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Update from the Search Committee
April 1, 2020

Dear St. John the Divine Family,

Despite a Covid-19 pandemic, economic turmoil, and quarantine orders, your rector search committee is hard at work. Indeed, our efforts are accelerating. In this period of travel and personal meeting restrictions, we have held more video conferences and continue to advance our discussions with candidates. Our enthusiasm for candidates under review continues to grow.

I know that the question on everyone’s mind is “when will we call a rector?” I wish that I could give you a direct answer. The fact is that we must be allowed to travel (both to visit candidates and have candidates visit SJD) as a final stage of the search process.

Also, our candidates have parishes to care for and need to focus their efforts on their current congregation. I expect that every candidate is in a church with at least one person suffering from the coronavirus, and many in their parishes are feeling the economic impact of not being able to work due to quarantine restrictions. Pastoral care is at peak need and the search committee appreciates that candidates must tend to their flocks in this extraordinary time.

Have no doubt, all of this is in God’s ​hands and the search will conclude in due course. So, please continue to pray for the search process and all of those impacted by the search (especially the candidates and their home parishes). On behalf of the search committee, we thank you for your patience and prayers.

Peace,
Eric Wade, Chair
Sixth Rector Search Committee


Update from the Search Committee
December 18, 2019

Dear St. John the Divine,

The Sixth Rector Search Committee continues the Spirit-led search for our next rector. Since our last update to the parish, we have moved into a more active search mode. We are now actively interviewing and visiting candidates. We also continue to work closely with the Diocese to find the best possible prospects for the office. No one can predict when our search process will conclude, but we are making progress with great expectations as we interface with candidates.

Prayer remains the cornerstone of the search committee’s work. Of equal importance is the committee’s obligation to keep our discussions and the identity of candidates confidential. As we welcome a new rector, another church will enter into a search process. Thus, continue to pray for the search committee, the candidates, and their home parishes.

Peace,

Eric Wade, Chair
Sixth Rector Search Committee


Update from the Search Committee

September 13, 2019

Dear St. John the Divine,

The Sixth Rector Search Committee has had a busy summer. Over the summer we met almost weekly and reviewed scores of potential candidates sourced from lists provided to us by the Diocese, as well as several potential candidates recommended to us by members of the congregation and friends of St. John the Divine. We invested a lot of time reviewing sermons, published works, and online material. We presented our summer work product to the Diocese, and the Diocese is in the process of reviewing our refined list of potential candidates. This is not to say that we have completed our search for potential candidates. We continue to search the clergy ranks for the best possible rector for St. John the Divine and we welcome your recommendations.

We must maintain the confidentiality of all candidates provided to the search committee. We will update the congregation with news that we can share as it becomes available, but we are entering into a phase of the search that will not allow for many updates other than we continue to meet on a regular basis. Please know that we are moving closer to a successful result.

Prayer is the cornerstone of the search committee’s work and we encourage you to join us for prayer in the Chapel every Monday at 8 am and 6 pm following the morning and evening prayer services. Everyone is invited to join us as often as possible as we pray for our church, the candidates, and the clarity to discern who is the sixth rector of St. John the Divine.

Peace,

Eric Wade, Chair
Sixth Rector Search Committee


Update from the Search Committee
June 13, 2019

Dear St. John the Divine -

The Sixth Rector Search Committee is fully engaged in the search process. We completed required search committee training with the Transition Minister of the Diocese of Texas and reviewed the search process in general, best practices, communication management, and guidelines for working with the Diocese.

Moving forward, the Bishop’s office will submit potential candidates to the search committee for review. Parishioners are encouraged to nominate candidates via the form below, or by dropping a paper nomination form in the box that will be placed at the reception desk. Information about our opening will be available through the Episcopal Church channels, and candidates will also be able to self-nominate. All nominations must be vetted by the Diocese before being submitted to the search committee for further consideration.

To protect the candidates, confidentiality is of paramount importance in this process, and we take it very seriously. Thus, while we will strive to keep the parish informed of the committee’s work and progress, we will not share the names of candidates, where we might travel to visit candidates, or any details that might possibly reveal candidates submitted for the committee’s consideration. The Diocese has informed the committee that if confidentiality is breached, the search committee will be disbanded and the search suspended for one year. We appreciate your patience and understanding and please know that we will share what we can when we can. You can always find the latest information on the search process on this page.

Prayer is of upmost importance as we move through the search process. The Sixth Rector Search Committee will continue the practice of meeting for prayer in the Chapel every Monday at 8 am & 6 pm (following the morning and evening prayer services).  Everyone is encouraged to join us as often as possible as we pray for our church, the candidates, and the clarity to discern who is the sixth rector of St. John the Divine.

Peace,
Eric Wade, Chair
Sixth Rector Search Committee