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Profile Committee

St. John’s Episcopal Church Profile Committee

Please Join St. John’s Parish Virtual Town Hall 
This Sunday, December 20, at 11:05 a.m.

(immediately following the Postlude)

Congregational Survey Results & Discussion 
We Need You to Help Tell Our Story!

The Zoom link and meeting ID are 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87353789589?pwd=OWlmaElNYnpDZ1N2ZVFSWDNIK0ZDUT09
If you can’t copy the link - - go to zoom.com/join and enter Meeting ID: 873 5378 9589 and Password: 2020.

 

Background
In June 2020, our long-term Rector, Rev. Ann Barker, left St. John’s to accept a calling with another parish in Georgia. The following month, the Vestry appointed a Profile Committee.This committee was charged with preparing the materials for the Diocesan Transition Ministry so that St. John’s, represented by the Vestry, can identify and clarify: (1) where the church has been, (2) where it is now, and (3) where it wants to go. Only then will the committee create a picture of the person the parish seeks for the future. The purpose of the committee is to first lay the foundation from which the future can be discerned and then to identify the type of leader that God will send.

Committee members divided up the work into the following areas: 

  1. Draft and conduct a Parish Survey.
  2. Draft a Parish History that summarizes periods of development, past rectors, and the history of the church building.
  3. Research and compile data on the demography of the parish (the facts of membership over the past 5 to 10 years) and the area (Who lives in the surrounding area? Is this population changing?).
  4. Compile data on St. John’s current financial status.


The results of these tasks will then be used to create the picture of the person St. John’s seeks in a future rector. The rector search process will be conducted by a separate Search Committee and will begin only after the Profile is complete.

The Committee Members are: Jeff Aitken (Vestry liaison), Dave Dunlap, Del Hunt, Peter Olivere, Lisa Pope (chair), Lynn Robinson, Sandy Winger (Sr. Warden adjunct to all committees), and The Rev. Dr. Laurence K. “Larry” Packard (consultant).

Progress
The survey, demographics, history, and financial data have all been completed. The survey was distributed the first week of November with members of the congregation having the option to take it on-line or have a paper copy sent to them. We received 37 responses, which have been compiled into a document that is posted below in advance of our Town Hall on December 20.  

Town Hall on December 20
The purpose of the Town Hall is to engage the congregation in a discussion about the results of the survey. The survey results alone cannot speak by themselves. The lesson learned from other parishes in transition is that the survey is only the first of two important steps in compiling the Profile. The second step is the discussion with the parish about the results. 

Our Town Hall is Sunday, December 20, at 11:05 a.m. (immediately following the Postlude). Here is the link to St. John’s Survey Results, a pdf file that includes the compilation of the survey responses. We encourage you to review it prior to the Town Hall. We will begin the session by covering the highlights of the survey, using a significantly condensed version of the results. Those highlights will be followed by our group discussion. The information from the discussion will be incorporated into the final Profile along with the survey results.

Thank you for your input and your participation in this important process!

St. John’s Survey Results in pdf format