February 21, 2018 - COMING SOON: "Holy Cow" Survey
This online survey will help us learn more about the needs of our congregation as we search for our new Priest-in-Charge. (Paper surveys will also be available.)
February 6, 2019 - Last fall, after Father Jessee announced his upcoming retirement, the Vestry agreed that we wanted the new Vestry members elected at the January 2019 Annual Meeting to be part of the process from the outset. The weekend following the Annual Meeting, we left for retreat at the Transfiguration Spirituality Center in Glendale, Ohio. The Rev. Canon Elise Johnstone served as our retreat leader.
Mother Elise discussed with us the various options available to search for a new priest. We reviewed our parish and financial records to help us determine the best path for us to follow in this search. Being located in Frankfort and being free from our mortgage are positives for priests looking for new opportunities. However, as with most main line denominations, we are declining in attendance, so we will need a priest who is ready for that challenge.
The priest search process has changed with the times since our last two searches. Online information, church databases, and social media provide timely access to potential candidates. Throughout our search, we will work closely with Bishop Mark and Mother Elise, who serves as Diocesan Transition Officer.
We left our retreat with a plan that we hope will have a new priest for us by late summer. With prayerful consideration and much discussion, we agreed on the following:
One question we have been asked is how we will find candidates. Several contacted the Bishop’s office after learning of Father Jessee’s planned retirement, and I have received an email inquiry. If you have suggestions, please share them with me, and I will forward the names to the Bishop’s office for vetting. I believe when we release the survey results, the job description, and the compensation package information, we will have more inquiries.
This brings you up-to-date with the process, and I will continue to share information with you as we take this journey together.