Questions about the transition
Has the model described in the presentation today been followed by other parishes in the diocese? Have the other parishes been successful with this process?
The process described, rector retires, an interim is placed, the parish profile is developed, then a decision is made on how to call a rector has been used for several years in this dioceses. I have been told by Canon Joanna Satorius- from the Office for Clergy formation and Transitional Ministries that this process has been successful in the majority of parishes following this model
As with other large corporations or large businesses, is there a “Head Hunting” process, in regards to selecting a new rector?
The “Head Hunter” per se is Joanna Satorius and the Diocese. When I spoke with Joanna regarding Gary’s retirement date, she posted that this position would be available on the LA Diocese site. (This site is only accessible by clergy). From here, the position could go as far as the National Church’ssite of available positions. Joanna is in close contact with other priests in her similar position throughoutthe nation.
Are there any eligible priests on staff that can be promoted to rector?
No. Canon law does not permit a congregation to do this.
Can we “choose” our interim priest?
Not really. The Vestry can have some say in skill set of the individual we feel we need, but the Diocese (Bishop Taylor and Joanna Satorius have the ultimate say in selection)
What is the difference between an interim priest and priest-in-charge?
An interim priest duties are mainly preaching and some pastoral duties. The duty of running the church falls to the Senior Warden and the Vestry. A priest-in-charge takes on all duties of a priest, but does not have any tenure. This person can not be called to be the new rector.
What are the choices the vestry can make after the parish profile has been completed?
When the parish profile has been completed by the Profile Committee, it is then submitted to the Vestry for approval. It is then submitted to the Diocese for approval as well.
There are 2 possible paths to take from this point. One would be the search process. Names of potential rector candidates would be given to the search committee. The search committee does it’s work and submits 3 names to the Vestry for final consideration.
The other option is to ask the Bishop to appoint a Priest In Charge/Under Special Circumstances. This person would be in place, as rector, with all duties of a rector, for approximately 12 months. At 6 months a Mutual Ministry review is conducted. Then after 12 months the Vestry can decide to call the PIC/USC as the new rector. If it is not a good match. The process starts again.
How long will this process take?
The Vestry has been advised that the process of calling a new rector can take 2 years or more. The Vestry is not putting an end date. The vestry has been advised to take the time needed to develop the Parish Profile so it accurately represents the hopes, dreams, and needs of our church.
What is the difference between a priest-in-charge and a priest-in-charge/under special circumstances (PIC-USC)?
A priest-in-charge is a priest placed within a congregation on a temporary basis that assumes all duties of rector, but cannot be called to be rector.
A priest-in-charge/Under Special Circumstances in an individual placed in a congregation with all duties as the rector, that can be called as rector after a mutually agreed upon time by the PIC/USC and the Vestry.
Can we choose our priest-in-charge/ under special circumstances?
No. The Vestry has no say in who the individual is. This person is selected by the Bishop, considering the Parish Profile and the Profile of the candidate.