Rector Search

If you have questions about our search process, please email Jim White. All questions will be addressed on Sunday mornings during the rector search process update.

UPDATE: March 9, 2017

Our last vestry meeting was devoted to planning Holy Innocents’ search for our new rector. We have a valuable resource in The Rev. Canon Eric Cooter, Canon for Ministry Development for our diocese. Rev. Cooter will work with the Vestry (and later, the search committee) offering guidance and resources for conducting a self-study, developing our Parish Profile, answering questions, preparing for interviewing, and helping the committee with the process of the search.

We plan to begin the self-study of the parish by the end of March and conclude it by the end of April. Various means of listening and gathering responses will be used, including the parish survey and a congregational meeting on April 22. It is important that all members of the congregation be given opportunities to express their views and concerns. The results of the survey will be published as soon as possible and be available to anyone in the parish community.

Other Vestry activities including working on the website and developing a compensation proposal will also proceed.  The first major goal is to assemble the results of all of these activities into a Parish Profile that can be used to describe Holy Innocents’ and our expectations so a candidate can be fully informed.  We expect to conclude this at a Vestry Retreat by the start of the summer. At the end of retreat, the Vestry will be prepared to give the search committee their mission. The committee will then have the responsibility for the process of reviewing applications and interviewing candidates for presentation to the vestry.

UPDATE: February 19, 2017

  • The Vestry met with Canon Eric Cooter on Tuesday night, February 14, to develop our process going forward in our search for a new priest. As of today, the vestry is on a path to complete development of our parish profile by early summer.
  • This is the first major step in the search process. We will be soliciting input from everyone in the parish for the profile.
  • Jim White is the vestry person in charge of the process.
    This is the first major step in the search process. We will be soliciting input from everyone in the parish for the profile.

UPDATE: February 1, 2017

  • The vestry will meet twice in the month of February.
    • February 7 – The commissions will be decided for 2017.
    • February 14 – Rev. Canon Cooter will be at this meeting and lay out the transition plan for the congregation
  • Goal is to have an interim priest by March, but there is no guarantee of this.
  • Supply clergy for the month of February have not changed. They are:
    • February 5 – Rev. Donald Goodheart
    • February 12 – Rev. Dee Ann DeMontmollin
    • February 19 – Rev. Donald Goodheart
    • February 26 – Rev. Dee Ann DeMontmollin
  • No Search Committee has been assigned; however, a list is being maintained of those who have voiced an interest in supporting the search process.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for our church family.
  • Pray for our church leaders as they make decisions regarding our church’s future.
  • Pray for our Vestry nominees.
  • Pray for a powerful new beginning for our church.

 

UPDATE: January 21, 2017

  • Bishop Smith and Rev. Canon Eric Cooter are pursuing candidates to fill in as interim rector at Holy Innocents’. They intend to have at least two candidates for our Vestry to review and select from in February after we select new Vestry officers at our Annual Meeting on January 29.
  • Supply clergy for the month of February have not changed. They are:
    • February 5 – Rev. Donald Goodheart
    • February 12 – Rev. Dee Ann DeMontmollin
    • February 19 – Rev. Donald Goodheart
    • February 26 – Rev. Dee Ann DeMontmollin
  • The vestry and staff are finalizing products for the Annual Meeting next Sunday. Rev. Canon Cooter will be presiding.
  • We have now our full slate of Vestry nominees to present at the Annual Meeting. Please be in prayer for our new nominees as they prepare to serve.
  • No Search Committee has been assigned; however, a list is being maintained of those who have voiced an interest in supporting the search process.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for our church family.
  • Pray for our church leaders as they make decisions regarding our church’s future.
  • Pray for our Vestry nominees.
  • Pray for a powerful new beginning for our church.

 

UPDATE: January 12, 2017

  • Bishop Dabney Smith and Rev. Canon Eric Cooter are actively pursuing candidates to fill in as interim rector at Holy Innocents’. They intend to have at least two candidates for our Vestry to review and select following our Annual Meeting on January 29.
  • Since an interim rector is not expected to be assigned until February, supply clergy have been lined up for February:
    • February 5 – Rev. Donald Goodheart
    • February 12 – Rev. Dee Ann DeMontmollin
    • February 19 – Rev. Donald Goodheart
    • February 26 – Rev. Dee Ann DeMontmollin
  • The vestry and staff continue to work on products for the Annual Meeting. Rev. Canon Cooter will preside over the service that day, and will lead the Annual Meeting following the service.
  • The Vestry continues to search for an additional nominee to fill a Vestry officer position vacancy. If you are being called to serve or know someone that would be a good fit for Vestry, please let the Sr. Warden or a Vestry member know.
  • Transition actions are not expected to occur until after new Vestry officers are in place following the Annual Meeting. No Search Committee has been assigned; however a list is being maintained of those that have voiced an interest to supporting the search process.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for our church family.
  • Pray for our church leaders as they make decisions regarding our church’s future.
  • Pray for a powerful new beginning for our church.

 

UPDATE: December 28, 2016

  • Our Deacons (Gary Cartwright, Denise Healy, and Art Hollows) will continue to support our congregational needs during the transition.
  • Supply Clergy for Sunday services in January:
    • January 1 – Rev. Steve Rudacille
    • January 8 – Rev. Donald Goodheart
    • January 15 – Rev. Read Heydt
    • January 22 – Rev. Dee Ann DeMontmollin
    • January 29 – Rev. Canon Eric Cooter (one worship service at 9:30 AM followed by Annual Meeting)
  • Canon Eric Cooter and Bishop Smith have started planning for an interim rector or priest-in-charge for Holy Innocents’. Rev. Canon Cooter will discuss next steps in this process with the Sr. Warden the first week of January.
  • The vestry and staff have started planning for the Annual Meeting on January 29. Rev Canon Cooter will preside over the service that day, and will lead the Annual Meeting following the service.
  • The vestry continues to search for an additional nominee to fill a vestry officer position vacancy in 2017. If you are being called to serve or know someone that would be a good fit for vestry, please let the Sr. Warden or a vestry member know.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for our church family.
  • Reflect on our transition during Advent, and realize this is an opportunity for a new beginning that our church leaders hope everyone embraces.