In Preparation for Transition…

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April 20, 2017

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From the Transition Team…

As we prepare for Jim’s retirement we want to share with you the transition process. During ordination to the priesthood, the Bishop instructs priests to nourish Christ’s people from the riches of his grace, and strengthen them to glorify God in this life and the life to come.  A priest’s intentionality around leaving a congregation is the last significant opportunity to nourish Christ’s people who have been in their care. 

When a priest’s departure is announced, the remaining work is to have an orderly and appropriate “good-bye” from the parish. Then, after the priest’s departure, the Wardens and Vestry, with the help of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, begin the work of calling a new Rector.  There is a very deliberate process to follow, and one that we intend to send out a series of communications about.

Upon announcing his intention to retire, Jim appointed a small Transition Team made up of past wardens to help Jim, the Wardens, Vestry and Congregation move towards a September 1, 2017 retirement date.  The Transition Team, Tim Carpenter, Nancy Maulsby, Carter Harris, Audrey Schaus and Susan Reed (staff), have begun meeting with Jim and the Wardens and will continue to communicate with you frequently to answer any questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions that you may have. This team will remain in place until Jim leaves Christ Church Greenwich.


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From the Vestry & Wardens…

We wish to thank Jim for his inspired leadership and steadfast dedication to Christ Church Greenwich over the last ten years. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy.  

Jim’s steady hand has guided us to stability and parishioner growth, culminating in a successful capital campaign that restored much of our campus.   Along the way, Jim championed many learning opportunities including our 10:10 Exploration Series, Faith on Fire, Conversations on Courage and Faith and the expansion of our bookstore.  His dedication to training young clergy is a model for Episcopal churches nationwide. His tireless advocacy of Neighbor to Neighbor’s new home on our campus was an exceptional example of “Living Our Faith.”

Finally, Jim’s patient attention has helped develop Christ Church Nursery School into one of the premier pre-K programs in Greenwich. We are very thankful to Jim for these contributions, and so many more. 

The next year will be a busy time for our congregation as we seek a new rector.  The Wardens and Vestry will be working diligently to encourage a smooth transition.  We have scheduled an information session for Sunday, May 21, at 10:10 am to discuss the transition and the search process.


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