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