the next two weeks (until May 7).
February 13, 2017 - A Message from the Search Committee
In addition to regular announcements at Sunday services and reports to the Vestry, the Search Committee will use this space to provide occasional updates on where we are in the Search journey.
To formally begin the process of discernment and searching for our new Rector, the Vestry and Search Committee spent half a day in meditation and conversation on Saturday, Feb. 11, facilitated by Elinor Horner, our Search Consultant.
We reflected on times and places in and around St. Barnabas that we have felt God’s presence, and began to articulate the qualities we seek in a Rector who will honor and nurture those kinds of experiences.
We also discussed the various roles that the Vestry and Search Committee will play in the Search journey.
Everyone—not just the Search Committee or Vestry—will have a part to play in the Search. The search for candidates cannot begin until we have created a Parish Profile: a current picture of the strengths, challenges, gifts and wishes of the St. Barnabas community. This document will reflect who we are, who we have been, where we are going, where we hope to go.
In the months to come, the Search Committee will actively seek your input, your desires, concerns and hopes. The Parish Profile is a vital part of our marketing materials; candidates use the profile to assess whether to apply to a church. You will have ample opportunity to share with the Search Committee the kind of Rector you want. We are committed to giving ample time to this important phase of the work. The more thorough this discernment, the more successful the search is likely to be.
The Search Committee’s next step will be to start planning how to collect all the information that goes into the Parish Profile. We’ll likely employ a mix of methods: informal conversations, group activities after church, shared dinners. However we go about this, I anticipate that it will be a rich and rewarding experience, one that offers an opportunity for all of us to grow together into deeper community and connection with one another. We will keep you all informed as we decide upon our approaches for generating the Parish Profile information.
Please keep us in your prayers as we move forward together. And don’t hesitate to ask questions or share concerns with any of us.
Heidi Stahl on behalf of the Search Committee: Brian Bint, Paul Gentile, Fredrica Harris, Randy Hensley, Ambrose Jearld, Rachel Rhude, Susan Schmidt