April 9, 2021
The Search Process Team has read the application documents supplied by all candidates for the position of Rector of Church of St. Paul in the Desert. On March 26, 2021, the team met and discerned which of those candidates will be interviewed via Zoom over the next three weeks. Candidates have been contacted and Zoom appointments have been set. The next discernment will take place on or around May 1, 2021 to decide which candidates will visit Palm Springs. The Committee thanks you for your continued support and prayers as we move forward in this process.
Clinton L Carbon, Convener
March 12, 2021
This update contains our working list of major milepost dates remaining in our search for the Ninth Rector of The Church of St. Paul in the Desert. The timeline represents our best planning for the work we have left to do. As with all timelines, these dates can change. Factors such as COVID-19 protocols (local, state, and national), candidate availability, travel restrictions and arrangements, diocesan approvals as well as fluctuation in time to process and discern additional information, as it becomes available, could affect our ability to maintain this schedule. Please continue to check the Transition Updates section of the Abundant Life Newsletter or the Rector Search area of our website for up-to-date information.
Phases I, II and part of Phase III have been completed. This update begins with dates for 2021.
Thank you for your continued support. Please remember the team and the Parish in your prayers.
The Transition Committee
Phase III – Search Process
January 15, 2021: Parish Profile/OTM postings and Episcopal News Service ad placed
February 26, 2021: Applications period closed
February 27-March 26, 2021: Reading of applications and support documentation
March 27, 2021: Discernment for video interviews
March 28-April 5, 2021: Arrange video interviews
April 6-23, 2021: Zoom video interviews
May 1, 2021: Discernment of Zoom interviews
May 10-June 11, 2021: In-person candidate visits to Palm Springs
June 17, 2021: List of finalists to Vestry
On or before July 1, 2021: Senior warden issues a Call
Phase IV – Thank Interim Rector, welcome new Rector and begin new chapter
To be decided: Final details to follow immediately after the Call is made.
Pray for our Parish in Transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p. 818)
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