Search Committee Members: Guy Hagstette (Senior Warden; Ex-Officio), Matthew Wright, Consuelo Bravo, Eric Hagstette, Debby Francis, Bill McKenzie, Linnet Deily (Chair), Will Randall, Kristin Johnson, Rob Reedy, Erin McMillin, Robin Bullington, Meredith Canada, Floyd Robinson, Flo Ray (Junior Warden).
Thank you for your participation as a congregation in the sessions from several weeks ago when the Parish Profile was discussed, and for participating in the discussions on the important qualities desired in our prospective Dean. Your input helps inform the Search Committee’s deliberations.
The vestry met September 28 and approved the slate of members for the Search Committee, AND THE VESTRY WANTS TO THANK EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED A NOMINATION.
With almost 100 Cathedral members nominated, all of whom are respected and committed members of the Cathedral family, it was very difficult to select only one out of seven nominees for the committee. There were many, many outstanding Cathedral members, so much of the attention was focused on ensuring to the extent possible a balanced representation of the diverse viewpoints, services, ministries, and life experiences of our congregation. Our Senior Warden, Guy Hagstette, will serve as a non-voting member of the committee and will be charged with keeping parishioners updated as the committee conducts its work.
The Search Committee was commissioned during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, October 16. This is the first important step in the Committee’s work to select our next Dean. They participated in search committee training as required by the Diocese the following Wednesday and completed the requirements to begin their work.
Please keep the Search Committee and the Cathedral in your prayers, and please be sure to thank these committee members for agreeing to devote themselves to the important task of identifying our new Dean.
When the Search Committee meets each week, we start and end our meetings with prayer. It soothes the soul, reminds us of the importance of our task, and affirms our desire to work in unison with God as our Captain.
The Search Committee continues to develop and review the STAR questions mentioned in last month’s Update, and we have embarked on organizing these questions in a comprehensive interview format. An additional focus has also been made on creating a template to document our pre-screening reviews that will be conducted for each candidate to ensure a consistent approach is taken.
As you might imagine, the Search Committee is eager to start reviewing the prospective candidates, however we are still in the preliminary stages of the process. Once the procedures for the search process have been finalized, the Search Committee will begin review of specific candidates. The good news is that The Diocese of Texas indicates there are a number of people interested in the Christ Church Cathedral’s Dean position.
Although the initial stages of the Search Committee’s work have been filled with the administrative requirements on Diocese training, developing STAR questions, and establishing consistent interview procedures, the Search Committee is ready to begin reviewing the candidates. We continue to ask each of you for your support and prayers and know that our work continues in earnest.