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Our work is done

On Sunday, November 9 the Rector Search Team agreed unanimously and enthusiastically that the Rev. Charles Sumner Weiss should be called as the next rector of Christ Church. When we realized that we were unanimous in our discernment, the Parish Hall was filled with happy yells, hoots and claps. On November 10, we presented our recommendation to the vestry in detail. For our decision we had returned to the Parish Profile and the summation of what qualities Christ Church parishioners believed to be most important: Dynamic preacher and skillful communicator Spiritual leadership Personally engaging and friendly Works well and enthusiastically ...

Search team in discernment

Just a short post to let the Christ Church faith family know that the Rector Search Team has completed all interviews and all parish visits and is now in prayerful discernment. To date we have not discussed or compared the individual candidates among ourselves, or with the vestry or anyone else. We hope to provide our recommendation to the vestry very soon. Please pray for the committee, the vestry and the candidates.

Search Team is still smiling

The Christ Church Rector Search Team has worked out the logistics of candidate interviews and visits to candidates' parishes. The interviews will occur this month. As mentioned before, this is a blackout period while we meet and interview the candidates and discern God's will for Christ Episcopal Church. We just wanted to publish this photograph to show you we are still together and still smiling after eight months.

An end and a beginning

This will be the Rector Search Team's last post for awhile, as we dive into the logistics and discernment of the interview process. On Thursday, September 11, we were given the names of the candidates we will consider as the next Rector of Christ Church.  This is the culmination of many months of preparation and seeking parishioners' thoughts and concerns through the parish survey and church hall meetings.  Then we reached out with a wide net via our interactive parish profile and posts to Twitter.  The diocese and national church also did their significant part to gather candidates for us. The previous week, we conducted a mock interview ...

Discerning our next Rector

The Rector Search Team is preparing for a mock interview with a volunteer clergy person this Thursday (September 4) at its weekly meeting.  The team worked on a set of interview questions and will treat this session as if it were an actual interview with a rector candidate. We also hope to receive feedback from the "pretend" candidate. We are now just a couple of weeks away from receiving names of candidates from the Diocesan Standing Committee.  The same day we receive the names, we will call the candidates and start to schedule interviews.  Once that process starts, it will not be possible to share information with the parish.  We are ...

Viewers far and wide

We may not know exactly who is viewing our Rector Search page on the website, but we know we are getting a lot of hits from beyond Delaware. A Google Analytics snapshot of the period from May 1 through August 7 shows that there have been 1,207 sessions on our website, including 804 new users. They look at an average of 2.93 pages per session and stay on our website an average of about 3 minutes. Visitors to the Rector Search page stay there an average of 3:37 - plenty of time to take a look around and download the Parish Profile. Looking at behavior, the majority go from the home page to the Rector Search page or directly to the Rector ...

First review of candidates

On July 1, the co-chairs of the Rector Search Team and long-time member Jean Smith met with representatives of the Diocese to review potential candidates generated by a computerized search at the national level.  While names and locations are extremely confidential - even to other members of the Search Team at this time - interest in Christ Church Dover appears to be very healthy and widespread. A subset of the names generated will be screened and their interest in serving as our Rector will be gauged by the Diocese.  The Rev. Canon Gary Rowe is the Transition Ministry Officer. Carol Kunz is our representative on the Standing Committee. Even...

We publish the profile

The interactive Christ Church parish profile is now available on our website, on the Rector Search page.  The profile was extensively reviewed and approved by the Rector Search Team, then approved by the Diocese's Standing Committee. The profile contains many interactive features and was designed to be viewed on a computer screen or tablet.  As such, it is a relatively small file considering all the large photos and included links and videos.  A larger (10 MB), higher resolution version is available on the Rector Search page for download. Parish profile and budget information also can be viewed and downloaded from this page. On the page, we ...

On to the Standing Committee

The Christ Church Rector Search team has completed the Parish Profile, the interactive, informative and colorful 15-page document that will tell prospective rectors about the life and work of our parish. The vestry has approved it, and the next step is for the Standing Committee of the Diocese to sign off. The co-chairs of the Search Team will meet with the Standing Committee on Tuesday, May 20 - the day after the Search Team and Vestry meet with Bishop Wayne Wright. Embedded in the parish profile will be a 5-minute welcoming video. In it, co-chairs Tina Schaeffer and Richard Waters introduce viewers to a virtual tour of the parish and our Five ...

Finishing touches

The Rector Search Team is putting finishing touches on the Parish Profile, a vital step and element in our rector search. The profile has been presented to the vestry, which is reviewing it this week. It is interactive - not a printed document - and features links and videos, including a video welcoming prospective rector candidates. Bishop Wright is meeting with the vestry and Search Team on Monday, May 19 to discuss our search with us and answer any questions. The next day, May 20, is the meeting of the Diocesan Standing Committee. We will present them with the profile for their approval. We will keep you apprised of next steps as we move ...