"Almighty God, giver of every good gift: look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
(BCP, p. 818)
Many of you will recall that at the end of 2022, we asked +Bishop Akiyama to approve the retention of The Rev. Bonnie Stewart to be our Priest-in-Charge for the period of 12/1/2022 to 12/1/2024. Since the process of calling a new priest requires time for discernment and a rigorous search process, we have engaged a representative of the Diocesan Consulting Group to help us begin the process.
Initially, we will form a profile committee to develop a new church profile for potential candidates. Once it is completed, we will form and commission a search committee. The tradition practiced in the Episcopal Church of “calling” a rector affirms the active presence of God’s Spirit in the search process. We will prayerfully seek a priest with particular gifts and skills while recognizing that candidates are also engaged in a spiritual discernment process.
This exciting time of seeking the best clergy match for St Barnabas will be carried out prayerfully and with faith. Our goal is to call a new rector whose gifts God can use with us and among us for the sake of the Gospel.
We will keep you informed on a regular basis as we move toward God’s future as a congregation.
In God’s Service,