The search for the next rector of Grace-St. Luke’s has begun. A search committee has been formed and will work with the diocese to identify and evaluate qualified candidates.
The Vestry recently completed a Mutual Ministry Review outlining our vision for Grace-St. Luke’s Church in the coming years. While many creative ideas were shared, there was an overwhelming consensus that existing programs and priorities should be nurtured and maintained. Accordingly, the Vestry has issued the following charge to the Search Committee:
It is the expectation of the vestry that the next rector will be a priest committed to ensuring an engaging and nurturing Sunday worship experience, and that the next rector will possess experience with leadership and management at a program-sized parish. Recognizing that Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School is a primary mission of the parish, it is also the expectation of the vestry that the next rector will continue to support, sustain, and strengthen this Church/School relationship.
The first charge recognizes that the Sunday spiritual experience is a top priority of our community. Worship, strong preaching, and inspiring, enriching programming are fundamental in bringing parishioners closer to Christ and to one another. Our warm community enjoys a robust sense of humor, values diversity, and welcomes all who seek spiritual growth.
Second, our parish has an experienced staff, committed lay volunteers, and a solid financial position requiring an individual with strong organizational skills capable of managing and growing a program-sized parish. From this core position of strength, we hope that our parish will develop a role of greater relevance in the broader community.
Finally, the parish recognizes that Grace-St. Luke’s School — while not under the authority of the rector — is a vital partner in our mission and a critical piece of our identity in the community. Our parish shares a campus with this coeducational day school with an enrollment of 500 students from age two through eighth grade. We pray God will send us a rector who will continue to nurture and support our current strong relationship.
Our church is vibrant and strong and we pray for patience and guidance as we look for our next Rector to help fulfill God’s plan for us in the future.
It is with gratitude that we announce the individuals who have agreed to serve in the 2017 rector search process. These individuals were selected for their talent and faithfulness, as well as their ability to represent our diverse community. The parish will receive regular updates on their progress, and we ask for your prayers and patience as they begin this important work.
2017 Rector Search Committee:
The Search Committee thanks all who participated in the Rector Search Survey and the Saturday morning Roundtable Discussions. Many of you shared your thoughtful feedback which, coupled with the Vestry's Mutual Ministry Review and staff contributions, is guiding our work as we create our parish profile and candidate information materials. By mid-October, we hope to have concluded the research and information-gathering phase of the search process. Stay tuned for updates on our progress via The Messenger, eNews, Sunday announcements, and www.gracestlukes.org/rector-search.. Please note there is a specific email address to contact the Rector Search Committee at rectorsearch [at] gracestlukes [dot] org. We appreciate your prayerful support during this search process.