Whit Jordan, Chairman
Katherine Haley, Vestry Member
Steve Ritchey, Vestry Member
Pray for the Succession Committee and Our Church
We need the prayers of our body, enabling us to discern the Lord's path. Some areas to consider are:
- submitting to the mind of Christ in all of our affairs;
- listening for God's quiet leading, as individuals and as a group;
- relinquishing our own opinions;
- clearly recognizing the man God has chosen to carry us forward as a vital body of Christ, for such a time as this.
"Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
Kristen Short updated the congregation on the Succession Committee’s progress on Sunday, September 3, 2017
I want to thank you and the vestry for giving my colleagues on the succession committee and me the opportunity to serve our church in this manner. It is an honor and a responsibility we take very seriously. We are involved in different ministries, different aspects of life at TFCA, but we are coming together – uniting under the leadership of the Holy Spirit – to discern whom it is that God is calling to be our next rector.
I want to briefly update you on what we’ve been up to the last several months and what’s on the short-term horizon as well. In a nutshell, we have been doing our homework. We have been meeting monthly since January with four key objectives in mind:
First – Prayer
We pray individually and collectively for the search process, for each other and for the person whom God will bring to our church. We invite and encourage you to do the same.
Second – Wise Counsel
We have benefited from the wisdom of numerous leaders, bishops and search committee experts -- people from inside and outside of our church -- who have taken time to share with us their experience and “lessons learned” with respect to leadership, the search process and succession.
Third – Congregational Engagement
We’ve been so blessed by the emails you have sent to us with your suggestions, ideas and prayers. About 200 of you attended the parish meetings last spring and nearly 900 of you participated in the parish survey earlier this summer. The results informed our decisions around selection criteria. If you want to see the survey results please visit the succession committee’s page on the church’s new website. We are grateful for your involvement and we pledge to regularly update you on this process.
Fourth – Organization.
We met with our bishop, our rector, and the vestry; established roles; crafted an interview process and questions; received the names of nearly two dozen potential candidates; prepared a communications plan; commissioned a parish profile; wrote a job description and generally tried to get our ducks in a row.
This Fall, we move from the Preparation Phase to the Candidate Identification phase. The job description is posted on the website, and we are now officially accepting applications. Individuals who have already been suggested will be contacted directly, and we pray many of them will prayerfully decide to join the candidate pool.
We hold the timetable loosely, as much will depend upon the person God provides. Still, we hope to have completed the search and made our recommendation to the Vestry by this time next year. Thankfully, John has given us the dual gift of advance notice and flexibility!
John’s shoes are large ones to fill, but we recognize afresh the important distinction he’s been making over his last four decades of ministry here: The Falls Church Anglican is not John Yates’ church. It is God’s church. It is the church of Jesus Christ. And we are depending on the Holy Spirit to reveal to us who will next take the helm.