Updates from the Vestry and/or Search Committee are listed with the most recent, first:
The Search Committee continues to read and review applications and has begun to conduct Skype interviews with potential rector candidates. As our work progresses, we will be calling references, visiting candidates' churches and will begin to narrow our list of candidates. Our hope and desire is to present our selection of a new rector to the parish in the summer. Please continue to keep the committee in your thoughts and prayers.
The Search Committee began its work with the parish-wide survey in September. Over 300 parishioners responded. Listening forums followed, to receive more personal feedback from the congregation. Personal interviews with clergy and staff completed the initial work to prepare a parish profile and questionnaire for the national church’s website. Canon Shannon Manning presented the results of our parish-wide survey in a town hall meeting and we are very grateful for the work the diocesan office is doing to help us in our search process.
The parish has been very helpful with nominations of potential candidates for rector. All of the nominations must go to the diocesan office for screening. Once the committee has received names of vetted candidates from the diocesan office, a letter and profile will be sent asking about their interest in being a candidate for rector at St. James. As we receive acceptances from potential candidates, the committee will be charged with the responsibility of learning as much as possible about the candidates. Skype interviews will follow before the selection of final candidates. All information about potential candidates is confidential. There is no timeline for completion of this process, but we are optimistic that a new rector can be selected by late spring.
The Search Committee continues to ask for your prayers as we proceed with the search for our new rector for St. James Church.
Committee members: Helen Campbell and Trey Roberts, co-chairs; John Sykes, Charlie Frey, Jay Noland, Andy McCall, Bob Israel, Catherine Harrell, Martha Vasquez, Susan Rolfs, Bahin Leonard, Julia Spaht.
The Search Committee has completed the church profile and Office of Transitional Ministry documents. Beginning in January the Committee will receive and review names from the national church directory, the Diocese of Louisiana, as well as those already coming in from parishioners. (You can submit a nomination for consideration, here.) All names submitted by parishioners must be sent to the Diocesan office for clearance.
The timeline for calling a new rector has not been set. It is the hope of the committee that we will find several qualified candidates and will be able to complete the process in the spring. We continue to ask for your prayers as we pursue the serious work of finding the next rector for our church.
The Search Committee is now accepting parishioner nominations for candidates to be considered for the position of rector of St. James Episcopal Church. Please submit your nomination here.
The Search Committee is in the final stages of completing our St. James Profile Book to introduce our parish to potential rector candidates. The goal is a completed publication in January 2018. The work on this profile has revealed to the committee the amazing and wonderful work our St. James family does within and outside our church.
The following are just a few facts and figures about St. James: Average Sunday attendance at worship services is about 300; over 100 adults regularly participate in various religious education opportunities; our Day School serves nearly 300 students in PreK-3 through grade five.
In 2016, St. James reported 246 Sunday Eucharists with an additional 249 weekday Eucharists. The parish celebrated 18 marriages and 24 burials during this same period. Twenty-six individuals were baptized in the parish, including two candidates older than 16 years of age. A total of 15 individuals were confirmed and eight were received into the Episcopal Church. Total operating revenues in 2016 were $1,363,991 with the majority of these funds generated from the signed pledges of 367 church members.
Our parish survey revealed some profound and inspiring quotes from parishioners, including, “As the song goes: they will know we are Christians by our love — and that love includes reaching out to all people, especially those who are less fortunate and who are powerless — we have the resources and the power to make our community a better place and we need to do it.”
Your Search Committee members are humbled and awed by the love and work of our parish family. This search for a new rector for St. James is a spiritual journey for each of us on the committee and we continue to ask for your prayers as we continue our work on behalf of all our St. James family.
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP, p. 818