Rector Search Committee

We want to keep our Ascension Parish members informed of the process, how we are moving forward, and what the Search Committee is currently and will be doing. The process of the Rector Search is a process of planning, searching and choosing that takes place over a period of many months. While every stage is important, the initial planning phase needs to be completed carefully so the Search Committee members learn how to best conduct each stage of the process and to acquire feedback through conversations with and surveys of the Parish membership. The information gathered from the Parish will be used to create an Ascension Parish Profile that explains what Ascension is looking for in a new Rector and all that Ascension has to offer its new Rector.

Below is a summary of the stages for our search:

Stage One (Planning):

  • Organize Search Committee members to provide different functions needed for search
  • Receive Diocesan training and guidance from Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, Rev. Michelle Warriner Bolt
  • Hold Search Committee retreat (held on Saturday, August 8)
  • Plan and complete Parish-wide focus group meetings and congregational survey sent to Parish members (Because of COVID-19, we anticipate the Parish conversations will be held virtually. More details will be provided in coming weeks.)
  • Compile Parish survey and focus group meetings results along with other pertinent information about our Parish to include in Ascension’s Parish Profile
  • Upload profile to our Ascension website and prepare other needed documents to utilize for search

Stage Two (Searching):

  • Committee will work closely with Canon Bolt to review candidates and choose semi-finalists
  • Interview candidates
  • Choose one finalist to present to the Vestry

Stage Three (Choosing):

  • Search Committee will send finalist name to Vestry
  • Vestry will meet/interview the candidate, and vote
  • Bishop will be notified of the vote
  • Senior Warden will extend the call!

Members of the Ascension Search Committee thank you, our Parish, for your continued prayers during our planning process. Our Ascension Search Committee Prayer is below:

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Thank you for all those who are working on the Search Committee for the Church of the Ascension. We pray to you to send the Holy Spirit to work with us and guide us. We pray that we will work together in faith, trust and in communion, listening for the ever-present guidance of the Spirit. Lead us, we pray, that we may receive a faithful Rector, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen