Christ Church is beginning the process of searching for a new Rector, following the January 2018 retirement of the Rev. John S. McDuffie. We will continue to provide updates here on the search process.
Search Committee Monthly Update - October 2018
After eight months and twenty-three meetings, the Search Committee — following the Episcopal Diocese of Washington's Standard Process for Transition of Parish Clergy — has completed its task.
The names of our top three candidates have been forwarded in ranked order to the Vestry. The search process, although arduous at times, has culminated in our selection of these extremely viable and well-qualified candidates — any one of which will lift our spirits and move our church in the right direction.
Thanks to you, the congregation, for your support, prayers and patience during this process, and for your tremendous response during our self-assessment phase where you provided critical input at our focus groups.
Now, the Vestry will take the reins, conducting the final interviews and on-site visits here at our church, and will thoughtfully and prayerfully discern which of the three candidates will be the new rector of Christ Episcopal Church.
A proposed parish prayer as we search for a new Rector
Adapted from St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Keller TX
Almighty God, you know the needs of your Church in every place.
Look graciously upon our parish family at Christ Church;
Help us remember our mission to serve you by what we do for others in this complex world and through the inspiring education Christ Episcopal School offers our children;
Grant us the insight and guidance your Holy Spirit provides as we search for our new Rector;
May we be living examples of your love for us throughout this journey;
Lead us towards becoming one heart and mind as we search for a faithful priest who will bring inspiring vision;
Remind us that we are stewards for our church family now and in the future;
Give us confidence to trust your wisdom and timing, remembering what we seek is grounded in your Providence;
May we find continued strength in the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ…to become the heart, hands and feet to our neighbors no matter where they are on their journey of faith;
Bless us with mutual trust, respect for each other, patience and foresight as you shepherd our community through challenges and decisions we make;
Grant us inspiration and humility as each of us weighs what is most important through heartfelt self-reflection;
All this we ask in the glory of your name as we continue to walk in the pathways that you have set for us.