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
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
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
November 5, 2013 Your St. Andrew's Search and Call Committee is excited to
have moved into the part of the process where we receive names. Our
profile is published on our website, our National Episcopal Church Transition
Ministry portfolio is posted, we have conducted a directed search of the
national church's data base, and the national church has sent out an e-blast to
all diocesan transition ministers with our position listed. Now we are
interested if any of our parishioners know of someone who we should consider.
Do you know of a vibrant priest who might be a good match for St.
Andrew's? Have you spoken to friends and/or family who may have suggested
a name to you? If so, we encourage you to share it with your Search and
Call Committee. Please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potential Candidate's Name: Phone Number: Email: Current Parish: Does this/ will this candidate know that you have submitted his/her name?
Thank you for your continued prayers for the committee, for the process and for all of our candidates. 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
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.
October 17, 2013 The Search Committee’s meeting on October 16 began with a
meditation on 1 Samuel 3 – 4:1 led by Ange Dee. Once again, committee members were led to an
understanding of our need to listen for the voice of God.
We were fortunate to have the Reverend Dr. Laura
Sheridan-Campbell with us again and she walked us through the Office for
Transition Ministry (OTM) website, which most of us had not seen before. Together we put together a brief description
of St. Andrew’s which will go out as an email blast to the OTM person in each
We also reviewed the draft of a letter to prospective
candidates, acknowledging receipt of their applications, as well as the draft
of a form for parishioners to fill out with the name of a clergyperson they
wish to recommend.
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
September 25, 2013 An overview of the search process, from the Rev. Janet Wheelock: As the Call Committee gathers names they go under the “Cone
of Silence” (remember Get Smart?) in terms of confidentiality. No “pillow talk” to spouses, no rumors or
hints about the candidates to anyone outside the Call Committee. It can be a frustrating time for the parish
who will wish they knew who was in the pool.
The confidentiality is to protect candidates and their parishes from the
added layer of stress knowing their priest may or may not be leaving. It is also to protect St. Andrew’s from
potential strife or divisions that could emerge from rooting or lobbying for a
favorite candidate. But please know, you
can and should encourage potential candidates whom you know throughout the
country to apply!
After they whittle down the pool through Skype and phone
interviews, candidates will be visited in their church setting. Two by two, call committee members will fly
to St. Swithan’s Somewhere, to interview Rev. Soandso and experience the
candidate in their worship setting. This
is a one-two day process. From those
candidates are chosen an even smaller number to be brought to St. Andrew’s,
again completely confidentially, to meet with the vestry, staff, call
committee, lead worship and preach (only for the Call Committee). Candidates will not be preaching at St.
Andrew’s during this time, so if there are guest preachers, they are simply
supplying for me during an absence.
2-3 candidates are chosen for the vestry to interview and select
the one to call as Rector. The senior
warden calls that person the night it is decided and the negotiations for
employment begin. The chosen candidates
will respond yea or nay within 24-48 hours.
If yea, the date for beginning of employment is determined. We still have to keep confidential until the
called rector informs his/her vestry and congregation of the decision and when
she or he is leaving. Then, St. Andrew’s
is able to learn the identity of the new rector.
September 8, 2013 The St. Andrew's Parish Profile is now published for your viewing pleasure. Kudos and thanks are due to the entire profile committee. The Call Committee will be named and commissioned next week, so the search for our next rector is shifting into high gear. 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 to 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
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.