Search Committee News
We give thanks for the past ten years of ministry by the Rev. Dr. Thomas P. Hansen, whose faith in God and in us supported our successful capital campaign, encouraged collaboration, and revealed opportunities for Trinity to bring God’s love to and share with our neighbors, as with our new labyrinth. We pray for every blessing for Father Tom and Nancy as their life transitions with Tom’s retirement at the end of 2016. In preparation for Father Tom’s retirement, we have started a search process for Trinity’s next rector.
As part of our search, we have created a narrative Transition Profile of Trinity. To create it, we listened to parishioners, reviewed our history as well as the present, and reflected and prayed over hopes for Trinity’s future. We pray it is a true reflection of who we are as a Christian community that enjoys a unique blend of tradition and progression.
Please join Trinity in praying:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift, you have entrusted Trinity to call a pastor to inspire us with your Word and Sacraments. Guide the hearts and minds of those who shall choose a rector for our parish. Grant us your peace, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind that we may receive a faithful shepherd who shall care for your people and equip us for our ministries, all to the glory of your name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Rector Search Committee:
John Beatty, Linda Buskirk, Angela Chasey, Doug Johnston, Tarryl Madison, Erika Mann, Lynn Neher, James Ricker, Nancy Stewart.
Trinity’s Annual Meeting
Remarks by Linda Buskirk, Search Committee Chair, Sunday, January 29, 2017:
I know I speak on behalf of each member of the Search Committee when I say THANK YOU for entrusting us with the awesome task of heading the search for a new rector.
In December, the Search Committee began the process of interviewing priests who have offered themselves for consideration as Trinity’s next rector. Applicants came to us through the office of Bishop Doug Sparks. Diocesan Missioner for Transitions, Rev. Terri Bays, explained this process at the Adult Forum in November. The Search Committee is grateful for the shepherding guidance that Mother Terri and Fr. Jim Warnock—the rector at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Marion—are providing.
Search Committee members take seriously our commitment to maintain confidentiality in our work. We have received some applicants. In fact, we are STILL receiving applicants. The position remains open until filled, and we anticipate that more priests will apply. We will continue to prayerfully review and interview, sometimes inviting the Vestry to participate. It is the Vestry who will ultimately extend a call.
We ask Vestry members to join us in keeping all details confidential. The priests who have applied are working in trust with their parishes. We take very seriously the responsibility of treating them all with respect, in confidence.
Mother Terri referred to this period as “the black hole” of the process. Therefore, we will share only minimal information with Vestry, and we will not share details with the wider congregation, except to say, “We are working on it.”
Thank you for your continued prayers for us, for candidates and for Trinity’s bright future.
Search Process Updates to Trinity
February 15, 2017
The Rector Search Committee is continuing its work to investigate and interview priests who have offered themselves for consideration as Trinity’s next rector. Applicants come to us through the office of Bishop Doug Sparks. Diocesan Missioner for Transitions, Rev. Terri Bays, explained this process at the Adult Forum in November.
Search Committee members take seriously our commitment to maintain confidentiality in our work. We know this “in between time” can raise anxiety, but, actually, Search Committee members are quite excited about what we have learned so far. We see the Holy Spirit guiding and teaching us. We go forward with the assurance that God is working to bring about a wonderful conclusion for our parish. Thank you for your continued prayers for this process and for Trinity’s bright future.
September 22, 2016
The posting of the open position is now on the website of the Episcopal Church’s Office of Transition Ministries (OTM). Please pray for all those who will read the post and consider whether to apply.
Our Diocesan Missioner for Transitions, Rev. Terri Bays, advises that we should allow the national posting to be in place for about six weeks to give priests time to prayerfully consider their gifts and Trinity’s opportunity. Meanwhile, Bishop Sparks and Mother Bays are reviewing priests they know to determine who might be encouraged to apply.
If YOU know a potential candidate, please ask that person if she or he wants to be considered, and then, if so, please contact Mother Bays at firstname.lastname@example.org, or advise the potential candidate to view our posting at the OTM site.
By early November, the Search Committee will be immersed in evaluating and interviewing. Then the holidays will arrive. Therefore, it seems likely that Bishop Sparks will appoint an interim priest to serve from the time Fr. Tom retires until our next rector is in place.
Your prayers for this process are greatly appreciated. Please keep them coming!
August 21, 2016
Trinity’s Rector Search Committee has completed a narrative Transition Profile of our parish. The Profile will be our guide in determining questions for candidates and how we evaluate their experience and gifts for ministry. A few copies of the Profile are available in the Common Room, and it will soon be posted on Trinity’s web site.
Thank you for your continued prayers for this process, for the Search Committee, and for Trinity’s future.
Search Committee Members: John Beatty, Linda Buskirk, Angela Chasey, Doug Johnston, Tarryl Madison, Erika Mann, Lynn Neher, James Ricker, Nancy Stewart.
August 8, 2016
Trinity’s Rector Search Committee is pleased to let you know that we have completed a narrative Transition Profile of our parish. This took longer than we anticipated, but that is because we wanted to make sure it is an accurate reflection of nearly every aspect of our parish life. Vestry has approved it and so has the Bishop’s office. It is now in the final stages of editing some minor changes and will soon be available for all to read.
The Profile is important because it describes Trinity for potential candidates. More importantly for the Search Committee, it is an “Identity Statement” for our congregation. For each aspect of our life together, the Search Committee considered what we value, what we’ve heard people talk about as things they’d like to see in the future, and ideas of how we’d like our next rector to support us. Therefore, the Profile will be our anchor in determining our questions for candidates and how we interpret candidates’ answers, their experience, and their gifts for ministry.
With this important foundation in place, the Search Committee can now complete a form called a “Community Portfolio Worksheet.” This form is for the national Episcopal Office of Transition Ministry. That website is where potential candidates will review the basics about Trinity and the position.
As we were working on Trinity’s Profile, Bishop Douglas Sparks was setting up his office. Rev. Terri Bays has replaced Canon SuzeAnne Silla. Rather than “Canon,” Bishop Sparks uses the term “Missioner,” so Rev. Bays is the “Missioner for Transitions.” Because this is a part-time position, the Bishop has also assigned another priest from the diocese to help guide us. That is Father Jim Warnock, who is the rector of Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Marion. Missioner Bays has asked that the Search Committee meet with her and Father Warnock soon so we can better understand their roles and the process going forward.
In the meantime, if you know a priest you would like to be considered in our search, here is what you need to do. First, ask the priest if he or she really wants to be considered. Once a name goes on the list of possible applicants, the Bishop’s Office begins some initial background work. There is no reason to spend valuable time assessing skills sets and other details if a priest is not serious about pursuing the position. So, if you want to suggest someone, please get their permission to do so.
The name of the priest you are suggesting should be sent directly to Missioner Terri Bays, at her diocesan email address. The Search Committee will publish her email address in a future bulletin and newsletter. Missioner Bays anticipates that we will start receiving names within the next couple of months. The Search Committee will continue to update you on our progress.
Please remember that the members of the Search Committee cannot share information about what names have been received, or anything else in regards to priests who are being considered. This is highly confidential to be fair to all who are submitting themselves to the process.
Thank you for your continued prayers for this process, for the Search Committee, and for Trinity’s future.
June 3, 2016
Our rector, Rev. Dr. Thomas P. Hansen, has announced his retirement at the end of this year. Trinity’s Vestry has appointed the following members to the Rector Search Committee: John Beatty, Linda Buskirk, Angela Chasey (Vestry), Doug Johnston (Vestry), Tarryl Madison, Erika Mann, Lynn Neher, James Ricker, Nancy Stewart. The committee is working with the Diocesan Bishop’s Office to conduct the search. Please pray for this process, for Fr. Tom and Nancy, for the Search Committee and for Trinity’s future as a community of faith and ministry in the name of Jesus Christ. The congregation will receive frequent updates on Sunday mornings and in Trinity’s e-news.
May 29, 2016
The Rector Search Committee has begun the first part of our task: composing a narrative profile of Trinity Episcopal Church. The profile will detail our identity as a congregation in terms of our history, current ministries, current statistics, and hopes for the future. The profile will be reviewed by the Bishop’s Office and the Vestry before it is used as part of the search process. Potential candidates will be given the profile as they consider whether they are called to apply to be our rector. The Committee was pleased to learn that our Bishop-elect, Douglas Sparks, wants to meet with us and with Vestry, and wants to be engaged in our search process. Finally, the Committee is finalizing a prayer for us to pray together each Sunday. May your daily prayers also hold us and this process up to God for his wisdom and peace.
May 8, 2016
The Trinity Rector Search Committee has been appointed by Trinity’s Vestry. Members are: John Beatty, Linda Buskirk (Chairperson), Angela Chasey, Doug Johnston, Tarryl Madison, Erika Mann, Lynn Neher, James Ricker, Nancy Stewart.