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Parish Discernment Meetings

January 24 & 27, 9:30 am – 1 pm | January 28, 2:30 – 6pm

Join in the process of prayer reflection in the search for the next rector of Christ Church at our January Parish Discernment meetings, facilitated by members of the Discernment Team together with our Diocesan Consultant, The Rev’d Marissa Rohrbach. Share your thoughts about our identity as a parish and where we want to go as well as the qualities you want most in our next rector. Your input and participation are essential to a successful outcome. Register for the meeting of your choice by filling out the form below OR leaving a voicemail at 203.869.6600, x44.

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We are working diligently to encourage a smooth transition and demystify the process by communicating openly. Please review the FAQ’s below for your information.

Christ Church Greenwich has been assigned a Transition Consultant, The Rev’d Marissa Rohrbach, Rector of St. Andrews, in Meriden, CT. Marissa serves in many capacities throughout the Diocese and is currently the Chair of the Commission on Ministry for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

A new year has begun at Christ Church Greenwich. For the first time in nearly 25 years we are all part of an exciting opportunity to work towards finding our next Rector. There are eight Transition Team leaders who are shepherding this process. They were commissioned on Sunday, January 7 at the 9:15 service. Four Transition Teams have been created by the Vestry: the Discernment, Recruitment, Hospitality, and Prayer teams.

The Discernment Team will lead a series of parish conversations in January as they develop our Parish Profile, which will be used to attract applicants, and for the Recruitment Team to refer to during interviews. This team will then create a short list of top candidates. After prayerfully considering the Recruitment Team’s recommendations, the Vestry will make the call to their top choice. Throughout, the Prayer Team will be actively leading the parish through the process with prayer, and the Hospitality Team will be focusing on welcoming our candidates and new Rector.

Q&A's:

  • What are the first steps in the process?

    The initial steps of the Transition Process are designed to let the current Rector “leave well”, with proper celebration of his ministry.
  • What roles do the Wardens and Vestry play?

    The Wardens, in concert with the Vestry, play a critical role in leading the congregation throughout the transition and help guide the life of the congregation as the Canons proscribe. From the first phase, they will ensure that priests are available for Sunday services and pastoral care, monitor the temporal needs of the congregation, and assist the Bishops in calling an Interim Rector. At least one member of the Vestry serves on the Discernment and Recruitment teams, acting as liaison to the Vestry throughout. The Vestry receives the list of finalists from the Recruitment Team, interviews the candidates, and calls the next Rector.
  • When will the search begin?

    The Canon for Mission Leadership has met with the Wardens and Vestry to begin the search process. One of the first steps is identifying Interim Rector candidates to be presented to the Vestry for consideration. Once the Interim Rector has been selected and is in place, the search for our new Rector will begin.
  • How long until we call a new Rector?

    The timing of a transition process, beginning to end, is determined by many factors and is impossible to predict. That said, the process is designed to take 12-18 months in total.
  • What is the traditional age of Church retirement?

    Clergy are required to retire when they reach age 72, per the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church. Jim has chosen to retire at 65. He and Sharon will be returning to Indianapolis to be closer to family, and Jim will be involved in other non-pastoral opportunities.
  • When will we begin the search for the Interim Rector?

    Traditionally, parishes wait to start the search for an Interim Rector until after the current Rector retires. However, our Bishops, Jim, and the Vestry agreed that because of our size and complexity, it was advisable to minimize the gap between Jim’s September 1st retirement date and the Interim’s start date. Accordingly, we have started that process.
  • What is the purpose of the Interim according to the Diocese?

    The role of the Interim Rector is to help prepare the congregation for the permanent Rector. This includes, managing the sense of loss, addressing unresolved parish issues, help with healing any divisions within the congregation, nurturing the relationship with the Diocese, and assisting the parish with discovering its current identity and developing its vision for the future.
  • Does shortening the search process for the Interim shorten the search for the new Rector?

    No. The search for the Rector has deliberate steps that take time no matter when the Interim begins. That said, the search process is expected to take about a year to 18 months to complete.
  • Will a woman be considered?

    Of course! We are committed to discerning a diversity of highly qualified candidates as we seek to build our future ministry. Women’s ministry has long been vital to this congregation. We will encourage applicants across the spectrum.
  • When do we publish what we’re looking for?

    Once the Discernment Team has completed its work, they will publish the Parish Profile on our website, most likely in the second quarter of 2018.
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Curious to learn more? Here are FAQ's from the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

If you still have questions, or feedback, please contact Senior Warden Randy Schwimmer, Junior Warden, George Belshaw, or Director of Marketing & Communications, Maria Olson Goins.

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