Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest
Search Committee News

See below for latest news and updates from the Search Committee: We ask especially that you keep Heavenly Rest in your prayers that our work and our life together may be to the greater glory of God.


Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP 818)


The Search Committee would like to give you the opportunity to recommend the name of any ordained Episcopal priest who you feel would be a good match for our congregation. Please email (insert email address here) or submit suggestion in writing.


July 2018: The Search Committee named the following to the Parish Profile Sub-committee: Jennifer Nichols, Nancy Roberts, Kim Snyder and Leah Bennett, church staff representative. Nancy Estes and Lee Hampton, co-chairs also serve on this committee. The Parish Profile defines our parish, including:


* Qualities sought in rector

* Parish financials

* Hopes and dreams of parish

* History of parish

* Programs and organizations

* Information about diocese and community


This group is working to ensure candidates considering the position of rector at Church of the Heavenly Rest will have a dynamic and comprehensive Parish Profile of who we are as a parish.


The Search Committee will compile and interpret data collected from the Church Assessment Tool. The Parish Profile will be made available on the church website and in booklet form. This document must be approved by the vestry and the Bishop.


June 2018: Robyn Strain, consultant with Holy Cow!, made a presentation of the findings from the report. Thanks to the 214 parishioners who responded to the survey. Our response rate as a percentage of average Sunday attendance was 75%.


The Church Assessment Tool identifies tasks that need to be accomplished before the arrival of our new rector. In addition, it uses key indicators such as satisfaction, energy, trends and activity to present an overall picture of our church. It identifies top priorities for ministries as we go forward. The Search Committee will review the results of the Assessment over the next several weeks.


May 10 – June 7: Parish Survey conducted, and results have been compiled.


May 2018: Heavenly Rest’s Search Committee received training in team building exercises and leadership types from Canon Ehmer.


May 2018: Search Committee meeting.


April 2018: Bishop Scott Mayer and Canon Mike Ehmer met with everyone involved in the Search Process:


* Vestry

* Members of the Search Committee

* Interim Rector

* Staff


April 2018: Vestry approves members of the Search Committee.


March 2018: Senior Warden appoints co-chairs of the Search Committee


NMF Leaders Mtg Thursday, Aug 16 @ 1:00 PM
Bagpipes Thursday, Aug 16 @ 7:00 PM
8 P-AW C-CM A-DT B-AW Sunday, Aug 19 - All Day
P-AW C-CM B-VDT Sunday, Aug 19 - All Day
Holy Eucharist Sunday, Aug 19 @ 8:00 AM

August 12, 2018
Sunday, August 12, 2018
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