The Church Profile Committee is tasked with defining who the church is, and gleaning a collective vision of who we want to become. They will do this by conducting surveys, having small group discussions and in other ways not yet defined. Efforts will be made to hear from our entire congregation to build this vision. The parish profile will be published to clergy who may be interested in our calling.
Joe Buesgen is chairing the Profile Committee. We are pleased to announce that the Profile Committee will also include Jane Baker, Sheryl Barbin, Katie Brown, Marie Clark, Pam Dunlap, Jeanne Garrison, Jim Garrison, John McLaughlin and Kevin Randall.
Arlette Joseph, the Canon for Transition suggested we use the services of an outside consultant to assist us in the process. Most churches in transition do. The consultant’s experience with church transitions will facilitate a more thorough and proficient process. We interviewed one consultant in November, and anticipate interviewing at least one or two more individuals before we make our decision in December.
Early in 2020, the Profile Committee will proceed with organizing several listening sessions/focus groups and creating an online survey. Feedback will be incorporated into our profile, and will help frame our profile and search priorities.
Questions that we will come together and discuss include –
- What are the best things about St. Matthew’s?
- What challenges does St. Matthew’s have?
- What do we envision for the future of St. Matthew’s?
- What qualities are we looking for in our next Rector?
We ask that you support the Profile Committee and their work by keeping them in your daily prayers.