February 15, 2021
With the recent commissioning of the new vestry and the beginning of a new season, St. George’s leadership has begun the important work of looking to the future. While as a church we are in a season of change, this year promises to be an exciting time for St. George’s as we introduce new facilities to our church campus and prayerfully begin to settle back into a more normal rhythm of church life with the hopeful loosening of COVID-19 restrictions.
In addition to these important milestones, the vestry’s current priority is to begin the search for a permanent rector. Given the health and vitality of our parish, there is no doubt that there will be a large pool of qualified candidates. This will be a very intentional and thorough process, which allows ample time for discernment as well as important guidance from the bishop and vestry.
Our first important step will be selecting members for a search committee. This committee will execute the search process on behalf of the vestry and the parish for the eventual calling of the new rector. Members of the committee will need to be familiar with our church, show current or past evidence of participation in our programs and ministries, have an objective mindset, and be a member in good standing at St. George’s. The vestry welcomes your participation in nominating candidates for consideration to be a part of the search committee. Nominees should be submitted confidentially to the Senior or Junior Warden no later than Sunday, March 7 for eventual approval by the vestry, as is required by our diocese and bishop.
Lastly, and most importantly, the vestry asks for your prayers for the search committee and the candidates throughout the search process. Duty may be ours, but results will be with God. This implies that God’s work over the next several months belongs to each of us. While this may be a time of some mixed emotions within our parish, prayers from every parishioner will keep us steadfast to our mission and true to the gospel. Christ entrusts us to execute this next great chapter in the life of St. George’s Church. Each of us needs to be committed to this undertaking with God’s grace in mind.