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Welcome to Christ Church, Georgetown!  Whether you are a life-long Christian or just inquiring about or beginning that wonderful and exciting journey of faith, here at Christ Church you will know welcome, love, respect, and belonging.

 

 

 
 

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Welcome to Christ Church, Georgetown! Whether you are a long-time Christian, seeking to renew a relationship with God, renewing one from a past time, or are on a path of seeking and discovery, we are happy to welcome you to this community of faith. As Episcopalians, we are anchored in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic faith. We are a people of resurrection faith. More

Join Christ Church

We invite you with joy to join this community of faith! Baptism is the only requirement for full membership in the Episcopal Church and baptism in any denomination is accepted if it was performed with water and in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. More

The current Adult Forum explores the topic of Resurrection Faith and features a variety of speakers.
We provide programming several times a year to support the spiritual enrichment of parents, especially in regard to the faith development of children and youth.
Through the support of the parish, we are fortunate to offer a wonderful and comprehensive Sunday School and youth group program for children from age 3 through the 12th grade.

Christ Church in the Community

We are commanded as Christians to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We can heed God's call to love our neighbors by serving other members of our local and global communities, especially the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and the lonely. More

Parish Profile

Frequently Asked Questions about the Search Committee Process for a New Rector

1. Is the Search Committee process running on time?

We are actually right on schedule.

Stuart Kenworthy left Christ Church in early November, although with the Christmas holidays, it may seem like a long time ago. We understand that there is an eagerness to call a new Rector as soon as possible and that this is a time of transition and uncertainty for all. However, we are following a proven process that is designed to allow us to seize the opportunity for discovery and growth that this transition period offers. We want this process to be as transparent as possible. It is important to take the time to ensure that all voices are heard to call the next Rector. We ask for your prayers, thoughts and continued support as we move forward in this discernment. In preparation for this task, members of the search committee have read books and other materials, including “So You’re on the Search Committee,” by Bunty Ketcham and Celia Allison Hahn (Rowan & Littlefield, 2014), which is available in print and in e-book.

2. What does the Search Committee process typically involve?

The search process typically takes about 12 to 15 months to complete. It has three phases:

- Search Committee formation

- Parish self-assessment and discernment

- Calling and installation of the new Rector

3. Who serves on the Search Committee and how were they chosen?

The Vestry tapped long-time parishioners, I. Guyman Martin, III and Susan Davies to be the co-chairs of the Search Committee. They then worked with the Vestry to cull 10 additional members from nominations that were submitted by the Parish. The committee started to meet in October. In addition to Guy and Susan, members are:

- Cynthia Anthony

- Thomas Birch

- Thomas Crocker

- Stephen Hadley

- Rupert Hammond-Chambers

- Molly Peacock

- Elizabeth Swenson

- Frances Symes

- Raymond Tanter

- Sally Squires Wilhelm

4. In what phase is the Search Committee now?

The Search Committee and parish are in the Self-Assessment/Discernment phase, which lasts roughly three to six months. It is considered a best practice within the Episcopal Church to have this time of reflection before calling a new Rector.

As part of this phase, we are immersing ourselves in the history and mission statement of Christ Church. We are collecting information about who we are as a parish family by working with you, the parish, to identify our aspirations, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and values. This phase is particularly crucial in our search given the long and successful ministry of our former Rector. During this time, as much information as possible will be gathered. With your help, the Search Committee will do this via parish-wide events, focus groups, small group interviews and surveys. Input from everyone in the parish is very important, because this information will be used to write a Parish Profile and the Rector Profile. Our goal is to complete the profiles by the end of April. Both documents will then be used to help potential candidates discern if they are called to serve our parish.

5. Will the Parish Profile and Rector Profile be available for the Parish to see and what happens after their completion?

Yes, the profiles will be available for the parish to see.

Once the Parish and Rector Profiles have been published on the Episcopal Church’s job site (maintained by the national Episcopal Church offices in New York City) the Search Committee begins the discernment process. Over the next ensuing three to five months, we will review resumes, conduct parish visits, interview candidates and ultimately identify and discern finalists for consideration by the Vestry.

The Vestry will engage in the final candidate discernment and call our new Rector. It will negotiate the letter of agreement with the Rector and make an announcement to the parish. It will also help lead the transition as we bid farewell to our Interim Rector and welcome our new Rector. The target to complete this process is October/November, 2015—about one year after the departure of our past Rector.

6. What role does the Bishop of Washington, DC play in the search process?

The Bishop’s office plays a primarily administrative role in our search process. The Canon for Congregational Vitality, Joey Rick, who is on the Bishop’s staff, has visited Christ Church and met with the Search Committee several times over the past few months to help us start the search. Once the Parish and Rector Profiles are complete, we will give them to the Office of Transition Ministries at Church House, which will post the profiles to the appropriate website(s) and then will assemble candidate packets for the Search Committee’s review. Joey Rick will also help us by checking references and conducting a background check to be sure that all candidates are in canonical good standing, which means that they are still licensed in holy orders, not on probation, and not engaged in any misconduct conversations with their Bishop. Once the Vestry has called a finalist, the Bishop will also meet the finalist to approve the call.

7. Does the past Rector play a role in the search process?

It is standard practice for the Vestry to meet with the past Rector as part of an “exit interview.” Beyond this meeting, and according to standard Episcopal Church protocol, he will not be involved in the search process.

8. When will I have a chance to voice my thoughts about a new Rector?

Your input is very much welcomed and will be fundamental to development of the Parish and Rector Profiles. The committee has already held two Open Forums (Sunday, November 9 and Sunday, December 7). We plan to hold additional meetings with any Parishioners who wish to come talk with members of the Search Committee. These meetings are set for Sunday, January 25, immediately following the 8:00 a.m. service, the 9:00 a.m. service and the 11:15 a.m. service. As you may have heard before in other contexts, all are welcome, none is obliged to attend. The location of the January 25 meetings will be:

- The Chapel at approximately 9:00 a.m., or immediately following the 8 a.m. service,

- The Memorial Room at approximately 10:00 a.m., immediately following the 9:00 a.m. service and,

- The Chapel at approximately 12:15 p.m., immediately following the 11:15 a.m. service.

We also plan to hold another meeting on Sunday, February 1 immediately after the 5:00 p.m. service and Choral Evensong. Please look for more details in upcoming church communications. The purpose of these informal meetings is to allow the exchange of information between Parishioners and Search Committee members.

The Focus Groups are slated to occur in January and February. They will be conducted by Search Committee members and will involve various Parish groups, including the Altar Guild, Youth and Family Ministries, Mission and Outreach, Ushers, etc. If you would like to participate in a small group meeting or a Focus Group, please contact us by e-mail at search@christchurchgeorgetown.org or by leaving a voicemail message at 202-333-6677 ext. 227.

The Search Committee is finalizing a parish-wide Survey, and will provide that to the parish shortly. Once this Survey is released, the Committee will ask that Parishioners complete and return it no later than February 4, 2015. The Survey will be made available via email and in paper form. Please watch for more details.

In addition, please continue to approach Search Committee members with your thoughts, comments, and questions in the coming weeks.

Once the Parish and Rector Profiles are finalized and the job is posted, however, you will hear less from us, due to the necessity of maintaining confidentiality with prospective candidates. At that point, we will begin to accept applications.

9. What is the best way to let potential candidates know about our vacancy?

You are encouraged to discuss our search for a new Rector. It is also fine to alert members of the priesthood who you think would make good candidates for Christ Church. Please tell them that we are in the process of developing the Parish and Rector Profiles. This process will be very familiar to them. Please direct those interested in learning more about our vacancy to watch for the posting on the Episcopal Church site. (We will alert the congregation when the Christ Church posting is listed).

However, please understand that the Search Committee will not be able to report on our deliberations once we have started receiving applications. Likewise, we will not be able to discuss potential candidates with anyone in the Parish who is not on the Search Committee.

This confidentiality and discretion are important to ensure the privacy of candidates under consideration. Most candidates will be working in other parishes and may not be comfortable discussing their interest publicly.

10. Will the congregation have the opportunity to meet potential candidates for the new Rector before an offer is made?

No. The Search Committee has an obligation to respect the confidentiality of those individuals interviewing for the new Rector position, as they discern their call. An announcement will be made to the congregation after the new Rector has accepted the call from the Vestry, the Bishop has been notified and approved of the call, and the letter of agreement is signed by the new Rector and Senior Warden. To get to this final stage, the congregation will have played an important role in creating the Parish and Rector Profiles. The Parish will lay the foundation for describing who we are and detailing the knowledge, beliefs, skills and abilities that are sought in calling our new Rector.

 

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