Christ Episcopal Church Rector Search Updates

Meet Your CEC Search Committee:  

Lindsay Gorman, Jan Blaich, Chris Klug, Peter Greeney, Katie McLellan

Updates from the Search Committee

Current Update

July 5, 2020 – Lindsay Gorman

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Below is the link to the Rector Search survey, or Church Assessment Tool (CAT), that was announced last week.  Your participation will help your search committee gauge the strength, vitality, hopes and visions of Christ Episcopal Church.

With the strong recommendation of our consultant, Luke Jernagan, the committee contracted with HolyCow! Consulting to compile this survey, analyze the data, and assist in assessing our goals.  Your prayerful and thoughtful responses will be valuable to the Search Committee and to the Vestry as decisions are made about the next chapter of our parish.

All answers are strictly anonymous.  We have no way of matching any assessment to a particular person, so please candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences.  Our future together is dependent on your participation, and your honest answers.

Our goal is to have as many of our members complete the survey as possible.  All individual household members over the age of 18 are encouraged to participate.

There are several ways to access the survey.  You can use any mobile device, smart tablet or computer to complete the survey.  Please allow about 20 minutes to complete it.  You can access the survey by clicking on this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CEASPENCO.  It can also be accessed on our church website at http://christchurchaspen.org/search-updates/. If you need a paper copy, please contact Katrina at the church, (970) 925-3278.  Surveys need to be completed prior to July 26 so we can begin our analysis and prepare our Parish Profile.

If you have questions, you may contact Lindsay Gorman, co-chair Search Committee, by email at lindsaycgorman@gmail.com or by cell at (847) 772-4232.

Thank you for your patience while the Search Committee has been organizing and educating ourselves about the search process.  As we begin Phase 1 with the survey, parishioner input is paramount to creating a Parish Profile that best reflects who we are as a parish and where our congregation hopes to be in our future.

Gratefully,

The Search Committee

 

Past Updates

June 28, 2020 – Lindsay Gorman

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! 

Earlier this year, the Vestry elected a Search Committee, whose task is to begin the process of finding a new Rector.  The committee has been busy, albeit behind the scenes. And we will soon start actively engaging our congregation to help guide us in this important quest.

At the suggestion of our search consultant, Luke Jernagan, the Search Committee recently contracted with HolyCow! Consulting to help us begin our parish discernment.  An early step in the search process is to conduct a survey of our congregation.  This assessment will provide a clear picture of who we are as a church and what directions are most important for our future. The tool we’ll use is their Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT), which will provide key indicators of our parish’s health as well as areas of challenge and potential growth. It will help us to understand and include the range of views that exist at Christ Episcopal Church and the possibilities, willingness, capacity and energy for moving our ministry into the future. 

If you have provided us with a current email address, on July 5 you will receive a web link to complete the assessment online.  If you would prefer to take the assessment using a paper copy, call the office and we will provide one for you along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Those for whom we do not have an email address will receive a paper copy in the mail.

NOTE:  If there is only one email address for all members of your household, it may be tempting to have one person take the survey on behalf of the family.  However, please be sure your spouse and all young adults living in your home have an opportunity to complete the survey.  INDIVIDUAL INPUT is key to our gaining insight into overall perceptions and experiences. 

Please set aside enough time to answer all the questions.  It will take about 20 minutes. All survey responses are strictly anonymous. 

Thank you for your willingness to be a part of this congregational assessment and for helping to build Christ Episcopal Church’s future. 

If you have questions, please contact Lindsay Gorman at lindsaycgorman@gmail.com 

May 23, 2020 – Jan Blaich

The Search Committee has resumed its work to find a permanent  priest for CEC after a pause required  by the Bishop  until we located an interim priest  That was accomplished when Peter Munson arrived to be that person in early May.  One of his main responsibilities is to guide us in our search for a priest.  Peter has given this task a quickstart  by gathering the Search  Committee together  last week.
Before we can begin to cast the net for  priest prospects, considerable  important work must be done to  determine what qualities our congregation  considers essential  in a priest  to nurture our spiritual growth, and  provide  leadership to renew and grow our church.  The Search Committee  wants to involve the parishioners as fully as possible in this discussion. We are developing  a survey that will be distributed  to all church members as well as those who  have been recent participants in our church activities.. We intend to find ways to have  personal followup conversations with as many  parishioners as possible. and will be communicating more about this  process as soon as our committee completes plans for accomplishing this  task.
In the meantime, please give thought to your hopes and desires for recreating our church  to become the vibrant  spiritual and fellowship home you want it  to be.

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