Almighty God, giver of every good gift:
Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Why pray and pray again?
We pray for guidance of “the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish” at the start of every service.
Then at the close a member of the search committee asks us to “keep the search team in your prayers for our work and discernment.” Why double dip?
We are searching not for a secular CEO but for a spiritual leader in a succession from Jesus Christ. We believe that God will choose a candidate who is the right pastor for this our own parish community. The committee members are channels through which the will of God is to be delivered.
We need all the praying we can get.
Therefore please keep the members of the search committee in your continuing prayers, for their work and for their discernment in faith. Pray also for all the candidates.
We Don’t Tell, Here’s Why
Your Rector Search Committee members understand the expectation of parishioners for our results. So you ask. But we cannot answer.
For the confidentiality of candidates and the integrity of the process within the congregation, we are pledged to say nothing of substance.
We are currently interviewing applicants; that’s as far as we will go.
In God’s good grace and time, we will report to the Vestry a first-choice and second-choice candidate. The Vestry will decide and announce,
we expect joyfully, our new Rector. In the meantime, committee members and the unnumbered, unnamed candidates can use all the prayers
we can get — for discernment in faith.