Almighty God, who knows us far better than we know ourselves, look graciously upon us, the people of Emmanuel Chester Parish, and grant us the guidance of your Holy Spirit as we seek to call a new spiritual leader. 


Guide the members of the Search Committee as they labor to be faithful in doing your will. Inspire our conversations, deepen our prayer and bless us all with open spirits, discerning hearts and clear minds as we go through this journey together.


Call to us a Rector who will join Emmanuel in continuing our mission to serve God through outreach, stewardship and prayer, and lead us to meet the challenges of this world. All this we ask through your name, Jesus Christ. Amen.


AUGUST 29, 2020


With God’s help, Christ with us, and empowered by the Holy Spirit…

We, Sandra Bjork and Thomas Mack, Wardens, on behalf of the Vestry, appoint Libby Rice, Chair, Carolyn Spencer Brown, Steve Croker, Sandy Durfee, Joe Goetz, Darlene Housley, Earl McGimpsey, Katie Moulsdale, and Bob Tyson as the members of the Emmanuel Church Committee. We appoint Earl McGimpsey as liaison to the Vestry.


We charge the Search Committee to do the following:

  1. Begin a process of discernment, in consultation with the Office of the Bishop of Easton, which seeks to articulate the mission, vision and ministry of Emmanuel Church, and searches for an individual to present to the vestry for possible election as Rector.

  2. Write a prayer, for use by the Search Committee, all members of the congregation, and for regular use in worship during the time of searching.

  3. Develop a time-line to keep track of progress, and a goal for completion of the process.

  4. Develop a plan and budget for travel and other expenses of the search committee, to be approved by the Vestry.

  5. Keep the people of Emmanuel Church informed of progress by making oral and written reports using all available resources as appropriate. Candidates’ names and other confidential information are not to be mentioned in these reports.

  6. Make regular reports to the Vestry on the progress of the search. Specific information identifying candidates will not be used until the final candidates are presented to the vestry.

  7. Develop an accurate awareness of the current life of Emmanuel Church, including a realistic understanding of where we are (physically and spiritually), what we have been over our history, what we are today – our strengths, weaknesses and how we work as a church, and our challenges and hopes for the future of ourselves and the surrounding local community. Articulate a parish profile that reflects the ministry and vision of this parish. Provide current community and parochial data in this profile.

  8. Discern the characteristics, ministries and gifts required in an ordained minister to enable the mission and ministry of Emmanuel Church to be met, and together, for us to reach our visions of the future. The Vestry believes that this person should have, in life and ministry, demonstrated loving pastoral care, a passion for teaching, dynamic preaching, and a commitment to spiritual guidance in addition to able administration.

  9. Interview and communicate with such candidates who demonstrate capacity to equip us for our ministries in this place. Serve as ambassadors of our parish that we may be clearly and accurately presented to interested persons.

  10. Visit final candidates, virtually or in person, observing ministry style in its context.

  11. Initiate formal background checks on finalists, through the Office of the Bishop.

  12. Develop standards for the selection of the individual whom the Search Committee believes to be the best potential new Rector for our parish. Prayerfully and with the help of the Holy Spirit select at least three (3) excellent candidates to bring before the Vestry for election of the next Rector.