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Rector Search Update: October 24, 2019

Dear parish friends:

This month, Good Shepherd continues to buzz with activity – and I hope you have been able to join the fun. Perhaps you enjoyed the fall festival and award-winning chili last weekend at Hillside Sunday as we celebrated the growing ministry of Hillside Early Childhood Center. Maybe your furry friend is feeling particularly special after receiving a blessing during the St. Francis Day celebrations on both campuses. My family has been taking a break from the kitchen mid-week and meeting our fellow parishioners for Chef Robert’s dinners at Wednesdays on Windsor. As always, we feel truly blessed to worship, laugh, and work alongside you all in these ways and many more.

The rector search committee continues to meet each week. In late September, the committee members finalized the slate of questions they would use to interview candidates. These questions specifically address the competencies our parish identified as critical for our next rector as outlined in The Rector We Seek section of our parish profile.

In early October, the Diocese of Texas sent the committee the names and OTM (Office of Transition Ministry) profiles for six rector candidates. In the following weeks, the committee conducted separate Skype interviews with each of the candidates. Currently, the committee is in the process of discerning which candidates to interview further with visits to those priests’ current parishes.

The Diocese will continue to receive nominations and send our search committee names throughout the rector search process; there is no “cut-off” date by which a priest’s name must be submitted. If you would like to recommend a priest to serve as our sixth rector, please fill out this form or a paper form found in the church offices on both the Windsor and Woodland campuses.

The vestry continues to review candidates for interim rector as names are sent by the Diocese; although we have not yet found the right person for the position, we remain open to the possibility and hope that the right candidate will come along soon. The size and complexity of Good Shepherd – while a good thing! – does narrow the pool of qualified candidates significantly.

Thank you all for your patience and energy during this transition. Your support of the parish during this interim period enables us to continue our ministries and demonstrates to rector candidates the strength of our parish. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to click here to make a pledge to the work of the parish for 2020.

As we prepare the way for our sixth rector, I ask that you keep our parish and your fellow congregants in your prayers. Please send any questions or concerns my way, and thank you allowing me to serve you this year.

In peace,

Taylor Bowles
Senior Warden

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