The Parish Profile document is now available here and as printed copies in the Welcome Center.
The time window for candidates to inquire and/or apply for the position is between Jan. 2 and March 1, 2019. We ask you to continue praying the Holy Spirit will direct the candidate of His choice to apply and also will give members of the Rector Search Committee discernment and guidance as we follow His lead.
On Being Prayerful and Patient
by Eleanor Dixon, Rector Search Committee Chair
The Vestry and Rector Search Committee of Christ Church continue to follow the Rector Succession Plan established in 2016 that has provided us with a road map for a transition in leadership. We are blessed to be undergoing this process in the favorable scenario of having a healthy rector who continues to serve and lead our parish up through his planned retirement in 2019.
Our work began in June with discerning prayer and study, which has and will continue through this lengthy process. The task of compiling an accurate and comprehensive yet concise “parish profile" is nearly complete. Valuable input from the recent survey has helped guide this undertaking, and the finishing touches are being added so that we can clearly communicate to potential rector candidates who we are and what we’re looking for. We are purposely waiting until after the first of the year to recruit and consider candidate applications. This phase of the process will begin in January 2019, and we anticipate that the selection process will be underway soon after, with the goal of calling our new rector this summer. However, we also yield to God's timing.
We ask you, members of Christ Church, to please remember that rector selection takes at least one year in most churches. The Rector Search Committee is on task, and the process is on schedule, if not ahead. Please be patient and prayerful, as finding a rector is no regular hiring decision. Also, we encourage you to remain active and engaged in ministry, trusting in God's guidance and faithfulness to provide all that we need according to His sovereign will. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please feel free to contact me, Eleanor Dixon, by phone (772-713-9924), e-mail , or in person on Sunday mornings.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. - Galatians 6:9
Search Committee Reviewing Results from Christ Church Survey
The Rector Search Committee is on schedule with the preparatory work needed to get accurate and complete information to prospective candidates.
Last week, some of our members met with Canon Mark Eldridge from our diocesan office to discuss the data acquired from our recent survey, and we will be sharing that information with you later this month.
Also, we ask you to remain in prayer as we come to the end of this phase and begin posting position information and accepting applications in January 2019.
We continue to wait on the Lord's guidance each step of the way, knowing that He is in full control and confident that He loves us and will provide for all of our needs.
Canoeing the Mountains
Imagine what it must have been like for explorers Lewis and Clark trekking the wilderness with canoes, expecting to find a waterway linking the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean, only to summit a hill and find instead a seemingly endless stretch of mountains ahead of them! Equipped for water exploration and not mountain backpacking, they could have turned back. Instead, they “left behind their canoes and found new navigational tools,” forging ahead to complete one of the most amazing mapping adventures and voyages of discovery known to man. The search committee would like to share the wonderful book we’re reading as we begin the process of discovering the person God will call to be our next rector. In Canoeing the Mountains, author Tod Bolsinger offers insightful observations and tools for church leaders who wish to imagine new ways of leading their congregations into a rapidly changing world while holding firmly to the gospel message of Christ Jesus. We invite you to join us by getting and reading your own copy of the book and uniting with us in prayer for the discovery of who God will send as our next Rector.
Becky Locuson, Search Committee Member
Please Pray Daily for Our Future Rector
Gracious Father, as Christ Church searches for its fourth Rector, we find peace and hope in knowing that You are now preparing a man after your own heart to serve as our future pastor. Grant wisdom and patience to the members of our Vestry and Search Committee, guiding them through the discernment process by your Holy Spirit. As they trust in your goodness and grace, assist them in discovering that faithful shepherd You have anointed to lead Christ Church into its next season of mission and ministry. This we ask for your glory, in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior Jesus. Amen.
Search Committee Appointed
Thank you to those who responded to the call for Search Committee members. The Vestry has approved the following panel, which has begun the process of identifying and calling the 4th Rector of Christ Church Vero Beach: Mike Croteau, Eleanor Dixon (Chair), Barbara King, Carol Haight-Liebler, Becky Locuson, Fred Malik, George Watson. Please continue to pray daily for these individuals, that by God’s grace this committee may be empowered by the Holy Spirit for the task set before them.