Questions Regarding the Transition of Leadership at St. Andrew’s
1. Why is it taking so long, I thought we would have a settled rector by now?
Answer: St. Andrew’s could not move forward with the search for a new rector until a written accord was achieved with Father Wes in mid-July. Once that was accomplished, the Parish Profile was finalized and the rector search commenced at the beginning of September.
2. Why does Janet have to leave before our new Rector arrives?
Answer: Janet is a professional interim rector. In order for her to be ensured continued employment, she has to have some professional flexibility as she transitions from church to church. Janet commenced her search for a new church to serve last August and has been asked to serve as interim rector for St. James by-the-Sea in La Jolla. Because she cares deeply about St. Andrew’s, she has delayed the start of her next position by as much time as possible.
3. Why couldn’t Janet stay?
Answer: It is the nature of the interim rector, or transition specialist, to set the stage for a new era with a subsequent permanent priest. Issues relating to the transition of leadership are resolved during the interim period so that a new rector can be selected and will be able to start, geared for success.
4. When can we expect the new rector to begin, given the selection process and time for relocation?
Answer: The selection committee is currently conducting site visits to observe candidates in their current churches. The next step will be to invite selected candidates to St. Andrew’s for a Sunday service to give them the opportunity to observe our church. By early spring, we expect the selection committee to present their recommendation to the vestry. Once the new rector is approved, he or she will need time to relocate, and we anticipate by mid-spring, would be welcomed as our new rector.
5. Who will lead the Sunday Services once Rev. Janet leaves?
Answer: There will be a supply priest selected to serve St. Andrew’s Church for the bridge time between Rev. Janet’s departure at the end of February and the arrival of our new priest. He is the Reverend Wayne Sanders, who was the pastor at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in San Diego for many years.
6. Who will provide pastoral care?
Answer: Michael Reichle, our volunteer Pastoral Care Coordinator, will continue to provide excellent Pastoral Care and home communion to all those parishioners who request care. The Rev. Sanders will also provide pastoral care when needed.
7. Who will provide the day-to-day direction in the church office during this bridge period?
Answer: The very competent office staff, headed by Gillian Campbell, and Jim Stiven, our senior warden, will be a steady and supportive presence in our church office throughout the time of transition. 8. How will this transition affect the church financially?
Answer: During the transition from interim to permanent rector, there will be a reduction in budgeted compensation, so the overall financial affect should be positive.
9. Can we still be in touch with Rev. Janet since she is staying in the area?
Answer: Although Rev. Janet will no longer be providing pastoral care to our church community since she will be serving at another church, she will still function as a resource if needed to the church leadership during this time of transition.
10. How can I help St. Andrew’s during this time of transition?
Answer: If you are looking for an easy way to volunteer, our church office is always happy to have volunteers pitch in with some light office work – answering phones, easy typing tasks, or assist with Church mailings. In particular, Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 AM are good times to pitch in and help. Call the church office at 760-753-3017 if you are interested.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stop our intrepid search team from making site visits!
January 19, 2014
January 14, 2014 The Committee’s work slowed down a bit during the Christmas holiday as we took some time to be with our families and celebrate the birth of our Lord. However, we continued to keep in close contact with our candidates, set up additional interviews and met with the new Diocesan transition officer. We were open to a few surprises from the Spirit and are now busily finishing up interviews and preparing for site visits to candidates’ churches. Prayer and discernment are coming into the forefront right now as we leave every interview impressed with the talents that have been sent our way. Our committee remains energized and excited about the work we are doing and ask your continue prayers for our work and for all of our candidates.
December 5, 2013 The Search Committee did not meet on November 27, due to Thanksgiving commitments. However, we conducted our first Skype interview on December 4. Although we had some technical difficulties and ended up doing an audio-only interview, we all felt that it went well. We were unable to ask all the questions on our list, but the questions that we did ask were answered thoughtfully and in-depth.
Our next interview will be on December 7 and we hope that we can get the video portion working for this one!
Although we had talked about recording our interviews, we decided against this.
As of the closing date of December 1, we have received a total of 18 applicants. At our December 11 meeting, we will complete our review of all the candidates and decide on any additional interviewees. These interviews will be conducted as early as possible in the New Year.
We asked the candidate to close out the interview with prayer, which they did. Thank you for your continued prayers – we greatly appreciate them.
November 21, 2013 The Search Committee’s meeting on November 20 was quite fruitful. We finalized the list of questions we will be asking in our Skype interviews, narrowing it down to just six and discussed the schedule for interviews. We will be interviewing one candidate on December 4, one on December 7 and one on December 14. Although at this time, we are not planning to meet next week due to Thanksgiving, we do intend to get together prior to starting the interviews.
There was some discussion regarding the feasibility of recording the interviews for those committee members who might not be able to attend. If it’s determined that we can do this, we will inform the candidates and get their permission prior to the actual interview.
We have received five additional applications. Committee members will review them in anticipation of expanding our list of those with whom we will be moving forward. However, this will not take place until after the closing date of December 1.
We closed with prayer and we ask for your continued prayers.
November 14, 2013 The Search Committee’s meeting on November 13 began with a reading from Isiah and prayers for the candidates and for the committee as we walk this path of mutual discernment.
We will be setting Skype interviews up with at least four of our top candidates for the first two weeks in December. Each committee member will be writing one question for these interviews. Questions will be submitted to Betsy, who will compile them into a working list. A draft of a letter to those candidates with whom we wish to schedule Skype interviews was presented for review. Committee members should submit any changes to this letter to Erin.
We received two additional applications on November 10, so, committee members will review and rank these two candidates before our next meeting.
We closed with each individual’s heartfelt prayer and we ask that all of you please continue to keep us and our work in your prayers.
November 7, 2013 The Search Committee’s meeting on November 6 began with a study on the choosing of David by God and how he was not the most likely choice. We were reminded that we have to be concerned with the inner person, not just his/her outward appearance.
Committee members discussed both those candidates who submitted applications, as well as a number of clergypersons who were matches, based on the criteria set by our OTM. Several candidates received enough high rankings by committee members to indicate that we will be moving to the next phase with them. In addition, there were two matches that we wish to contact.
The letter to prospective candidates was sent out.
Please continue to keep the Search Committee and its work in your prayers.
October 31, 2013 The Search Committee’s meeting on October 30 began with a guided meditation led by Ange Dee as a way of opening us to the person to whom God is leading us.
Committee members have been charged with prayerfully reviewing the applications received thus far and assigning a ranking to each one. At our next meeting, we will share our rankings so that we may come to a consensus on those candidates with whom we would like to move further.
The letter to prospective candidates was finalized and approved and will be sent to all of them in the next week.
Please continue to keep the Search Committee and its work in your prayers.
October 10, 2013 The Search Committee had another fruitful meeting on October 9. Led by Steve Romano, one of our co-chairs, we participated in valuable team building and brainstorming activities. The resumes of those candidates who have responded to our Parish Profile are available to all committee members through our document sharing system and we have begun the initial review process. Our chaplain, Ange Dee, returned from a pilgrimage to holy sites in England and opened and closed our meeting with prayer. The Search Committee was prayed for all over England and in fact, this Sunday, we will be prayed for at Canterbury Cathedral. Please keep the Search Committee and those candidates who are submitting their names in your prayers.
October 3, 2013 The Search Committee met for the third time on October 2. After opening with a prayer, we reviewed the work ahead of us and discussed a rough timeline for this work. Afterward, we focused on identifying those qualities we most desire in our new priest. Building on the Parish Profile and OTM, committee members also shared what qualities were most important to them. In this thoughtful process, it was clear that the Holy Spirit is at work among us. We concluded the evening with a prayer for guidance and we would ask for the prayers of everyone in the parish as we continue on this journey of discernment.
Due to a technical issue, updates between October and June are missing—we are working to restore them.
June 3, 2013 We continue to work on finishing our housekeeping before the profile is released. Clearly, patience is a necessary attribute in this process!
April 30, 2013 After presenting the profile to the vestry, we are doing final edits and polishing our prose. A parish unveiling is coming. Be on the look out for the announcement.
March 5, 2013 The Profile Writing Team met last night and is excited about the progress they are making. The serious work of writing is now the main focus. Please be ready to answer any questions the team may bring to you in the next couple of weeks.
February 24, 2013 Thank you to all of our St. Andrew’s family who shared their thoughts and hopes with the Profile Team. We have completed gathering information and are now in the process of writing our parish profile. The next steps: your Vestry reviews and approves the parish profile; your Vestry appoints the members of the calling committee and we go “live” when our parish profile is posted on the Office of Transition Ministry website. We ask your prayers as we continue on our search for the next rector of St. Andrew’s.
February 5, 2013 Is there something you wanted to tell the Profile Committee, but they haven't asked the right question? On Sunday, February 10th members of the team will be available after both services for one-on-one interviews to record your thoughts and opinions about our search for a settled rector. If you aren't able to be there, they welcome your input by email.
January 30, 2013 Here's another request from the Profile Team:
Describe in 3-4 words what qualities you are hoping for in a new rector. Send your words email@example.com by February 10, and if you haven't answered the last set of questions, you can answer those, too! Read on for those:
January 24, 2013
New questions from your profile team! Please answer the following:
Don’t be humble – this is important information: What are the most valuable ways you contribute to our church – your personality, your perspectives, your skills, your activities?
What have been the most important spiritual experiences, lessons in belief, or steps of faith that have occurred for you at our church? Describe what and how they happened. What was most helpful?
We are hoping to hear from you! Your St. Andrew's Profile Team.... Ange, April, Betsy, Debbie, Erin, Gillian, Janet, Joe, Lee Ann, Nancy, Pat & Steve
January 7, 2013 Some of you may not have been able to attend either Town Hall meeting. Our responses to the discussion questions will be used to create our Parish Profile for our Rector search. There is still time to share your thoughts. The questions are:
1. Reflect on your entire time at St. Andrew's. Remember a time when you felt most alive, most motivated and excited about your involvement. Describe the circumstances and your involvement. Who was involved? How did you feel? What was happening?
2. What are the essential, central characteristics or ways of life that make our church unique? What is most important about our church?
3. Make three wishes for the future of our church.
Your St. Andrew’s Profile Team....Ange, April, Betsy, Debbie, Erin, Gillian, Janet, Joe, Lee Ann, Nancy, Pat and Steve
December 3, 2012
The Profile Writing Committee was commissioned on December 2nd, and is ready to get to work. On Wednesday, December 5 we begin our parish-wide inquiry into the deeply rooted identity of St. Andrew's. Our Advent series is centered on hearing the important stories and capturing the essence of what St. Andrew's is to our parish and our community. The story we write will form the basis of our parish profile, which will be the living portrait of the community as we look for our settled rector.
Our preliminary timeline is to present the profile to the Diocese and the vestry by the end of February 2013.
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego has an excellent overview of the search process on their website. Click here to read it.