A few quotes from the Parish Profile questionnaire
As you all know, parishioners carefully and thoughtfully responded to the Parish Profile questionnaire. We wanted to share a few comments that are helping inform the Parish Profile document that will be built from your input and shared with rector candidates.
The Vestry held its monthly meeting on Sept 3, 2018. The Revered Canon Joanna Satorius-Canon for Formation and Transition Ministry attended as a guest speaker. She spoke to the vestry about the next steps the vestry and this church would be taking as the Parish Profile committee is compiling its data and preparing to complete the final document of the Parish Profile. Canon Satorius described various search processes we could undertake She described how the parish profile and its summary will be used to attract a field of potential rector candidates. The information she provided will be invaluable as the vestry plans for the actual search process.
A big thanks to all the parishioners who submitted their Parish Profile Questionnaires. The grand total stands at 170! Of that number, 67 of you chose to fill out the online version. 170 Surveys is quite a fair sampling of the members of our parish. You submitters will have an influential say in how we calculate the culture and climate of COS, where we see pluses and minuses amidst church life, and what kinds of hopes and dreams we have for the future of the church.
The first major project of the Parish Profile Committee—Congregational Input—is now entering its third phase. The first phase featured some preliminary or “warm-up” activities to explain the information gathering process and to get our brain waves acclimated. It began with an explanatory Sunday morning Forum and continued with two Saturday seminars led respectively by Father Bob and Tom Shenk.
Last Sunday’s Forum was all about the recently distributed Parish Profile Questionnaire, created by the Parish Profile Committee (PPC). Paul Kilian, PPC chair, rallied most of the committee to meet with fellow parishioners who had questions or who just wanted to talk more about the Parish Profile that is being created. In all, there were about 35 who attended the Profile Forum. The Parish Profile will be used to inform prospective rectors about the Church of Our Saviour community.
Last Saturday, the Parish Profile Committee hosted the second seminar designed to elicit information from parishioners that will ultimately guide the Vestry in the Rector search. The theme of the seminar was What do we do well and beyond? The free-ranging discussions inevitably included areas in which we need to improve.
Approximately 40 parishioners attended the seminar facilitated by Tom Shenk. Everyone was seated at a round table and each table had a facilitator. Tom asked three questions. Each table discussed among themselves and then shared their responses with the entire room.
This past Saturday, Interim Rector Fr. Bob Honeychurch and four members of the Parish Profile Committee (PPC) met with clergy, vestry, and parishioners at the first of two seminars designed to engage and move Church of Our Saviour closer to the permanent rector search. Fr. Bob Honeychurch lead Saturday’s seminar: Sharing Our History Day, which encouraged all in attendance to share their stories and personal history and involvement with our storied parish.
Church of Our Saviour’s Parish Profile Committee (PPC) officially launched its mission this past Sunday at the Forum. PPC chair, Paul Kilian lead a detailed discussion of the work ahead as the congregation seeks to provide input to that will assist in the creation of an updated Parish Profile and inform the search for a new rector.
Our Transition Period is an exciting time in the life of COS, and your personal challenge is to catch the energy of it and do your part. Our Parish Profile Committee is now in full swing. And If you didn’t know – together, over the next several months, we will be creating a Parish Profile: a document for which we’re assembling a complete and various account of everything about the Church of Our Saviour that a potential rector might want to know: History, Finances, Demographics, Facilities, Hopes & Dreams . . . you name it.