Transition Q & A

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 2019 Transition Questions & Answers

  • When is Fr Paul’s last day here at St. Andrew’s?
    • Fr Paul’s last Sunday services as our rector took place on June 16
  • What will happen to our seminarian, Michelle Dayton?
    • Michelle was  transferred to St. James Episcopal Church in Zanesville, OH as per determination of her seminary.  Michelle’s last day at St. Andrew’s was Sunday, June 2
  • What is the role of the Vestry and Wardens in this transition?  
    • Keep prayer, both corporate and private, a top priority
    • Provide clear, frequent, and open communication with members of St. A’s parish and our Bishop and Diocese–to include listening to all concerns, stories, and ideas of members
    • Arrange for and/ or manage smooth transfers of responsibility for the worship, pastoral, administrative, and financial areas of our faith community’s life
    • Initiate formation of separate Profile and Search Committees, who will work with the diocese and specifically a diocesan transition consultant in the search for a new clergy leader for St. A’s
    • Formally call St. A’s next clergy leader based upon recommendations of a final candidate or candidates from the Search Committee
  • Who are the current members of St. A’s Vestry?
    • Listed on the inside back cover of the St. A’s directory and in each week’s bulletin
    • Also listed on Vestry bulletin board near restrooms
  • What is the Profile Committee, and who is on it?
    • Responsibilities: (1) conduct a congregational self study to describe who St A’s is as a faith community & where we believe God is leading us, and (2) develop a parish profile, which will include information from the self study and a description of our job opening and qualities sought in candidates
    • To be chaired by Albert Chappelear, still in formation
  • What is the Search Committee, and who is on it?  How can I be involved in the search process?
    • Responsible for the actual search for St. A’s next clergy leader
    • To be chaired by Debi Chakeres, still in formation
    • If you wish to be involved, please contact Debi with a description of your interest
  • What is the Pastoral Care Committee, and who is on it?  How may I contact this committee to request assistance for myself or another parishioner?
    • Responsible for all “pastoral care,” which includes any and all needs, concerns, and/ or questions for which one would normally consult one’s pastor
    • Committee in formation; additional information pending
    • Contact any member of Vestry or the Senior Warden for assistance
    • Rev. Jim Nolan has volunteered to spearhead Pastoral Care at St. Andrew’s until we receive a new rector.
  • During the transition time, who will be our spiritual leader?  What is an Interim Priest?  What is a Supply Priest?
    • Pursuant to Episcopal Church canons and bylaws regarding parish leadership during a time of transition, such as we will soon enter:
      • At the time of Fr Paul’s formal departure and until we have an Interim Priest, our Senior Warden will be our church leader and canonically responsible (with full support from the Vestry) for communication with the Diocese, worship, Vestry leadership, administration, and maintenance of the congregation’s property
      • During this time, our Sunday worship services will be officiated by “Supply Priests” (whose only responsibility will be for conducting those Sunday worship and Eucharistic services for which we have hired them)
      • During this same time, our Diocese will be working to assign to St. A’s an “Interim Priest” or “Priest-in-Charge,” who will fulfill the leadership role that Fr Paul currently fulfills–but only temporarily, in the interim until we welcome our new Rector
  • How may I be of service/ the most helpful to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church during this time of transition?
    • Love the Lord, Your God, with all your heart and all your strength and all your mind; and pray without ceasing!  
    • Love your neighbors as you love yourself by staying in communication with fellow parishioners, continuing to ask questions and raise any concerns, and by remaining vigilant for parish members who may require extra attention and/ or service, especially during this difficult time of change.  If you personally are unable to provide the help they need, please bring them and their concerns to a member of the Vestry or of the Pastoral Care Committee as seems appropriate.

 

 

And remember, Romans 8:28!!