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May 31, 2019

Application Process Closed.

April 29, 2019

Application Process, Parish Profile, and OTM Profile added to Resurrection's website.

April 13, 2019

The Parish Profile and Office of Transistion Ministry Portfolio are in the final editing stage and we expect final approval very soon from the Vestry and Diocese.  There are two people the committee members would like to thank for their help in our process: Tracy Barber, for spending an unexpected amount of time working on the Profile to make it "publishing ready", and to Kathy Trapani for all of her help and guidance throughout the process. We'll notify all of you when the Profile and Portfolio are approved and published on the COR website!

March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019  - Your Rector Search Committee continues to work through Lent preparing the Parish Profile and Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) Portfolio. We are incorporating thoughts and comments from the survey you participated in during November, as well as the multiple parish conversations we had with all of you in December, January and early February. It's challenging to clearly represent in writing what a special faith community we are, but we're doing our best! We are hoping to complete the documents and submit them to the Vestry and the Diocese in April, and having the information posted so that we can begin to receive applications from interested candidates by the end of April. Please talk to any of the Search Committee members if you have any questions about the process!

February 8, 2019

Your Rector Search Committee is in the process of writing our Parish Profile and Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) Portfolio. We are pleased to have gathered a great deal of input for these documents from our congregation through the survey we administered in October and November, our “Conversations with the Search Committee” in January and February and our timeline from the Annual Meeting. Our goal is to submit these documents for approval to our Vestry and the Diocese in early April. After approval, we will post our information on the national Episcopal Church website, where interested candidates will see it. Be watching our own website as well- we will post these documents there too.

Conversations with Your Rector Search Committee

Your Rector Search Committee is preparing a Parish Profile, which is a document that will be provided to all prospective candidates in order for them to understand who we are, what goals and gifts we have, and the vision we have for our future. The process of writing a Parish Profile is also a great opportunity for us to reflect on these things ourselves. The Parish Profile will contain some history and highlights of Church of the Resurrection as well as data from the recent CAT (Congregation Assessment Tool) survey taken by over 100 parish members.
Another important source of information for the Parish Profile is input from individual members like you! The committee wants to hear your ideas, goals and challenges for our church. Below is a list of meetings that have been scheduled so far, where we will be discussing these things. Rather than having one large meeting for everyone, we want each of these meeting to be smaller groups where each member is heard. Please make a point of attending at least one meeting, and continue to keep the parish in your prayers as we prepare for our next Rector.
  • This Sunday, December 30, immediately following the 8 am service
  • Thursday, January 3, 7 PM
  • Sunday, January 6, immediately following the 10:15 am service
  • Wednesday, January 9, 10 AM
  • Sunday, January 13, immediately following the 10:15 am service
More meetings will be will be planned for other dates in January and early February and announced shortly!

November 16, 2018


Many thanks to all who have completed a C.A.T. survey (Church Assessment Tool). If you have not yet done so, there is still some time to do that. But hurry! The survey closes at the end of the day Sunday, November 18th.


At the end of November, the Search Committee will have a session with the survey experts of Holy Cow Consultants in order to understand the survey results. That information helps the committee gain insight into our Community of Faith. Which, in turn, sets up the content for face-to-face meetings with all parishioners.


Look for many opportunities to participate in one (or more) of the many gatherings (soon to be scheduled) to give your input as we begin to put together our Parish Profile (a written document about Church of the Resurrection which is posted for interested candidates to view)

    Large groups (Community of Faith meetings)

    Small groups - many! (various ministries, various age groups, at various times, etc)

    One-on-one conversations

The Rector Search Committee

Myron Backhaus, Russ Bratburd, Laura Gianello, Carol Held, Sheila Hassell Hughes, Theresa Nagle, Davida Pugh, Lori Vella, Marshall Wells, Scott Wilson


October 15, 2018

The Rector Search Committee met on October 9th to continue our work to search for our next rector. A critical next step in the search process is gathering input on who we are as a Community of Faith, what we value and where we want to go.  Your input will be compiled and shared with potential candidates for our next Rector to help them understand our Church.
What we need from you:  We are arranging for everyone to share your views by completing a confidential online survey called the Church Assessment Tool ( or CAT).

How you complete the survey: You will have access to complete the survey from October 21st through November 18th, 2018.
What if you have questions:  Please contact anyone on the search committee if you have questions or need assistance completing the online survey.  We will provide additional information on the CAT immediately after both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Church services on Sunday, October 21st.


September 22, 2018

The Rector Search Committee met for two hours on Saturday morning, 09-22. The committee is currently working to determine the best methods and a timeline for gathering and synthesizing parish input. We expect to schedule a Community of Faith meeting in the coming weeks to share the process for moving forward. 

September 16, 2018

Sounds a lot like the Search & Rescue Teams that go out into the wilderness with their dogs to find people, right? Well, it is kind of like that (except for the dogs). 


But there are similarities:

  • We both go through training and education.
  • We both pack “kits” with tools needed for the search.
  • We both have support and help from others.
  • We both expect great results.

During monthly meetings, our Rector Search Team has gone through training and education. Now, we will meet twice a month as we gather information and the tools needed to help us in our search. All of this good work is done with the help and support from Kathy, our Interim, and Denise, the Diocesan Transition Minister.


It is important to remember that finding our next Rector is going to take time and we will work on it as long as it takes. The Rev. Bruce Smith was at Church of the Resurrection for 31 years and you just do not replace that quickly. 


Please hold the Rector Search Team and our entire Community of Faith in your prayers during this time of transition. We will be sure to reach out to you when your help is needed. And who knows? We may even need to borrow a dog or two!

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