October 30, 2020
Search Committee Update
Greetings to the Holy Apostles Community from the recently commissioned Rector Search Committee! Periodically over the coming weeks and months, we will endeavor to keep you informed of our work on your behalf to find our next Rector.
The committee members were gathered by the Vestry from a wide cross-section of our parish who we hope reflect well our community as a whole. We are honored to be part of this important mission and promise to strive to represent the entire beloved congregation of Holy Apostles as we seek the best preacher, teacher, counselor and friend to be our next Rector.
We have met by Zoom several times and are already working hard on our first task which is to compose a Parish Survey to ascertain what qualities, characteristics, strengths and experience that our community believes are most important and desirable in our new rector. When this survey is launched in the coming weeks, we hope that every member of Holy Apostles will take the time to respond thoughtfully to the questions to ensure that the information gathered represents the full spectrum of our needs and interests.
Based on the results and insights from this survey, we will create a Ministry Profile that presents detailed information about the parish, from a demographic, financial, liturgical and ministerial perspective, which will help inform rector candidates about who we are, what we believe, how we worship and the health and vitality of our parish.
We hope you understand that most of the work must be kept confidential, but both this committee and the Vestry will keep you informed on where we are in the process. Thank you for entrusting us with this sacred mission and we ardently hope you will keep us continually in your prayers throughout process.
September 25, 2020
On behalf of the Vestry, I am happy to announce that we have a Rector Search Committee in place.
The committee members are as follows: Wilson Barton, Leslie Cullen, William Gates, John Paul Kavin, Judy Potter, Lorena Sappington, Christina See, Mike Siegel, Andrea Smith, Trish Spore and Zachary Tatum. The Chair for the group is Mike Siegel and the Co-Chair is Judy Potter. I know this dynamic group will work together to put forth a candidate for Rector that is a perfect fit for Holy Apostles.
Please keep the committee members in your thoughts and prayers in the coming months as they begin the Rector search. Their first task is to put together a parish survey which will then be used to develop a church profile to identify those qualities in a Rector that are important to the Holy Apostles family. We will keep you informed as the process unfolds.
Thanks to Father Clay and the Holy Apostles staff for working so diligently to ensure that all of the pastoral needs of Holy Apostles are being met.
August 25, 2020
Dear Holy Apostles Family,
We suspect, like us, you have mixed feelings about Father John’s recent announcement of his calling to St. John’s Church in Montgomery. While we are saddened by the loss of our spiritual leader for the past 12 years, we are very happy for him, Sarah and the girls as they embark on their new adventure. John has left an indelible mark on Holy Apostles for which we are all grateful. Nonetheless, goodbyes are always difficult. You should have already received a note outlining the ways we will say goodbye and how you can participate.
As your elected Vestry, we stand ready, and even a little excited perhaps, to lead the congregation on its search for a new Rector. We will seek someone who recognizes the many attributes that make Holy Apostles special…not the least being all of you and the energy, talent, commitment and faith that we all share in service to our Lord.
An initial Zoom meeting has been held with Reverend Sharon Alexander, the Canon to the Ordinary, and our diocesan guide through the search process. Several conversations will no doubt take place in the coming weeks and months.
Canon Alexander described to us the search process and the options we will have as we begin. First and foremost, a Search Committee will be formed. Initial assignments will include conducting a Parish Survey to make sure we collectively craft a description of the ideal characteristics of our next Rector. Simultaneously, a Parish Profile will be developed to tell candidates about Holy Apostles, our ministries, outreach and the congregation.
Canon Alexander described the recruitment alternatives of either an approximate 18-month national search or a somewhat modified search (guided by her and Bishop Phoebe), which might last 6-8 months. The Vestry will explore both options with the Search Committee and report back to you.
Meanwhile, an Interim Priest will be appointed by the diocese to assist in daily activities and support Father Clay and the church staff. This would not be a time of significant change, but an opportunity to insure that all our ministries remain active, engaged and supported. Per the diocese, Father Clay would not be eligible to serve as the Interim.
What is important at this early point is to meaningfully express our thanks to John, individually and collectively, for his service to Holy Apostles. We also want to take this time to express our support to Clay and the church staff as well as each other.
If you have a desire to play a role in the search process, please let me or the church staff know. If you can think of ways that we may more strongly work together to worship and connect during this interim time, please do the same.
While our future leader may be temporarily unknown, we are confident that the longstanding love and connection we have as a faith community will endure and even grow stronger through this process.
Be safe and know that we are here with you and for you.
Respectfully and on behalf of the Vestry,