managing the transition

I wrote recently about my rector’s upcoming departure. When a rector leaves an Episcopal church there is a strict, formal process. It’s is business as usual for the parish as a whole until after the rector’s final Sunday, though less so for the vestry, the church’s governing board. No activity around finding a new rector takes place until after the old rector leaves, and the outgoing rector has no more contact with the parish.

Good Shepherd Hemet logoWhen the old rector leaves an interim rector is called. He or she may show up immediately after the outgoing rector’s last Sunday or the interim might arrive a few weeks later with another available priest filling in in the meantime. The first task after the rector’s departure is to create a parish profile. That profile describes the parish and its personality in detail. It gives the search committee and candidates a template to measure whether a given candidate might be a good match for the parish. Only after the parish profile is complete does the search committee begin its work of finding a new rector.

And why am I telling you this? I’m telling you this because the Senior Warden (board president) asked me to serve on the profile committee. I was surprised, flattered, and honored. It will be a challenge, but I look forward to serving.

2 Comments on “managing the transition”

  1. Tahoe Mom says:

    You’ll do fine. I have served in several capacities when a pastor has left. Disciple routine is a lot like Episcopal. I have even been in the position to appoint the committee members and you would certainly have been on my list!

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