The transition process involves both a period of self assessment by the Parish prior to posting a vacancy announcement, and a time of review and discernment once candidates submit their applications. Follow our progress through the regularly posted updates below.
Transition Update – July 26, 2019
Thank you to everyone who participated in the focus groups. If you didn’t make it to one of the five in-person sessions (or still have more to tell us), you can share your input with the Search Committee via our online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/rectorsearch) before the end of August.
Transition Update – July 17, 2019
Five focus groups have been held to gather input from parishioners. An online survey will be posted soon. Two weeks after posting, we will begin to compile parishioner responses. The Committee has hired a search coach and will meet with her in August. The Committee’s plan is to post the vacancy announcement for the rector position by mid to late September.
Welcoming our Interim Rector – June 9, 2019
The Christ Church Vestry is pleased to announce that The Rev. Dr. Richard (Rick) Miles has answered the call to serve as our Interim Rector. He and his wife, D’Aun plan to be in Washington on July 1 and will be living in the rectory during their time at Christ Church. For the past 8 years, Reverend Rick served as Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Reidsville, NC. Originally from California, he received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. We look forward to welcoming Reverend Rick officially on Sunday, July 7th!
Transition Update – May 31, 2019
Focus Group Dates: The Search Committee will hold focus group meetings in the parish hall on June 16 (10am only), June 23 (10am and 12:15pm), and July 14 (10am and 12:15pm). This is a chance for all to share with the Committee their opinions on the state of the church, the future of the church, and the skills and talents we seek in a new rector. The meetings will last 45 minutes. Please plan to attend at least one meeting. (A separate questionnaire will be posted to the church website in June.)
Transition Update – May 19, 2019
The Vestry is pleased to announce that a Search Committee of eight individuals has been appointed to lead the effort to identify the next Rector of Christ Church + Washington Parish. The Committee is lead by two Co-Chairs, Jean Denton and Paul Laymon, and includes Ruth Kroeger, Andrew Lyons, John Payne, Karen Wilson Roman, Kirsten Sloan and Cathy Hurst Weber. These Search Committee members have graciously offered to volunteer the time necessary over the next year to identify, interview, and recommend candidates to serve as our next rector. The Search Committee is broadly representative of the congregation, representing different worship times, family make-ups, membership years, skills, experience, and interests (choir, children ministries, liturgists, outreach etc.).
As the Search Committee moves forward in their work, they will actively involve the congregation and Vestry in discerning direction and the needs of the church as we seek to identify a new rector.
Transition Update – April 10, 2019
On April 7th, the Rev. Canon Paula Clark, the Canon to the Ordinary and Canon for Clergy Development, Multicultural Ministries and Justice, from the Diocese of Washington, lead a discussion about the rector transition and search process. You can find copies of the handout she shared, Standard Process for Transition of Parish Clergy, on the Welcome Table in the Parish Hall or here.