Dear Bethesda Family,
Since May, your Vestry has been working through the steps to identify Bethesda’s next full time Rector. We are pleased to share with you our work so far and to ask for your continued support and participation.
First, we have been meeting regularly with Canon Licia Affer who manages transitions in the Diocese of Southeast Florida. In June, we identified and called upon The Reverend Bob Dannals to lead our parish as interim Rector. His wisdom and deep experience should help ensure a smooth and successful transition.
The Vestry’s next critical task is gathering your input utilizing a parish survey known as the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT). This confidential, online survey will help us collect your perspective and expectations of the church and a new Rector. Your consolidated responses inform our parish profile which is a key step in the search process.
Please set aside 20-30 minutes to answer the questions before August 15th. We need everyone’s participation and are relying on you to share your personal views. It does not matter if someone else in your household has taken the survey; we ask you to complete it too. The survey will be reliable only if we have ample representation, so your engagement process is critical to the success of our Rector search.
If you have any questions, contact Tierra Harper in the church office at (561) 655-4554 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can provide you with a paper survey or with the link which you should have also received via email from the church.
Concurrent with the administration of this survey, the Vestry will be calling the Discernment Committee, also known as the Rector Search Committee. We expect to announce the committee membership by the end of August. One of the committee’s first tasks will be to review the survey results. The committee will also schedule conversations with the parish in order to hear directly from you prior to writing the parish profile.
Below is a brief timeline which will be explained in more detail in the coming weeks.