Rector Search

Rector Search

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: look graciously on St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and so guide our 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. Amen.

As St. Paul’s is moving through the search process to find our next rector, the vestry wants to ensure the parish stays informed every step of the way. Please check back here frequently for updates.

Updates

August 22, 2018- Search Committee Nominations Open Sunday, August 26th

Beginning Sunday, August 26th, nomination forms for the Rector Search Committee will be available in the narthex. This committee will be instrumental in reviewing, interviewing, and ultimately recommending a candidate to the Vestry to call as the next Rector at St. Paul’s.

The committee will consist of 9 individuals in total. 2 of these individuals will be appointed from within the Vestry. The remaining 7 will be nominated through this process and then selected by the Vestry in the middle of September.

You can nominate yourself or you can nominate another parishioner; if nominating someone else, please be sure to gain their permission first.

The nomination process will remain open until Sunday, September 16th. Nomination forms can be returned to the church office or given to any member of the Vestry ahead of the deadline.

Following are guidelines provided by the Diocese on who can and cannot serve on the search committee.

Personal Characteristics

  • Member in good standing who is faithful in regular attendance at worship
  • Has served in ministries at the church
  • Has financially pledged or given regularly to the mission of the church
  • Can collaborate with others in decision making and be part of consensus decision making
  • Has demonstrated mature commitment to the vision, mission, and values of the church
  • Is a person of prayer and faithful living
  • Has demonstrated the wisdom and capacity to hold in confidence sensitive information

 Is not:

  • The Interim Rector or other clergy
  • A member of the staff or related to any parish staff
  • Related to anyone on the vestry
  • The partner or spouse of any member of the clergy in the Diocese

 Work

  • Can commit to attendance at frequent meetings for a period of 6-12 months
  • Can travel on weekends during this period to prospective candidate’s churches
  • Willing to perform tasks as determined by the committee including some written work
  • Will commit to the work of this group and be accountable for assigned responsibilities

This committee is very important in the search process so please pray on this and consider offering your time and talents to the parish.

August 11, 2018- Holy Cow! Survey is LIVE

We need your voice!

Here is your invitation to participate in the congregational assessment for St. Paul’s!

This assessment is an important step to inform our search process and will provide us with:

  • A clear picture of who we are as a church
  • What directions are most important for our future
  • Key indicators of our congregational health
  • Areas of challenge and potential growth

All survey responses are strictly anonymous.  It should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.

We plan to leave this open until September 2.  Alternate options will be available for those who can’t complete the online survey.  Please call into the church office or notify a Vestry member in person if you are unable to complete the survey online or if you did not receive an email today.

NOTE:  If there is only one email address for all members of your household, it may be tempting to have one person take the survey on behalf of the family.  However, please be sure all members take the opportunity to complete the survey.  INDIVIDUAL INPUT is key to our gaining insight into overall perceptions and experiences.

Thank you for your willingness to be a part of this congregational assessment and for helping to build our future at St. Paul’s.

August 8, 2018- Church Profile Committee and Survey

Following our pre-search training with the Diocese last month, the Vestry has taken a number of key steps in our search for a new Rector.

Church Profile Committee – We are happy to announce the formation of the parish profile committee.  As a reminder, this committee will prepare a profile to be shared with the Diocese and potential candidates.  This is how we share what St. Paul’s is about, what we are looking for in our next Rector, and why St. Paul’s would be a great place to serve.  Please join us in thanking the following individuals for their commitment to this important work: Joyce Davis, Barry Smith, Oscar Walker, and Emma Zone.

Holy Cow Starts Sunday! – Be sure to look for an email coming out this weekend inviting you to participate in the “Holy Cow!” assessment for St. Paul’s.  The survey will be available to all church members who are at least 16 years old.  The survey will be open for three weeks and serve as important input to our parish profile.  Typical response rates are around 80%; we are confident St. Paul’s can beat that!

August 1, 2018- We need your voice!

As we recently communicated, St. Paul’s has agreed to move forward with HolyCow! Consulting to help us find our future Rector.  All active members who are 16 and older will be invited to participate in the Congregational Assessment.  This assessment will provide a clear picture of who we are as a church and what directions are most important for our future. The tool we’ll use is the Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT), which will provide key indicators of our congregational health along with areas of challenge and potential growth. It will help us to understand the range of views that exist at St. Paul’s and inform our search process.

We plan to run the assessment from August 12 – September 2.  Look for an email with a unique web link and instructions on August 12th.  Alternate options will be available for those who can’t complete the online survey.  Please call into the church office or notify a Vestry member in person if you are unable to complete the survey online.

NOTE:  If there is only one email address for all members of your household, it may be tempting to have one person take the survey on behalf of the family.  However, please be sure all members take the opportunity to complete the survey.  INDIVIDUAL INPUT is key to our gaining insight into overall perceptions and experiences.

The survey shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes.  All survey responses are strictly anonymous.

Thank you for your willingness to be a part of this congregational assessment and for helping to build our future at St. Paul’s.

July 25, 2018- Update from the Vestry

This week, the Vestry met with The Rev. Francene Young to go through the pre-search training course.  Francene works as the Diocesan Transition Manager to help lead congregations searching for a new Rector.  The session was very informative and interactive; there were plenty of thoughtful questions, and everyone left with a good understanding about the process and next steps.  Following are a few items you will see shortly:

Congregational Assessment – As we begin this journey, it’s important that we get a clear picture of who we are as a church and what directions are most important for our future.  We have some of this from the recent Glory into Glory exercise, but a more detailed assessment will be very helpful.  Hence, we will be conducting a congregational assessment with the help of HolyCow! Consulting.  This will be done via an online survey; offline options will be available to those who need it.  Look for more details in the coming weeks.  We will kick off the survey in mid-August and leave it open for 3-4 weeks.  The survey will be available to all church members who are at least 16 years old.

Church Profile Committee – St. Paul’s will prepare a church profile to be shared with the Diocese and potential candidates.  This is how we share what St. Paul’s is about, what we are looking for in our next Rector, and why St. Paul’s would be a great place to serve.  Information from Glory into Glory and the Congregational Assessment will feature in this profile.  The Vestry will be selecting a committee of 3-4 people to develop the Parish Profile.  Once complete, the Vestry will vote to approve it and it will be available for everyone to see.  We are planning to complete this by the end of September.

As always, if you have questions you can ask the Senior Warden, Andy Zone, or any member of the Vestry…and don’t forget to add this to your daily prayers:

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. Amen.

June 18, 2018- Vestry Announcement

The Vestry is happy to announce the appointment of The Reverend Kenneth Fields as the Interim Rector for St. Paul’s. Ken brings a wealth of experience and we are excited to have him join us at St. Paul’s. He will start immediately following Chris’ departure, which is a great start to our journey in searching for our new permanent Rector.

Ken retired as the vice rector of St. Martin’s in Houston in 2012 and, one week later, began his first interim assignment at St. Thomas in Meyerland. Since then, he has served four other parishes, from The Heights to Nassau Bay to College Station and, most recently, in Brenham.

Prior to coming to Texas, he served for over twenty years in the Diocese of Alabama, finishing there as the rector and chaplain for the Episcopal church on the campus of the University of Alabama.

He and his wife, Mary Alice, have been married for almost 49 years, and their daughter, Shannon, and two grandsons, Logan (12) and Jonah (10) live with them locally here in Katy.

June 3, 2018- Sr. Warden

St. Paul’s Sr. Warden, Andy Zone, shared during announcements three key points:

  • The next three-weeks are about saying goodbye and thank you to Fr. Chris and his family.
  • The diocese has set St. Paul’s as a priority so that the momentum built over the past six-years does not slowdown, but continues to build.
  • The diocese has a process that is organized and good. Yes, it will take time, but the key is to stay positive and committed.

Andy reminded the parish that there will be work to do and everyone will be invited into this process in someway. If anyone has questions during this process, then please see a member of the vestry.

 

 

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9:15 a.m. Christian Formation
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