Rector Search Goes Live
The Community Ministry Profile that describes both our parish and the rector we seek to hire was posted to the diocesan and national church websites on January 1, 2019. We feel that the Profile beautifully expresses both our current community and ministries, as well as our hopes for the future.
The narrative portion of the Profile is available HERE. The format is the standard diocesan recruitment document—the prompts are posed in regular font, and the St. John’s responses are in bold font. We invite you to read the document and keep our future rector as well as the Discernment Committee in your prayers.
Parish Profile Submitted for Vestry Consideration
The Parish Profile, to be used during the recruiting process for our new rector, was submitted for Vestry consideration at the November 19 regularly scheduled Vestry meeting. The Vestry will take the next few weeks to review the document and will vote on its adoption at their December meeting.
As previously noted, the profile document was created by the committee following their November 3–4 weekend retreat, during which they gathered and synthesized parish survey and small group feedback to develop a snapshot of our St. John’s family.
Following the Vestry’s review, commentary, and vote to adopt the document, the profile will be shared with the larger parish community. As always, any questions or comments about this process should be addressed to the Co-Chairs of the RDC via email HERE.
Letter to the Parish:
Rector Discernment Committee Constituted
In September, the Vestry considered and approved the members of the new rector selection committee whose Co-Chairs were selected in August. The committee, listed at the end of this article, consists of able, committed, engaged members representing a broad cross-section of the church demographics, all with the time and exceptional personal qualities needed to fulfill the mission.
In addition to our committee—as you may remember from our Adult Forum this summer with the Reverend Dr. Mary Thorpe, diocesan Director of Transition Ministry—all parishioners, even those not on the committee, play a vital role. During the next month in particular, your participation and input is critical to our success, as we will be soliciting input from the parish during meetings and forums.
The Episcopal Church has put a lot of thought into the process of selecting rectors and has provided us with a road map for our transition. As it was explained, there are two major components to the process: first, a preparatory period where we assemble a “community ministry portfolio,” the document describing who we are for potential rector candidates to consider; second, the consideration of those candidates who apply. It is our intent to have the portfolio ready for posting at the beginning of the New Year and begin the selection process this spring so that we can have a new rector by Homecoming 2019.
Creating the portfolio may well be the most difficult work of the committee. It will document our history, our present, and our aspirations for the future. We need to get it right to find the rector who is the best fit for the St. John’s community, and we are counting on your help. The committee will collect parish statistics and leverage work of recent discernment processes, but the bulk of our effort will be devoted to discerning our collective parish ethos. Similar to previous efforts, we will ask every household in the parish to complete a short survey by the end of October. In addition to the survey, we will conduct small group meetings in the month of October and in early November providing the opportunity to contribute to the portfolio development. The experience of the church is that the input received from these meetings is invaluable, so you are strongly encouraged to attend a session if you can. We’ll be publicizing the times and locations of these meetings shortly. Although the committee was selected by the Vestry to represent St. John’s, we expect to learn a great deal about our parish and will use the process to inform the search.
We will synthesize input into the portfolio to help rector candidates understand who we are and who we hope to be. After the portfolio is complete, approved by the Vestry, and posted on the appropriate website, we will move towards the next phase of the search. We will write more about that portion of the process when it is closer in time. Until then, a few closing thoughts:
First, the rector selection process will take time. We aim to complete it within a year—which would put us on the speedy side of such selections church-wide—but we will take as long as we need to get it right. This is a “journey to discernment.” We ask for patience, as finding a rector is no regular hiring decision.
Second, within certain necessary limits, we want you to know what is going on every step of the way. You will find information on the website, in the Parish News and Parish Report. If you ever have any questions, please ask and we will answer the best way we can (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Finally, we want to thank you in advance for your prayerful support. We will not be able to do this without you, and the many expressions of encouragement that we have already received from you have been most appreciated.
Kim Clark-Pakstys and Reid Prouty
Co-Chairs, Rector Discernment Committee
Committee Members: Kim Clark Pakstys (Co-Chair), Reid Prouty (Co-Chair), Manny Dacoba, Warren Gorrell, Katherine Haskell, Maggie Keller, Martha Kidd, Lauren Mensing, Rodney Page, Stefanie Stayin, Pete Traynham
Rector Discernment Committee Co-Chairs
Kim Clark Pakstys’ faith was formed early in the United Methodist tradition. She was active in Church School, youth programs, and served on district leadership councils and national committees. For four years, she was the Director of Youth Ministry at AUMC. After a time of personal discernment in 2000, she and her husband, Chris joined St. John’s—a welcoming, inclusive faith community. A few years later, she was confirmed into the Episcopal Church by Bishop Lee. Kim attends 11:15 services, is a confirmation mentor, attends Harvest Gathering dinners, helps with Homecoming, and is active in Women in Faith. She has served on the Vestry, led the Adult Education and Formation Committee, co-chaired the Discernment Process for the Create the Future Capital Campaign with Reid Prouty, and was on search committees for four Associate Rectors. Professionally, Kim is a Managing Director, leading the Strategy and Transformation Practice at BDO, USA LLP. For more than 20 years, she has advised large organizations through restructures, leadership changes, turnarounds, and merger integration. She has a BSBA from The Ohio State University and a Masters degree in Business with a specialty in Organization Development. She serves on the board of directors for Easterseals DC|MD|VA and Marymount University’s Board of Visitors. She and Chris live in Mclean.
Reid Prouty has been a member of St John's for the last 10 years and feels fortunate to have held positions which have prepared him to serve as Co-chair of the Rector Discernment Committee. While at St. John’s he has been a confirmation mentor, served on the Vestry, served on two seminarians' lay committees (once as the convener), co-chaired the Discernment Committee for the recent Capital Campaign, and chaired the recent committee that formulated St. John’s first alcohol policy. In his professional life, Reid’s job is to work towards consensus in legal disputes as Vice Chairman of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, having previously served with the Department of Justice and as an Air Force JAG. He is Catherine Marzin's husband and father to Jean-Lloyd and Mimi, both baptized at St. John's.