Search Process Now in Initial Stages
It has been several years now since Bishop John first announced his plans to retire in July 2019 as Rector of Christ Church Vero Beach. Much has happened in the intervening months and years, but his retirement timeline has not changed – it has been neither delayed, nor accelerated. That target date, which once seemed a tiny speck on the horizon, is now fifteen months away. Thanks be to God, Christ Church has in place a formal Rector Succession Plan, which provides a framework to help us manage the transition of leadership over the next couple years. Implementation of this plan, though in its early stages, is on track.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18
Search Committee to be Appointed
In accordance with Christ Church By-Laws, Senior Warden George Watson will soon appoint a five to seven-member Search Committee, which will be charged with the task of discerning whom God is calling to be our next rector. This committee will serve in an advisory capacity, making a recommendation to the Vestry, which by God's grace must ultimately approve the selection and issue the call. Ideally, the committee, though modest in number, will broadly represent our diverse congregation.
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We call upon the entire Christ Church family to commit to continual prayer. Throughout the search process, there may be other opportunities for parishioners to serve in various ways; however, we can all participate together in this kingdom work by covering the entire process in prayer, beginning immediately. Pray for Bishop John, for the Vestry, for the Search Committee, for the as yet unnamed Rector, for our staff, and for our congregation.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
By faith we are confident that our eternal and loving God has already chosen the next Rector of Christ Church Vero Beach. It is our privilege and challenge to walk alongside the Lord, neither too far ahead nor too far behind, and allow Him to lead us to that person. Let us, as the Body of Christ, continue in fellowship with Him and each other, humbly confessing our sins and receiving divine forgiveness, and thus empowered by the Spirit, boldly ask the Father for perfect revelation of His plan for us in this place at this time.