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The Search Committee invites the parish to complete the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) survey! Your responses will help guide us in the search for our new Rector. The CAT survey is open September 11 - 30. Please complete it at your earliest convenience - the more responses we can gather, the closer we will come to a Rector who is the perfect fit for St. Andrew's. Please click on the button or use the following link to take the survey: surveymonkey.com/r/STAECAAMI. Each person in a household is eligible to fill out this anonymous and confidential online survey. Thank you for participating in the search process and helping guide our search for the next Rector.


SEARCH UPDATE: September 11, 2022

From September 11 - 30, 2022 we invite you to complete the parish survey (known as the Congregational Assessment Tool or CAT) which will help guide the search for our new rector. All regular attendees, members, and congregants of St. Andrew’s are welcome to participate.  Each member of a household is eligible to fill out the survey, each person is asked to fill out the survey only once.

The CAT survey can be completed via computer, smartphone, or tablet. The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. Visit surveymonkey.com/r/STAECAAMI to complete the survey.

We believe this survey will give a broad sense of where members of our church think St. Andrew’s should head in the future, and a description of our church as a unique body of people. The survey will help us identify our priorities for St. Andrew’s as we search for our next rector. A benefit of the survey is that it is impartial in that all members of the parish are provided the opportunity to provide input, whether you are talkative or shy, young or old, newcomer or life-long member.

Beyond the Survey

We welcome your input beyond completing the CAT! Small Group discussions will be held after all three services on September 18. Additionally, if you are part of a committee or ministry that would like to have a Search Committee member host a small group discussion for you, please reach out!

Via Email: We welcome additional ideas and input via email at searchcommittee@standrewsaa.org. Emails will be held in confidence and are accessible only to members of the Search Committee.

Online Form: If you prefer to submit your comments and thoughts anonymously, you can do so at bit.ly/sta-sc1.

By Mail: Attention: Search Committee, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Anything we receive will be opened by the Search Committee only and kept confidential.

After analysis the results of the survey will be shared with the congregation at a parish meeting on Sunday, October 16 following the 10:00 am service. We look forward to gaining more insights into our community!

The Search Committee
Harry McLaughlin and Dave McCreadie, co-chairs
Sarah Inwood, Sandra Murchison, Liz Sweet, Luke Thompson, Mary Wessel Walker


Search & Transition Update Archive

Steve Feenstra has stepped down from his position on the Search Committee. We thank him for his leadership. Harry McLaughlin and Dave McCreadie have agreed to serve as co-chairs, and Liz Sweet has agreed to serve as the seventh member of the committee, along with Luke Thompson, Sarah Inwood, Sandra Murchison, and Mary Wessel Walker. Thank you all!
-- Lorraine Field, Senior Warden

Greetings from your Search Committee! During the summer months, we have been developing ways you can provide input to us as we proceed with the process of searching for our next rector. We have also outlined a schedule described below, milestones for the process.

We want and need your input!

From September 11 through September 30, we ask that you participate in the online Church Assessment Tool. This is an assessment of our parish completed by parish members. This should take about 30 minutes to complete. Members of the committee will be available after services in September, if you have any questions.

The Diocese believes that the Church Assessment Tool will give us a broad sense of where members of our church think St. Andrew’s should head in the future, as well as a description of our church as a unique body of people. The survey will help us identify your priorities for St. Andrew’s as we search for our next rector. All answers will be anonymous. A benefit to the survey is its impartiality, all members of the parish are afforded the opportunity to provide input; whether you are talkative or shy, young or old, a recent member or a longtime member.

The online Church Assessment Tool is not the only way we seek your input. You will have the opportunity to attend small group meetings where you can tell the search committee what you think should be a priority in looking for our next rector.

You can also share your ideas by sending an email to: searchcommittee@standrewsaa.org. Emails will be held in confidence and are accessible only to members of the Search Committee.

Or, write us a letter: Attention: Search Committee, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Anything we receive will be opened by the Search Committee only and kept confidential.

Finally, please do not hesitate to talk to one or more members of the Committee. We are happy to visit with you about the process and we are interested in your thoughts.

Goals for 2022 and early 2023

The Search Committee, in consultation with the Diocese, has set the following tentative schedule for milestones in the search process. We will always keep you informed of the details along the way.

September 11-30, 2022: We ask that members of the parish complete the online Church Assessment Tool. Opportunities will be available for small group discussions.

Early-mid October 2022: The Search Committee and the Vestry, guided by the clergy of the Diocesan Transition Team, will make the results of the Church Assessment Tool available to the parish.

November/December 2022: We will complete our Parish Profile, which must be approved by the Vestry and the Bishop. The Parish Profile is the description of St. Andrew’s that candidates interested in becoming our new Rector will review. It tells our story.

January 2023: The Diocese will post the position and begin to identify candidates to be our next rector. The position is typically posted by the Diocese for 8 weeks.

Thank you for your prayers and support during the search process.
The Search Committee

Greetings from your Search Committee for our next Rector. We have had a chance to meet with The Rev. Canon Ellen Ekevag, who is the Canon for Congregational Development and Transitions of the Episcopal Diocese of Mich- igan. You may recall that Rev. Ekevag was with us in May to explain the search and transition process. Rev. Ekevag and her colleague, The Rev. Susie Shaefer, will be supporting, assisting, and guiding us through the search process for our next Rector.

After the summer vacation season, we will be seeking your input as we proceed through the search process. Your input is vital as we draft our parish profile, a document that describes our parish, and that potential Rector candidates and the Diocese will review and use during the search process. And, we value your input as we eventually identify potential candidates to serve as our next Rector.

We will also be setting up a page on our St. Andrews website where we will regularly update the parish of progress in the search process. If you have any questions about the search process, please feel free to contact us.

The Search Committee members are: Steve Feenstra, Committee Chair; Sarah Inwood, Dave McCreadie, Harry McLaughlin, Sandra Murchison, Luke Thompson, Mary Wessel Walker

Thank you for your prayerful support during the process.
Steve Feenstra
Search Committee Chair

Good News! We have a Search Committee! The committee will be commissioned during the 10:00 am service on June 5. After commissioning the Committee will meet with the Transition Minister from the Diocese and learn about beginning their work.

The Search Committee members are: Steve Feenstra, Committee Chair; Sarah Inwood, Dave McCreadie, Harry McLaughlin, Sandra Murchison, Luke Thompson, Mary Wessel Walker

Please keep them in your prayers.

The Vestry met on May 10th to develop criteria to guide us in the formation of the Search Committee to find a new rector for St. Andrew’s. It is so important to have a committee that is representative of the whole parish.

The church website lists the ministries at St. Andrew’s, and we will use this as a guide, recruiting people with personal experience in these ministries and a demonstrated involvement in the life of St. Andrew’s. Our next step will be to form the Search Committee. They will begin the work of meeting with you to learn about your thoughts, concerns, hopes, and dreams for our parish. They will need your prayerful and considered input so that they can write a parish profile to be used to tell candidates who we are and what we value.

Efficient and effective communication throughout this transition process is critical. The Vestry will be in regular contact with the Search Committee, and we will provide regular updates in the Sunday bulletin each month after our regular Vestry meeting. And you can always call us, send us an email, or grab us at church if you have questions or concerns. Your voice is important to us and to this process.

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