The Transition Process

The steps we have taken to date in the search for our new vicar are outlined below. We are currently in the search phase (as described on our Transition page).

Small Group Discussions

On Sunday, Dec. 3, the Profile Committee held small group conversations after worship, during our coffee hour. If you have youth group members, their conversation following the sermon on Sunday will be related to our search also.

During this week, the Profile Committee would like you to think about the following questions which will guide our discussions on Dec. 3.

  1. Our new vicar is a person who _______
  2. Our new vicar will expect us to _______.
  3. In five years, St. Hilda St. Patrick will _______.
  4. Describe a high point for you at St. Hilda St. Patrick, when you felt most engaged. Your answer can be about a worship service or an activity outside of worship.
  5. What did the CAT miss that you would like to tell us?

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to approach any member of the committee. Thank you for your ongoing support of this process.


The Church Assessment Tool (CAT)

Recently, you have heard and read about one aspect of this process: The Church Assessment Tool (CAT). This tool will provide a clearer picture of who we are as a church and what directions might be important for our future.

Your response is very important to us. We are asking you to participate in the CAT. You will receive an email with a link to the CAT. We ask that you take the on-line assessment as soon as possible, but before Monday, Nov 20. If you have not received such an email, please contact one of the Profile Committee members.

All answers are strictly anonymous. We have no way of matching any assessment to a particular person, so please feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences.

The assessment will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Please set aside enough time to complete the survey all at one time. Our future together is dependent on your participation and honest answers.

If you have questions about the CAT, please contact Andrea Riseden-Perry or any of the other Profile Committee members.

Andrea Riseden-Perry
Bob Malone
Carol Rypkema
Greg Walrath
Keri Morgret
Valerie Kelley

Congregational Responses

Thank you to all who took the time to respond to our questions posted in the rotunda. About half of our regular attendees wrote a response.
To the question of your favorite thing about SHSP, the responses overwhelmingly centered on the people — our sense of community, our accepting and welcoming nature, our desire to help one another in the church, and in the larger community. Also notable, the Music/Choir programs, and “cookies and cheese”.
To the question about an area for growth at SHSP, most of the responses related to increasing our outreach in one way or another; from more formal programs, to better use of our facility in the service of others, and reaching out to our neighbors actively, both in our immediate area and in the larger community. A few of you mentioned some adding some social activities to our calendar, inclusion of youth, growing our numbers, and a few suggestions for small changes to our worship services.

What’s Next?

The next step involving the whole congregation is an online survey, the Church Assessment Tool (CAT). We hope to launch the survey on Nov. 5, 2017. Watch for more information about how to access the survey and be ready to participate! Your answers are completely anonymous, so please answer honestly to we can have the most accurate data for our profile and subsequent search.
Questions may be directed to any member of the Profile Committee, posted on the old hymn boards as you enter the Fellowship Hall.

Profile Committee Request

The Profile Committee is asking ALL of you to prayerfully think about two questions regarding our congregation:

  1. What is your favorite thing about the St. Hilda St. Patrick community?
  2. What do you see as an opportunity for growth in the St. Hilda St. Patrick community?

Over the next three Sundays, we will gather your answers to these questions on two large posters in the rotunda. You are encouraged to write your responses on the provided sticky notes and place them on to the appropriate poster. The sticky notes method preserves your anonymity, but if you would like to sign your name, that is fine, too.

Remember, this is about our congregation and our future vicar — we all have a voice in this. Please participate prayerfully and honestly!

Profile Committee First Meeting

The Profile Committee (commissioned on Aug. 27, 2017) held our first meeting on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Karen Gusse, the diocesan search consultant, joined us to review the overall plan and help us kick off the process. Over the next several months, the group will be completing a 15-part description of our church community and what we are looking for in a new vicar. As of now, the committee plans to meet about twice a month to further the process. While the effort will be lead by this team, everyone at St. Hilda St. Patrick’s has a role to play. A general survey will be coming to ask your opinion, and you may be approached personally by a member of the team for your input. Since our future vicar is a shepherd for ALL of us, we ask that you participate prayerfully, enthusiastically, and honestly when called.
Top: Bill Plankenhorn, Greg Walrath
Bottom: Andrea Riseden-Perry, Carol Rypkema, Valerie Kelley, Rick Paul
Profile Committee

Profile Committee

Profile Committee

As we enter into the first phase of finding our next vicar, we have selected and are praying for our Profile Committee.  Its members are Rick Paul, Valerie Kelley, Greg Walrath, Andrea Riseden-Perry, Bill Plankenhorn and Carol Rypkema.

Together they will oversee a survey of our congregation members, review the feedback with a consultant from the Diocese, and author a document which tries to paint a picture of who St Hilda St Patrick is; how we feel called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our broader neighborhood; and what traits and experience we are looking for in our next vicar.

The written profile must be an open, honest representation of our church, and it must present a welcoming invitation to others.

Once our profile has been completed and blessed by Bishop Greg, it will be posted to our website and to a search website for interested clergy to see and respond.

At that point we will then enter into our next phase – the Search Committee.

Please join us in praying for our Profile Committee and for each other in the months to come.

In peace and grace,

Michael Rader
Senior Warden