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