Private: Rector Search

November 29, 2015

The Rector Search Committee invites nominations from the congregation and friends of the congregation of clergy to be considered for our rector position.  Nomination forms are available in the nave, the parish hall, and the church office.  You can also download the form here and either return it to the church office or mail it to

Rector Search Committee
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
113 South 9th Street
Oxford, MS  38655

All nominations are due in the church office by Sunday, December 20, 2015.


November 12, 2015

The Parish Profile has been sent to the Vestry, Canon David Johnson, our consultant, and Bishop Seage for approval.  As soon as we are able to move on to the next step in the process (nominations) we will send out an email and make announcements at services.

The Rector Search Committee is hosting a “Coffee Hour” on November 29th in the parish hall from 10:00am – 10:40am.  You are invited to come have coffee and chat with committee members and have a look at the Parish Profile and the Parish Video that Joe York is producing.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Much Peace,

Liza Mallette

Rector Search Committee, Chair


October 1, 2015

Thank you to all who attended the Parish Survey Results Adult Forum this past Sunday.  We had great interest in the presentation and great questions and comments afterward.  The PowerPoint will soon be available on our parish website at stpetersoxford.org under the Rector Search tab.

The Rector Search Committee will use the results to file a portfolio with The Office for Transition Ministry and to create a Profile of St. Peter’s, where we tell OUR story.

Later in the process, we will use the information to help us as we review nominees,  interview candidates, and discern a finalist.  For more information about the Full Search Process, please take a handout from the Vestry bulletin board.

Please keep the Rector Search Committee and our parish in your prayers.

Much Peace,

Liza Mallette, chair


Join us Sunday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m. in the parish hall for the adult forum.  The committee will present the results of the recent parish survey.  We look forward to sharing this information with you.


Follow this link to the parish survey.  It will take about 15 minutes to complete and once you start it, you must finish it.  The deadline to complete surveys is September 1st!


September 1, 2015

Dear St. Peter’s Family,

By the time you read this, the Rector Search Committee will have had two meetings and a joint retreat with the Vestry. We are in the process of searching for the next great Rector of St. Peter’s!

Our Search Consultant, the Rev. Canon David Johnson, Canon to the Ordinary, provided us with the Diocese of Mississippi’s A Manual for Congregations’ Transition Processes. Outlined and detailed within it are the specific steps for the Full Search Process. The process is described as “an orderly means by which the Search Committee and Vestry may facilitate the movement of the Holy Spirit in their discernment of call.” Well said!

There are eight steps in the Full Search Process. In the first two steps (which have been completed) the Vestry is in control – Transition I and Formation. Then the baton is handed over to the Rector Search Committee (RSC). We are currently in the Self Study step, where parishioners are asked to complete the parish survey. Using your answers to the survey questions, we compile the Office of Transition Ministry Portfolio and the Parish Profile. The RSC is currently working on portions of these two documents while we await the survey results.

The next step will be securing nominations of priests. As with the parish survey, there will be a three week window of opportunity for parishioners to make nominations. (You will see more about this when the time comes.)   While the RSC will be in open communication with the parish about the process, this is the point at which the specifics of the process become confidential.

These confidential next steps are Study/Review of nominees and Interview/Discernment of candidates. After the RSC recommends a priest to the Vestry, then the Vestry regains control of the search process. Their last two steps in the process are the Call and Transition II – where we will welcome the next great Rector of St. Peter’s!

Much Peace,

Liza Mallette

Rector Search Committee, chair

*If you would like more detailed information about the eight steps, a “hand-out” is available on the Vestry bulletin board, or you can download it here.


August 20, 2015

We had a fruitful joint retreat with the Vestry, led by our Search Consultant, the Rev. Canon David Johnson, Canon to the Ordinary, at the Gray Center last Friday and Saturday.

One of the first things we did was use a modified version of the African Bible Study Method to discuss 1 Samuel 16:1-13.  I recommend this scripture reading to you for reflection on discernment – God’s versus our own.  We also saw a presentation about the dynamics of various church congregation sizes.  It was so informative, that we’ve asked Canon Johnson to present the material at our Adult Forum on September 13.  He also got us started on our Office of Transition Ministry portfolio questions.  This is an instrument used by the National Church to match priests with parishes.

Thank you to those of you (128!) who have already completed the parish survey.  If you haven’t answered the questions yet, here is the link.  We want your input.

Please keep us in your prayers.

Much Peace,
Liza Mallette
Rector Search Committee, chair


August 12, 2015

Dear St. Peter’s family,

One of the first steps in the process of searching for a rector is to get a sense of how parishioners feel about the parish.

Follow this link to the parish survey.  It will take about 15 minutes to complete and once you start it, you must finish it.  (There is no way to save it and come back to it later.  You would have to start from the beginning.)

We also have hard copies available for those parishioners without Internet access.

Please take time to prayerfully consider your responses.  Your input will help determine who is called to be the next great Rector of St. Peter’s.

Much Peace,

Liza Mallette

Rector Search Committee, chair