Dear Members of St. Luke’s Parish,
As members of the Discernment Team coordinating the search for a new Rector for St. Luke’s, we are pleased to have the opportunity to update you on the discernment process.
As of February 1st, the search for our new Rector is officially open. Prospective candidates can learn about St. Luke’s, including the qualities we seek in our new Rector, by reading our Parish Profile. Please take a look at the Profile under the “Rector Search” tab at the top of the site. Please share the profile and spread the word about our search among your friends and family via phone calls, emails, and social media. Other congregations tell us that word-of-mouth is one of the most important means of generating a solid pool of prospective candidates.
On March 1st, acceptance of applications will conclude, and we expect to begin receiving candidates’ files from the Diocese about two weeks later. From mid-March through early April the Discernment Team will review candidates’ files, conduct phone/Skype interviews and create a list of finalists. By early April we will forward our list of finalists to the Diocese for a more in-depth screening.
After screening is complete (we estimate by mid-April), we will invite finalists to Granville for on-site interviews. The Diocesan search process is a confidential one. As such, during on-site interviews finalists will meet with members of the Vestry and the Discernment Team, as well as representatives of the Diocese. We anticipate submitting the name of our nominee to the Diocese in early to mid-May. If all goes according to plan, we anticipate the public announcement of our new Rector by late May.
We will continue to update our congregation on the progress of our search in the St. Luke’s monthly newsletter, in announcements one Sunday a month at all three services, and in updates on the back of the Prayers for Discernment bulletin insert each week.
We appreciate your continued prayers for the work of the Discernment Team and for St. Luke’s as we move toward the successful call of our new Rector.
If you have questions or comments, please contact any member of the discernment team.