June 4, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

The Search process for our new Rector is in high gear as candidates visit our church campus and Palm Springs. This photo shows Vestry and Transition Committee members enjoying a distanced dinner after an Evening Prayer service led by one of the candidates. Soon the Vestry will be in discernment to make the call. Your continued prayers for our Vestry, the transition process, the candidates and our parish are much appreciated and essential to a successful call.

Faithfully,

Clinton L Carbon, Convener

Transition Committee

May 7, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I am pleased to inform you the Search Process Team has selected a range of candidates to visit our campus during May and June.  While we cannot reveal details of who those candidates are, we can tell you they come from a range of experiences, talents, and come from the East Coast to Southern California. Most importantly, they have each expressed a deep interest in and connection to our parish.  Vestry and Committee members will have an opportunity to meet and visit with each candidate in small and large groupings.  We will introduce our beautiful campus and facilities as well as the City of Palm Springs to each guest as we continue to mutually discern if this is the partnership God has in store for us.

We ask that you remain prayerful for and with us all as we enter this phase leading up to the selection of the Ninth Rector of The Church of St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs.

Faithfully,

Clinton L. Carbon, Convener

Transition Committee

April 30, 2021

The Search Process Team has interviewed six candidates for Rector via Zoom. The next discernment will take place on May 1, 2021, to select which candidates will visit Palm Springs. The Committee thanks you for your continued support and prayers as we move forward in this process.

Blessings,
Clinton L Carbon, Convener

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.

Easter Blessings,

Clinton L Carbon, Convener


March 12, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

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.

February 26, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

The window for applications for our Rector Search will close Friday, February 26, 2021.  We have received information from a number of candidates from across the country.  We are encouraged by their knowledge and experience.  In addition to their cover letter, résumé and Office of Transition Ministry Profile, each candidate is asked to respond to the following questions in a Word document:

  1. As you read our parish profile, what most excites and challenges you about the possibility of serving as Rector of the Church of St. Paul in The Desert?
  2. Tell us about a personal experience of cultural challenge and/or reconciliation. How did it impact you?
  3. In a time when some see the church in decline, how do you plan to help the church flourish in the 21st century?
  4. How does your ministry proclaim hope?

Once all candidates have submitted their responses, the Search Profile Team will begin to read the complete file of each candidate to evaluate and discern who will move onto the first round of interviews. In the meantime, I have submitted our revised timeline for the next steps of the process to be reviewed by our diocesan contact. Once approved, the timeline will be published in the next Transition Update.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  We are prepared to move forward.

Peace,

Clinton L Carbon, Convener

February 5, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

I hope you have taken the opportunity to read our Parish Profile.  We are now receiving applications from female and male priests from across the country.  As you may have read or heard, the Parish Profile and the Office of Transition Ministry Form went live online January 15, 2021 giving us local and national exposure. In addition, our job posting was listed on the Episcopal News Service which has over 10,000 subscribers nationwide. We also posted the job search on our Facebook page.  Our church website has a section called Rector Search which contains our Parish Profile, a section for Frequently Asked Questions, and the Archive for the Transition Updates.  Complete application instructions are available on the landing page and in the Parish Profile.  If you would like to refer a candidate, please be sure to have that person’s permission before forwarding the name to me at transition@stpaulsps.org. Or you can refer your nominee to the Rector Search section for complete details. The deadline for applications is February 26, 2021.

The Transition Committee asks for your continued prayers and support as we move through this and future steps in the transition process.

With dedication to service,

Clinton L Carbon, Convener

January 15, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

We are pleased to announce the posting of our Parish Profile under the new Rector Search button available at the top of the navigation bar. This new section includes the Profile document, FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), the archive of our Transition Updates and instructions to apply for the position.

If you would like to recommend someone for the position, you can forward the name, with their permission, to the Transition Committee Convener at transition@stpaulsps.org.  Or ask that individual to apply for the position by going to the Rector Search section of our church website to get instructions on how to submit their cover letter, resume and Office of Transition Ministry profile. Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch, Canon to the Ordinary, is accepting applications until February 26, 2021 on our behalf at glynch@edsd.org.

We have also posted this announcement on the Episcopal Church Office of Transition Ministry Database and with the Episcopal News Service.  We encourage you to reach out to others to spread the word and to provide this information to them.

We thank you for your continued prayers and support,

Clinton L. Carbon
Convener, Transition Committee

December 23, 2020

To Parishioners and friends of the Church of St. Paul in the Desert,

I hope this email finds you and yours in good health. This is certainly a Christmas season unlike any other.  It is my pleasure to share details of Transition Committee events and good news of the past several weeks with you.

The Parish Profile and Office of Transition Ministry Form

On Tuesday, December 8, I submitted the drafts of both documents for review by the Senior Warden, the Parish Registrar, and The Canon to the Ordinary. The comments that came back from Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch, Canon to the Ordinary, who is also our diocesan contact, were very supportive and appreciative of the work on our drafts since our initial submissions. She noted a few additional questions to be answered and suggestions of a few changes.  Those questions have been answered and changes made, and both documents were resubmitted to Rev. Gwynn last Friday, December 18.  She will review them again and forward them to the Bishop for review and approval. With the holidays upon us, I have no idea how long this review will take.  Once approval is received, we can then move on to the process of posting to our website. And although this is Christmas week, I will reach out to our Webmaster to schedule a consultation about the posting of the Parish Profile.

Compensation Package for our new Rector

The Vestry received and reviewed the Compensation Package on December 5.  Tentative approvals of those submitted numbers enabled us to complete the Office of Transition Ministry Form.  The motion to formally accept the Compensation Package was passed at the Vestry meeting Thursday, December 17.

There has been a generous and arduous learning curve throughout this process which we began in late January 2020.  The Committee has been able to work steadily through the COVID-19 pandemic by meeting exclusively online and through phone calls. We conducted most of the research in much the same manner, while writing, rewriting, and editing independently and collectively as we allowed the Holy Spirit to guide us toward our next steps. Through your prayers, we have persevered and hopefully produced an honest and thoughtful Parish Profile and Office of Transition Ministry Form.  Once I hear from Rev. Gwynn about the Bishop’s review, I will begin to rework our timeline and it will be published in several ways.

My thanks to the Committee and all of those who have supported us to this stage of the process.  Your continued prayers help us in our work and discernment.  May the peace of Christmas fill your hearts and bring you joy as we look forward to the new year and a new Rector!

Blessings,

Clinton L. Carbon
Convener, Transition Committee

December 13, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

I am pleased to report the Transition teams have completed another round of rewrites and edits of the two documents essential in the listing of our Rector position. Both documents have also been reviewed by the Senior Warden and Registrar, and have been forwarded to our contact at the diocese for what we hope will be final approval. Once approval is received, we will be able to move forward with the posting of the OTM (Office of Transition Ministry) Form on the national website and the Parish Profile on the Church of St. Paul website.

Thanks to your participation and generosity in our funding and Stewardship campaigns, our parish financials are improving, and we are able to demonstrate our solvency to support a full time Rector to the Diocese.  Our next steps will involve a vote by the Vestry to accept the compensation package we will offer with the posted position and a revising of our transition timeline.

Your continued prayers for our parish and the Transition Committee are greatly appreciated.  Please stay safe. Until our next update,

Peace unto you,

Clinton L. Carbon
Convener, Transition Committee

 

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)

October 30, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

As stated in our update of October 9, 2020, we were waiting for our Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) form and our Parish Profile to be reviewed by our diocesan contact. That review has taken place and the documents have been returned to us with edits and suggestions. I have enlisted the aid of our co-chairs and teams to assist me in weighing those suggestions and making the necessary edits. We hope to have them back in the review and approval process by early November.

The documents will once again go through proofing and approvals by the Vestry and Diocese. Once approved, our diocesan contact will publish our OTM form and rector position materials on the national website, while the Parish Profile will be posted on our parish website.

This process, which, by design, is a long one, has been extended even more, due to COVID restrictions on gatherings.  Our sessions for writing and editing documents have been conducted via Zoom and the Transition Committee worked through the summer to complete these tasks. We learned a great deal about the process and the amount of time it can take while working exclusively online. The Committee has worked steadily, prayerfully and through discernment to get us to this point.  Once we have the documents published, we will know better how to adjust our next steps and will post a new timeline in the near future.

We appreciate your understanding, continued prayers, and support.

Respectfully submitted,

Clinton L. Carbon

Convener

 

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)

October 9, 2020

The drafts of the OTM (Office of Transition Ministry) form and The Church of St. Paul in the Desert Parish Profile have been submitted to our diocesan liaison for comment and edits.  Once the drafts receive final approval, we will move to the posting stage on the OTM website and our parish website.

Clinton L. Carbon

Convener, Transition Committee

 

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)

August 12, 2020

The Transition Teams have been busy creating final drafts of both the Parish Profile and the Office of Transition Management Form. These documents will be critical as we move forward through the Rector search/selection process.  Both contain considerable, in-depth information that will help introduce our parish to future Rector candidates. After the draft documents are finalized by the Transition Teams, they will be reviewed by Vestry leadership and Parish Administration, and then passed along to the Diocese for approvals.  It is a lengthy and deliberative process. We ask for your continued prayers.

The Parish Profile and Search Process Teams


A Gift of Prayer for Transition from the Daughters of the King: Almighty and ever living God, hear our prayers for this parish family. You renewed us during Advent to receive Christ’s presence and You are preparing our parish for a renewed mission and vision. We thank you for the leadership of our interim rector, our Vestry and the members of our Transition Committee. We invite you, Holy Spirit, to guide and empower us and our Transition Committee as we begin the tasks of choosing a new rector for this parish. Grant that these servants become faithful companions to each other, to the vestry and to this Parish. We pray that you grant all of us the wisdom and discernment to choose a faithful pastor, who will help us continue to share the abundant life of Jesus Christ. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

July 13, 2020

This outline was used first in March, 2019 during a Vestry retreat, and was revised in January, 2020, following much good work by St. Paul’s, and during the diocesan staff transition from The Rev. Dr. Laura Sheridan-Campbell, Director of Formation and Transition to The Rev. Canon Gwynn Lynch, new Canon to the Ordinary.  Following the January 25 Transition Committee retreat, Canon Gwynn is guiding the leadership of St. Paul through the completion of their call of a new rector.  This revised outline reflects progress to date, as well as revisions of the process moving forward.  Dates are approximated and are subject to revision and adjustment as needed.

Phase I – Lay the Foundation

April 7, 2019: Departure of Andrew and Susan Green

May 2019: Interim Rector Called

November 2019: Search begins for Transition Committee

November 28, 2019: Committee Called

January 26, 2020: Committee Commissioned

December 2019: Budget for Call Process Established

Phase II – Embrace Transition

January 25, 2020: Transition Committee Retreat

February 2020: Communications Sub-Committee Established

March 2020: Selection of File-Sharing System

March 7, 2020: Listening Session #1

March 8, 2020: CAT Survey through March 28

May 1: Email Listening Session #2 through May 22

Phase III – Search Process

April 1 – June 30, 2020: Parish Profile and OTM Written

June 2020: Diocesan Business/HR Review

July 31, 2020: Parish Profile and OTM posting on Diocesan Website

August 1 – September 15, 2020: Applications Received

September 22-29, 2020: Discernment for Video Interviews

October 5-9, 2020: Video Interviews

October 12-16, 2020: Discernment for In-Person Interviews

October 21- November 11, 2020: Candidate Visits

November 12, 2020: List of Finalists presented to Vestry at Vestry Meeting

December 1, 2020: Senior Warden issues a Call

Phase IV– Thank Interim, Welcome Rector and begin new chapter

TBD: Final Details to begin Immediately after the Call is made

June 26, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

The Transition Committee has been working steadily to keep our search for a new rector moving forward. COVID-19 has had an impact on all organizations and as such our timelines have had to be adjusted.  The Committee has met using Zoom meeting technology in order to move the work forward. I am pleased to report that we completed the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) in late March, and the Parish Listening Sessions in May. This mailing contains the Executive Report from Holy Cow! Consulting, and the compiled Summary Report of the In-Person/Email Listening Sessions for your review.  A parish CAT Review Session scheduled after we are back having services and activities within the guidelines of social distancing.

Before you begin to read the CAT Executive Summary, please bear in mind:

  • The data from this survey is not the end of our conversation, but the beginning.
  • Holy Cow! Consulting has worked with over 600 congregations of all faiths and when congregation comparisons are made it is not an exclusive Episcopalian pool.
  • This survey looks at the pattern of responses based on two types of drivers or focus:
    • 1) Satisfaction with your church experience
    • 2) Energy (or Excitement for worship/programs)

The Listening Sessions Report is a compilation of the two events (one in person and via email) held to hear the voices of our parish. The raw data collected has been edited into a summary of each question.

View the Executive Summary
View the Report Summary

Information from both documents will be used to inform the completion of our Parish Profile and our Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) form.  The profile provides potential candidates with concise information about our church and community.  The OTM form provides standard information required of any parish in transition and will be posted by the diocese to the National Episcopal Church secure, password protected OTM site for prospective candidates.  We are prayerful to have both completed and approved by Vestry and the Diocese by the end of July 2020.

The timeline of our work is posted in the Transition Update Archive

Your prayers are encouraged and appreciated,

Clinton L. Carbon
Convener, Transition Committee


From the Search Process Team

The process of seeking and calling a pastor to serve a congregation is one of discernment. For Christians, the goal of all discernment is seeking the will of God in each situation. The call process therefore seeks to know God’s will for the future mission and ministry of a congregation and who God chooses as pastor and shepherd for that ministry. It is God who chooses. It is the work of the Call Committee, the Vestry, the congregation, the priests interviewed and the Office of the Bishop to discern God’s choice and the Spirit’s leading.
Excerpted from Discerning God’s Will: The Basics of Discernment for Call Committees and Church Councils by the Rev. Thomas L. Weitzel (p. 1)

June 12, 2020

Parish Profile Status

The Parish Profile Team is presently focused on preparing the Profile for Vestry review.  We have completed several sections and are working to incorporate the CAT and other parish survey responses, as well as collecting photographs and developing our format.  You can find directions for submitting pictures of parish activities below.

Photo Request

The Parish Profile Team of the Transition Committee is calling for photos of church events and parishioner groups at services and other occasions for possible inclusion in our Parish Profile.  Here is the link to upload photos into our folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ckEFdJaSmJ_8NNkl-JRC0wkTpjPDNrzcDeadline for submissions is June 30.  Once photos are uploaded, please send an email to Mary Mann to identify which are yours.

Contact Mary (Parish Profile Co-Chair) at 775.527.8963 or email (maryhpmann@gmail.com) to identify your photos, ask questions or if you are having problems with Google Drive.

From the Search Process Team

The process of seeking and calling a pastor to serve a congregation is one of discernment. For Christians, the goal of all discernment is seeking the will of God in each situation. The call process therefore seeks to know God’s will for the future mission and ministry of a congregation and who God chooses as pastor and shepherd for that ministry. It is God who chooses. It is the work of the Call Committee, the Vestry, the congregation, the priests interviewed and the Office of the Bishop to discern God’s choice and the Spirit’s leading.
Excerpted from Discerning God’s Will: The Basics of Discernment for Call Committees and Church Councils by the Rev. Thomas L. Weitzel (p. 1)

Revised Transition Outline Timeline

The original outline without dates was used first in March 2019 during a Vestry retreat, and was revised in January 2020.  This revision now includes dates to reflect work past and present.

Phase I – Lay the Foundation

April 7, 2019: Departure of Andrew and Susan Green
May 2019: Interim Rector Called
November 2019: Search begins for Transition Committee
November 28, 2019: Committee Called
January 26, 2020: Committee Commissioned
December 2019: Budget for Call Process Established

Phase II – Embrace Transition

January 25, 2020: Transition Committee Retreat
February 2020: Communications Sub-Committee Established
March 2020: Selection of File-Sharing System
March 7, 2020: Listening Session #1
March 8, 2020: CAT Survey through March 28
May 1, 2020: Email Listening Session #2 through May 22

Phase III – Search Process

 April 1 – June 30, 2020: Parish and Office of Transition Management Profiles Written

The teams continue to meet bi-weekly via Zoom. The future dates of Phases Three and Four will be released as soon as those dates are confirmed. A printing delay for the CAT and Listening Session reports will cause both to be mailed to parishioners on June 19, 2020.

Respectfully submitted,
Clinton L Carbon, Convener, Transition Committee

May 15, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

The Transition Committee hopes this communication finds you well as we continue social distancing and life away from our beloved Church of St. Paul in the Desert. We want you to know we are thinking of each of you and, because of you, the work continues.  We write to you today because we need your assistance.

On March 7, 2020, we held our first and only Parish Listening Session. Our plans to hold two additional sessions were halted by the arrival of COVID-19. It has been our desire to hold those additional sessions but as we watch time march on, we feel we must find another way to get the information we are lacking. By using a familiar form of technology such as email, the committee has reimagined the Listening Session into a different format.  In this version, you are asked to read and respond to each of these five questions via email.  The questions are:

1. Who are we as the Church of St. Paul in The Desert?

2. Who are our neighbors?

3. What is God calling me to do right now?

4. How can our soon-to-be-Rector help us do what God is calling us to do?

5. What else is in your heart that hasn’t been shared?

These are the same five questions used at the first session. Your responses combined with the responses we have previously collected will provide us with the wider pool of data we need to write our Parish Profile. We encourage our winter guests and members to contribute your thoughts and ideas. To members who participated in the first session, we thank you for your time and the comments from that session have been collated.  If you have questions, you may consult with other church members or you can send your question(s) to Clinton Carbon, Convener, at transition@stpaulsps.org.

You have three weeks to submit your responses via email to transition@stpaulsps.org. Put Listening Session in the subject line.  All submissions must be received by midnight May 22, 2020.  Your responses will be kept anonymous and all traces of identity will be removed before the committee works with the data.

We appreciate you taking the time to complete this task. On behalf of the Committee, I thank you for your continued support and prayers as we seek the person God has called to be our next Rector.

God’s Peace,

Clinton L Carbon, Convener, Transition Committee

April 8, 2020

A Gift of Prayer for Transition from the Daughters of the King: Almighty and ever living God, hear our prayers for this parish family. You renewed us during Advent to receive Christ’s presence and You are preparing our parish for a renewed mission and vision. We thank you for the leadership of our interim rector, our Vestry and the members of our Transition Committee. We invite you, Holy Spirit, to guide and empower us and our Transition Committee as we begin the tasks of choosing a new rector for this parish. Grant that these servants become faithful companions to each other, to the vestry and to this Parish. We pray that you grant all of us the wisdom and discernment to choose a faithful pastor, who will help us continue to share the abundant life of Jesus Christ. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Transition Committee would like to thank those parish members who participated in the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) survey and our Listening Session, both completed in March.  We appreciate your willingness to contribute and your openness to the process during this unprecedented time in our lives.  The exact numbers of participants are not available as of this writing, but we will share them when we have them.  We were pleased by the strong surge in participation as we approached our March 28 deadline.  We thank the Vestry members, the church office staff, and you, the parishioners, who helped spread the word about our Transition activities.  Soon, we plan to release a report of the first Listening Session and share how those parishioners who were present contributed their thoughts and aspirations for our church and community.  For those of you who were unable to participate in the March 7 Listening Session, we hope to have at least one more session, in some format, sometime soon.  It is important for us to have as many member voices as possible represented in our analysis.

The disruption of the process by the coronavirus outbreak has made it hard for the two teams to maintain their traction.  By using technology, we have refocused ourselves and have begun to meet regularly via Zoom video and audio conferencing.  Our immediate tasks will be to process the CAT report, continue to gather demographic, historic and organizational information on our parish and surrounding community, begin writing our Parish Profile, complete materials for the posting of the position on the Diocesan website, and prepare for the interviews to call our next Rector.  While there is still much to do, we have a path – and the resolute support of this parish and the diocese. The work of the Transition continues.

If you have questions about the Transition, please direct them to our email address:  transition@stpaulsps.org.  We will continue to share information here on the church website and by using other means of communication.  Please check back often for updates.  Previous posts may be seen by clicking the link below.

Wishing you all good health, safety and the Peace of the Lord during this Lenten Season!

The Transition Committee

Clinton L. Carbon, Convener

April 1, 2020

The Transition Committee would like to thank those parish members who participated in the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) survey and our Listening Session, both completed in March.  We appreciate your willingness to contribute and your openness to the process during this unprecedented time in our lives.  The exact numbers of participants are not available as of this writing, but we will share them when we have them.  We were pleased by the strong surge in participation as we approached our March 28 deadline.  We thank the Vestry members, the church office staff, and you, the parishioners, who helped spread the word about our Transition activities.  Soon, we plan to release a report of the first Listening Session and share how those parishioners who were present contributed their thoughts and aspirations for our church and community.  For those of you who were unable to participate in the March 7 Listening Session, we hope to have at least one more session, in some format, sometime soon.  It is important for us to have as many member voices as possible represented in our analysis.

The disruption of the process by the coronavirus outbreak has made it hard for the two teams to maintain their traction.  By using technology, we have refocused ourselves and have begun to meet regularly via Zoom video and audio conferencing.  Our immediate tasks will be to process the CAT report, continue to gather demographic, historic and organizational information on our parish and surrounding community, begin writing our Parish Profile, complete materials for the posting of the position on the Diocesan website, and prepare for the interviews to call our next Rector.  While there is still much to do, we have a path – and the resolute support of this parish and the diocese. The work of the Transition continues.

If you have questions about the Transition, please direct them to our email address:  transition@stpaulsps.org.  We will continue to share information here on the church website and by using other means of communication.  Please check back often for updates.  Previous posts may be seen by clicking the link below.

Wishing you all good health, safety and the Peace of the Lord during this Lenten Season!

The Transition Committee

Clinton L. Carbon, Convener

March 29, 2020
Planning Our Future Together

You should have already received an email giving you the link to the CAT (Church Assessment Tool). Please set aside a 30-minute time period so that you can complete the CAT in one sitting. We need to hear from you. Your input is critical as we move forward through the process of selecting our new rector and planning our future.

Here is the link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stpauldesertpalmsprings

Paper copies are available for those of you who do not have a computer or are uncomfortable with the online process.

We want to stress again that we need your input. And remember – your answers are anonymous. There is no way to match any assessment to an individual respondent.

The link will continue to work through this coming Saturday, March 28.  If you completed a paper survey, that survey should be returned postmarked no later than Saturday, March 28.

Questions? Contact Gary Scott (gkscott2000@gmail.com; 760.218.3180) or Clinton Carbon (transition@stpaulsps.org)

Many thanks,
The Transition Committee

March 15, 2020
Planning Our Future Together

You should have already received an email giving you the link to the CAT (Church Assessment Tool). Please set aside a 30-minute time period so that you can complete the CAT in one sitting. We need to hear from you. Your input is critical as we move forward through the process of selecting our new rector and planning our future.

Here is the link to be copied to your browser:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stpauldesertpalmsprings

Paper copies will be available after Saturday and Sunday services March 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd for those of you who do not have a computer or are uncomfortable with the online process.

We want to stress again that we need your input. And remember – your answers are anonymous. There is no way to match any assessment to an individual respondent.

Questions? Contact Gary Scott (gkscott2000@gmail.com; 760.218.3180) or Clinton Carbon (transition@stpaulsps.org)

Congregation Listening Sessions Scheduled this Week

We have scheduled the following Listening Session options. If you missed our first session, please plan to attend one of the following: Thursday, March 12, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM; or, Friday, March 13, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Both will take place in the Parish Hall. NOTE: You must be able to stay for the entire two-hour session. We request that you RSVP with your name(s) and day of attendance to: transition@stpaulsps.org.

After the Congregation Listening Sessions

WHAT COMES NEXT?

Meet with the Transition Committee
for an Update and Q&A.
Sunday, March 15, 9:15 AM
St. Paul’s Library

Many thanks,
The Transition Committee

March 8, 2020
Planning Our Future Together

Recently, we introduced the Church Assessment Tool (CAT), an online instrument that will help us gauge strength, vitality and trends in our Parish. In the next few days you will have a chance to share your personal St. Paul’s story when the CAT becomes available. We need to know how you think and feel about your experiences at St. Paul in the Desert and what your hopes for the future are. We are asking for about 30 minutes of your time to help shape the future of our church. Every person’s opinions are important, and we need to know yours. It’s critical that we hear from both year-round and seasonal worshipers. Be assured your responses are absolutely anonymous. There is no way to match any assessment to an individual respondent. (If you prefer a paper copy, we will provide one for you.) Questions? Contact Gary Scott (gkscott2000@gmail.com; 760.218.3180) or Clinton Carbon (transition@stpaulsps.org).

Congregation Listening Sessions Scheduled this Week

Selection of our next Rector begins with YOU! Listening Sessions provide an opportunity for all parishioners – both year-round and seasonal – to contribute their voice. We want to hear from YOU to gather information that describes the breath, depth, unity and diversity of the Church of St. Paul in the Desert. This is your chance!

We have scheduled two more Listening Session options. If you missed our first session, please plan to attend one of the following: Thursday, March 12, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM; or, Friday, March 13, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Both will take place in the Parish Hall. NOTE: You must be able to stay for the entire two-hour session. We request that you RSVP with your name(s) and day of attendance to: transition@stpaulsps.org.

After the Listening Sessions

WHAT COMES NEXT?
Meet with the Transition Committee for an Update and Q&A.
Sunday, March 15, 9:15 AM
St. Paul’s Library

Many thanks,
The Transition Committee.

March 1, 2020
Planning Our Future Together

Last week we introduced the Church Assessment Tool (CAT), an online instrument that will help us gauge strength, vitality and trends in our Parish. In the next few days you will have a chance to share your personal St. Paul’s story when the CAT becomes available. We need to know how you think and feel about your experiences at St. Paul in the Desert and what your hopes for the future are. We are asking for about 30 minutes of your time to help shape the future of our church. Every person’s opinions are important, and we need to know yours. It’s critical that we hear from both year-round and seasonal worshipers. Be assured your responses are absolutely anonymous. There is no way to match any assessment to an individual respondent. (If you prefer a paper copy, we will provide one for you.) Questions? Contact Gary Scott (gkscott2000@gmail.com; 760.218.3180) or Clinton Carbon (transition@stpaulsps.org).

Congregation Listening Sessions Coming Soon

Selection of our next Rector begins with YOU! Listening Sessions provide an opportunity for all parishioners – both year-round and seasonal – to contribute their voice. We want to hear from YOU to gather information that describes the breath, depth, unity and diversity of the Church of St. Paul in the Desert. This is your chance!

We have scheduled three Listening Session options; please plan to attend one of the following: Saturday, March 7, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM; Thursday, March 12, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM; or Friday, March 13, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. All will take place in the Parish Hall. You must be able to stay for the entire two-hour session. We request that you RSVP with your name(s) and day of attendance to: transition@stpaulsps.org

Many thanks,
The Transition Committee

February 23, 2020
Planning Our Future Together

Last week in this space we introduced the Church Assessment Tool (CAT), an online instrument that will help us gauge strength, vitality and trends in our Parish. In the next few days you will receive an email message containing a link to the CAT. From March 9 – March 28 you will be able to go online, click on the link and complete the Church Assessment Tool survey. The information you provide will be vital as the Vestry and the Transition Committee move forward through the process of selecting a new rector and for strategic planning at all levels.

The survey will require about 30 minutes to complete and you must plan to finish it in one sitting. (You won’t be able to leave it and then go back later to finish.) For those of you who do not have a computer or are uncomfortable taking surveys online, paper copies will be available as you exit the church after services on March 15 and March 22.

Your feedback will be anonymous. There is no way to match any assessment to an individual respondent, so please share your perceptions, opinions and experiences candidly. Our future together will benefit from your honest participation.

Questions regarding the CAT should be directed to Committee Member Gary Scott at gkscott2000@gmail.com or 760.218.3180. If you have general transition-related questions, please contact Clinton Carbon, Transition Committee Convener, at transition@stpaulsps.org.

Many thanks,
The Transition Committee

February 13, 2020
Planning Our Future Together

As we continue to move forward with our transition process, we invite you to participate by completing the Church Assessment Tool (CAT), an online instrument that will help us gauge strength, vitality and trends in our Parish. The information gathered will guide us as we make decisions about the future of St. Paul’s.

In the next few days you will receive an email message containing a link to the CAT. From March 9 – March 28 you will be able to go online, click on the link and tell us about your experience with St. Paul’s and your ideas regarding our future priorities. If you prefer, you can complete the survey using a paper copy. The forms will be distributed after services at both major church exits March 15 and 22. Please do not discuss the survey or your answers with others as this may influence their responses.

Your feedback will be anonymous. There is no way to match any assessment to an individual respondent, so please share your perceptions, opinions and experiences candidly. Our future together will benefit from your honest participation.

Questions regarding the CAT should be directed to Committee Member Gary Scott at gkscott2000@gmail.com or 760.218.3180. If you have general transition-related questions, please contact Clinton Carbon, Transition Committee Convener, at transition@stpaulsps.org.

Many thanks,
The Transition Committee

Transition Update 02/05/2020

After a successful retreat January 25, 2020 and a commissioning at the Annual Meeting on January 26, 2020, both teams of the Transition Committee have begun preparing for the Congregational Assessment Tool better known as the CAT. In addition to logistics, there are forms to complete which provide our parish demographics to Holy Cow Consulting. The CAT has been used in over 3000 churches, big and small across the country and has a track record of accurately assessing the vitality of congregations.

Holy Cow comes highly recommended by the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.

The CAT is a customizable assessment instrument that helps us do the following:
• Measure the level of satisfaction and energy in our parish
• Identify the critical success factors for improving parish climate
• Discover where parishioners would like to go in the future
• Gauge readiness for change
• Uncover potential resources we may be missing
• Prepare for a search for our next rector

For the next three weeks, you will hear and receive announcements about how and when to begin using the link for your input into the online version of the CAT. For those who do not have access to a computer or do not feel comfortable completing the survey online, announcements will have information where you can pick up a paper copy of the CAT and how to return your completed form. No names are necessary, and your answers will be completely anonymous. One link will be issued per household and can be used multiple times. The survey should be completed for each parish member 16 years of age or older.

We invite your prayers for the parish as we discern our individual responses. Each voice will be valued and will help reflect the most complete vision of The Church of St. Paul in the Desert.

Thank you!

The Transition Committee
Clinton L Carbon, Convener

Transition Committee Update 01/16/2020

Committee Co-Chairs met with the Convener and Vestry Wardens to discuss plans for the upcoming Transition Committee Retreat.  This organizational retreat will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 for all Transition Committee members and Vestry. Diocesan staff members will also attend with resource materials and best practices to share with the group.

The entire committee will be presented and commissioned during the Annual Meeting on January 26, 2020 right after the special 9AM All-Parish Eucharist.  We look forward to your presence and future participation, and ask your prayers for the Transition Committee, the Vestry, the potential candidates, our parish and the Diocese throughout this process.

– Clinton L Carbon, Convener

Appointment of Transition Committee (12/4/19)

The Vestry of the Church of St. Paul in the Desert has created two teams from the pool of twenty-seven (27) congregant applicants to work in concert as the Transition Committee. This group represents a breadth of personalities, gifts, leadership styles, viewpoints, open hearts and minds, and commitment to our community’s mission and vision. The committee’s charge is to assist the Vestry in the process leading to the call of the ninth rector of our parish. It is the Vestry’s canonical responsibility to call a new rector. The teams are The Search Process Team and The Parish Profile Team.

Parish Profile Team

Stan Bisho – Co-Chair
Brian Blueskye – Editor
Julee Collins
Craig Ewing
Andrew Foote
Lena Granet
Mary Mann – Co-Chair
Dale McGhee
Gary Scott
Roberto Thais

Rector Search Team

Dee Dee Barton
Hap Blaisdell
Alexis Clark
Brian Evans
Tom Lutgen
Audrey Spencer – Co-Chair
Rick Tinsley
Russ Uthe
Ed Walsh – Co-Chair

Team members will attend a required retreat to be held Saturday, January 25, 2020 (time and place to be decided). The full Transition Committee will be commissioned into a confidential, covenantal relationship with the parish supported by the corporate and private prayers of the congregation. Commissioning will take place during an appointed service (date and time to be decided).

Clinton L Carbon, Transition Committee Convener
Peter Di Carlo, Senior Warden
Bro. John Charles Westaway, Junior Warden