Q: When does St. Gabriel’s expect to have a new rector?
A: The Vestry of St. Gabriel’s has commenced the process of Calling its New Rector. We have chosen the “Short Search”, but there is no guarantee how long the process will take.
Q: What is a “Short Search”?
A: A “Short Search” is one that saves the parish much time and costs by having the Diocesan Bishop provides a reasonable pool of candidates who have been vetted and appear to be a match for our parish. Our vestry then commences the process from an advanced stage.
Q: How involved is the parish in the “Short Search” process?
A: The process for the “Short Search” consists of the following:
(1) A Parish Summit (which was held February 10, 2019) to provide the congregation opportunity to share their stories and discuss the future of the Parish in relation to their values, goals, and expectations.
(2) A Parish Survey (which was conducted during the month of March) to obtain parishioners’ individual feedback about the life of the parish and their vision for the future.
(3) A Prayer Walk of the neighborhood (conducted February – March). A prayer walk is an activity that consists of walking and praying at the same time. It is done not for the physical benefit but for the spiritual exercise. It centers around taking our prayers to the very places where we desire to see God’s presence manifested and our prayers answered. Prayer Walking is a powerful dynamic of praying on-site with God’s sight, using sights, sounds,
even smells to engage both body and mind in the ministry of prayer.
(4) Preparing a Parish Profile that includes information gained from the above activities. A Writing/Profile Committee was convened for this task.
(5) Preparation to conduct interviews. A Search Committee was instituted for this task.
(6) Submission of names to the Vestry. The Search Committee will submit the names of three finalists to the Vestry who will then eliminate one and have the remaining two attend interviews with the Bishop.
(7) Election of the Rector: The Bishop, after interviewing the two finalists, will provide counsel to the Vestry. This body will then elect one of the two finalists and notify the Bishop. Upon receiving the Bishop’s approval, the vestry calls the rector.