Letter from the Co-Chairs of the Search Committee

On June 27th, the Diocese of Chicago posted St. Augustine’s Rector Search documents and began receiving applications for our new rector. This is an exciting and important time for us, as we discern the future into which God is calling our parish and the person who, with the Holy Spirit, will guide us. We are humbled by this commission and thank our church family for their trust.

Our search committee is made up of a cross-section of our parish. Across our parish, some have called St. Augustine’s home for over 30 years; some joined the church within the last few years; former Catholics and former Evangelicals serve alongside cradle Episcopalians; Millennials and Boomers, singles and grandparents, gay and straight, conservatives and progressives, high church and low, we are St. Augustine’s. As our committee journeys together through this process, we aspire to be guided together by the Spirit and we are humbled by the task and its importance to our future. The search committee will begin reviewing applications and scheduling interviews in late summer. We thank you for your patience and trust as we continue our work.

We also ask that you pray with and for us:

God of all time and seasons, we ask your presence and blessing on the Rector Search Committee and upon us during this time of transition; that we may listen to you and to one another as we discern your call in the life and ministry of this congregation and readily go where you lead us. We ask this in the name of Jesus who walks with us and bids us follow, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Joy Witt & Gray Curchin

More about St. A’s can be found in our Parish Profile, available here.

The results of our 2019 Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) Survey are available here.

Our Mission and Parish History are available here.

Rector Search Committee: Joy Witt, Co- Chair, Gray Curchin, Co-Chair, Susan Barry, Becca Cacayuran, Dave Carley, Cecelia Daspit, Charlie Davis, Tina Haight, Peter Sandstrom, Linda Walker, Becky Wright

Our Diocese

The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is led by Bishop Jeffrey Lee and has 123 member congregations, spreading from Lake Michigan on the east, to the Wisconsin border on the north and the Iowa border on the west. The Diocese is known for its leadership initiatives designed to support congregational vitality. To this end, the Diocese focuses its energies on four key programs: The College for Congregational Development, Fierce Conversations, and Project Resource. The Nicholas Center, located on the fifth floor of the Diocesan office building in downtown Chicago, provides classroom space and accommodations for these programs as well as other leadership events.

To apply for this position, please complete the Clergy Information Form for Transitions found on the diocesan website: https://episcopalchicago.wufoo.com/forms/m1poxgz40cwsj2w/

For more information about this position, please contact the Rev. Andrea Mysen, Director of Ministries, at amysen@episcopalchicago.org or 312.751.4203.

Timeline & Progress

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Currently Targeted             Status             Task                                                   

March 10 – April 7 Complete          CAT survey

April 28 – May 12                Complete          Small group discussions

April 25                                 Complete          Diocese presents/interprets CAT results

April 11 to May 31               Complete          Website preparation

June 27                               Complete          Launch national search for new Rector

August 30                           On Track           Tentative application deadline

Late Aug – Early Sep          On Track           Review and selection of next round interviews

September                              On Track          Telephone and internet video interviews

October                                   On Track          Selection of final candidates

October/November               On Track          In person interviews, location travel, private services

End of November                  On Track          Presentation of final candidate to Vestry