2017 Search Process

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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:

The 2017 Vestry Charge

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.

Search Committee Selected

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:

  • Nicki Soulé (Search Chair)
  • Antoinette Cheney
  • Ryan Gibbs
  • Barb Frazer
  • Ed Hord
  • Sandra Ireland
  • Debbie McCanless
  • Murray McKay
  • Josh Shipley

Rector Search Roundtables Scheduled

The Rector Search Committee is already hard at work on the organization and research phases of the process. One of the important steps in that process is dialogue with parishioners. As we embark upon the search for our next rector, we want to hear about your vision, hopes, dreams, and concerns for our common journey at Grace-St. Luke’s. To that end, we will be sending out an electronic survey in July (be on the lookout for links in social media and the eNews). We will also be holding two Rector Search Roundtables for those who are not comfortable with an electronic survey or who want to provide more in-depth feedback. The Rector Search Roundtables are scheduled for  Saturdays, July 22 (McClure Hall)  and August 19 (Trezevant),  from 9 to 11 a.m. Light refreshments and child care will be provided. You can register for either session by emailing the Rector Search Committee at rectorsearch [at] gracestlukes [dot] org or calling Lucy Owens at the parish office at 901-272-7425.

You can also share your thoughts via the Rector Search Survey (info posted below).

GSL Rector Search Survey is Live

The Rector Search Survey is now live. This is an important opportunity for you to tell us which qualities and characteristics to seek in your new Rector. We hope every GSL parishioner and each household member will complete the survey—whether you just joined or have been here for ages. We want to hear from everyone!

You can access the survey here: GSL Rector Survey. You can also pick up a paper survey from the church office or on the counter in the hallway leading to Trezevant Hall. Completed surveys can be returned to the church office. 

This survey is the first of several opportunities to share your opinions with the Rector Search Committee.