Transfiguration is a warm, welcoming community committed to our many strong, active ministries. Although our previous rector’s resignation surprised and saddened us, we have remained committed to our church and have banded together in this time of transition. Despite the uncertainty we face, we have remained positive, and we look forward to finding a new rector who can lead us to grow and deepen our connection to God and life in the gospel.
Overall, our congregation is highly engaged and satisfied. However, we have identified a few areas for improvement through our congregational discernment during the search process:
- Growth and Retention: Like most churches, we would like to invite new members into our congregation. God is doing wonderful things at Transfiguration, which we want to share with others in our community. Likewise, we want to improve in retaining and reaching out to parishioners whose attendance drops off.
- Congregants feel that a stronger or more visible presence in the community would facilitate church growth.
- We understand that to grow our church, we will need to make changes, particularly to welcome families with young children. Our parishioners, who are deeply invested in the church and generally satisfied with our worship style and our congregational life together, appreciate being well-informed and involved in decision-making. Members respond positively to transparent, collaborative, and well-considered change.
- Readiness for Ministry: Because of the strength of our lay leadership and congregational involvement, supporting parishioners in ministries suited to their gifts is crucial. We want to make sure members have the resources and information they need to connect with our many existing ministries and activities or to identify unmet needs and new opportunities for service. The results of our congregational survey indicated a desire among members to expand our outreach, and using parishioners’ gifts and interests effectively is an essential first step.
- Educational Engagement: While our Bible study group and seasonal book clubs/discussion groups have a strong core group of attendees, we want to expand our adult education opportunities to meet the needs of more congregants. Flexible scheduling and variety in topics of study may be helpful in reaching more of the congregation.
We are looking for a rector who…
- Will be invested in our church. Transfiguration is a place of spiritual fulfillment for us, and we need a rector who shares our commitment to this church. A desire to live in the spacious, well-maintained rectory on our church property is both a symbolic and practical sign of this commitment. A rector who is close to our church is also likely to be engaged with our church family.
- Is a good teacher. Strong preaching is paramount. We are looking for a spiritual role model and gifted preacher whose insight into the lectionary can help and inspire us to bring the gospel into our everyday lives.
- Is a caring leader and skilled administrator. Our experienced lay leaders and engaged, active members seek a rector who will collaborate with us in mutual ministry, leading more as a facilitator than a manager. For example, our volunteer music director and our interim rector meet regularly to discuss and plan service music, sharing their perspectives and working together to enhance our worship experience. With our extensive buildings and grounds and a day care center on site, we seek a rector who is also an effective administrator.
- Can develop a rapport with the congregation. We are looking for a warm and caring individual to join us. We hope our next rector will engage enthusiastically in the life of our congregation, embracing our established traditions and joining us in forming new ones as we pursue new endeavors together in our journey of faith.
Our congregational survey identified these critical abilities:
- Preaching skills
- Pastoral care