Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is Joe leaving? What is God’s purpose in this?
A: As Joe explained in his announcement, there is a time and season for all things. Throughout the Bible, we have many examples of God raising up leaders for His time and His purpose. As Christians, we are told that the Church is one body, the Body of Christ, and God has given us different gifts for His time and purpose--Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “For everything there is a time and a season” and 1 Corinthians 3:7-8 tells us that “…some plant, some water, and God gives the growth.” While we will miss Joe, the Vestry has prayed over this change and accepts Joe’s decision as God’s purpose and timing.
Q: Is this the right time for such a change with the imminent move to our new building? It’s a lot of change.
A: The Vestry prayerfully recognizes and accepts that Joe’s role and time with Church of the Apostles is coming to an end. Joe is filling God’s will in establishing and unifying us in our mission and vision, teaching us how to be a “Church in Community”—meeting the needs of the community around us, operating in the gifts of the Spirit, and discipling others. In addition, Joe’s business acumen has been critical and instrumental in bringing us to the place God has for us as our “Missionary Outpost” for spreading the Gospel.
Now, God is raising up a new Rector to lead us in the implementation of our mission and vision. We need to pray for unity in how and where God will continue to lead us in our mission work and ask him to reveal our role in supporting His Devine Purpose in this change. The Vestry, along with Joe, believes it is important to have the new Rector Coadjutor onboard, if possible, as we move into our new building. Joe will be with us during this time, and there will be a transition period wherein Joe will continue to support us and work with the new Rector Coadjutor (Co-assister). This will present less change for all of us in moving forward.
Q: What is the length of the transition period?
A: Our Diocese is supporting us and has advised us that long transition periods do not serve churches well. In accordance with their advice, we are planning for a transition period of roughly 3- 6 months, once the Coadjutor comes on board. So, Joe will be with us for close to another year.
Q: What is the timeline for bringing the Rector Coadjutor on board?
A: We have a number of good applicants, and it is our hope that the Search Committee will present the vestry with its recommendation in early fall. We also hope that God will open the door for the new Rector Coadjutor to join us close to the time we have the first service in our new building on Lee Highway.
Q: Who is on the Search Committee and what is the Status?
A: Bill Bremmer chairs the Search Committee. Committee Members include: Tyler Aberle, Andrew Burgess, Philip Chakram, Jack Colligan, Bill Collins, Emily Rusch, and Tawnia Wheeler.
We started out with more than 30 applicants and the Search Committee is in the process of narrowing the field. The Committee is looking especially for attributes of openness and leading in three streams commitment in the Anglican Church tradition in full support of the mission and vision that Church of the Apostles is living into. The Search Committee will provide the Vestry with Progress Reports. We have highly qualified applicants within the Anglican community among the applications we have received.
Q: Will there be a change in our current mission and vision?
A: As the job announcement notes, we are looking for someone who fully embraces the culture of Church of the Apostles and who would be Pastor to our congregation and wider community, extending God’s love, grace, mercy, and truth.
The Rector Coadjutor would collaborate with church leadership and work with the leaders of various ministries at Apostles, with the purpose of fulfilling our Mission and Vision. The Rector Coadjutor would be responsible for ensuring that all programs adhere to all Church of the Apostles and Diocesan Policies and that our programs work in accordance with our mission and vision.
Q: What type of person/background are we seeking? Will the new Rector Coadjutor support our Three Streams theology?
A: Our Rector Coadjutor job description states as a qualification and requirement that the candidate must have a commitment to the Three Streams, One Riverexpression of worship, fully embracing these three streams--Sacramental/Catholic, Holy Spirit/ Charismatic, and Biblical/Evangelical—in balance as we worship one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Here are some of the qualifications we are seeking (see job description for complete information):
Strong faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.
Open to the guidance and gifts of the Holy Spirit, anticipating the miraculous works of God.
Great passion for bringing the lost to faith and helping believers to grow in Christ, including an understanding of, or acquaintance with, other faith traditions, particularly of those whom we seek to reach in our diverse surrounding community.
Enthusiastic teacher and leader, able to motivate others.
Ordained to Holy Orders in the office of Priest in the Anglican Church in North America, or be eligible for transfer into the ACNA.
Visionary leader who can shepherd the congregation toward effective, long-term ministry in our new location.
Comfort in engaging people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds.
Ability to work well with Vestry and lead a cohesive team.
Also desired are:
Minimum of 5 years serving in a leadership capacity in a congregational/parish setting.
Strong organizational skills with an ability to delegate responsibilities. appropriately.
Some high school/college ministry experience is desirable.
Foreign language competence beneficial but not required.
Willingness to receive continuing training and coaching.
Q: What does this mean for the Associate/Youth/Campus Pastor position we were planning to fill? And, the funding for this position?
A: The Rector Coadjutor will serve as the overall leader of our campus church and youth ministries as well as worship, discipleship, and other ministries and activities of the wider congregation and local community. (See Job Description)
Funds are available in the 2019 and 2020 budgets to cover Youth and Campus Pastor responsibilities during the 6-month transition period when we will have both Joe and the new Rector Coadjutor on board. We expect our congregation and associated giving to grow in 2020, and commensurate with this growth, we will revisit our budget and funding for a new Youth/Campus Pastor position.
Q: How can we support the leadership of Church of the Apostles during this transition period? It’s a bitter-sweet time for us all.
A: We can be praying over the selection and calling of our next Rector, and we can pray for God to put into this person a deep desire to be our next leader.