As our church plans for the future, the Vestry invites ALL those involved in the parish community to share their expectations for our mutual ministry and their perceptions on how these expectations can best be carried out. The survey is intended for all those 16+ years of age participating either in-person or remotely in our parish community of worship.

This survey is entirely anonymous. We are not collecting your name, email address, or other personally identifiable information. Please answer all questions as thoroughly as you can. Honest feedback from you will help make our rector search as effective as possible. 

A note about COVID: a few questions are specifically pandemic related, but for all other questions please answer as you would pre- or post-pandemic. 

SECTION ONE: ABOUT YOU

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* 6. I have frequently attended a midweek service:

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* 8. Has COVID changed your engagement with St. Francis and/or your faith permanently?

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* 9. Ethnicity:

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* 10. I identify as:

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* 13. What is the highest level of education you have completed?

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* 14. Occupational status: (Check all that apply.)

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* 18. I have children or dependents living at home (one response per family, please):

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* 19. My children regularly participate in church life:

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* 22. What first brought you to St. Francis? (Check up to 3.)

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* 23. Why have you continued coming to St. Francis? (Check as many as apply).

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* 24. Indicate your current involvement in the life of the parish: (Check as many as apply).

SECTION TWO: The Ministry of Our Church

For each of the following statements, tell us how important they are to you and how well you think St. Francis has addressed them.
SECTION THREE: The Ministry of Our Priest

For questions 37 through 41, rate the following pastoral specialties. How important are each of these categories to you as St. Francis' considers a new rector?

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* 37. Teaching:

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Youth Work: Ability to inspire youth and incorporate them in the full life and ministry of the church.
Teaching: Ability to help persons of all ages understand and live the Christian Faith.
Christian Education: Ability to lead in the design and implementation of comprehensive programs of Christian Education.
Evangelism: Ability to train and lead persons to proclaim by word and action the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to invite others into Christian fellowship.
Ecumenism: Ability in programs sponsored inter-denominationally or jointly by a number of churches.
Spiritual Guidance: Ability to lead and encourage others in the formation and development of a deeper spiritual life.

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* 38. Pastoral Support:

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Home Visitation: Ability to provide regular pastoral care through visiting church members in their homes.
Pastoral Care: Ability to care for people so that they are nurtured and equipped for growth within the community of faith.
Crisis Ministry: Ability to provide pastoral care by responding to people at significant points in their lives, e.g., death, dying, sickness, birth, trauma, success.
Counseling: Ability in a counseling setting to assist persons facing problems or decisions. (This specialty should only be used by or for those who are trained and certified.)

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* 39. Parish Growth and Management

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Administration: Ability to manage the affairs of the congregation including programs, organizations, finances, etc.
Church Growth / Development: Has experience reshaping or restarting existing congregations or planting new congregations.
Transition Ministry: Ability to provide trained leadership to congregations or organizations in change or at critical points in their life and ministry.
Stewardship: Ability to lead in the development and use of individual and congregational resources.

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* 40. Community Outreach

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Social / Community Ministry: Ability to enable persons within the congregation to become aware of and participate in community concerns.
Outreach Ministry: Ability to equip and serve the community of faith in ministry to persons in need within and beyond the congregation.

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* 41. Worship

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Theology: Ability to demonstrate and impart a disciplined understanding of biblical and historical revelation and the perception of God’s activity in the world.
Preaching: Ability to preach with clarity and to make the Gospel relevant in people’s lives.
Liturgics: Ability to plan and conduct liturgical services of corporate worship.
Music Ministry: Ability to support congregational ministry through music, e.g. lead, inspire, perform, compose, train, coordinate.
SECTION FOUR: Other Areas of Importance
For questions 42 through 44, enter your additional comments and feedback in the fields below.

Reminder: this survey is entirely anonymous. We are not collecting your name, email address, or other personally identifiable information. Your honest feedback will help make our rector search as effective as possible.

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* 42. Would you like to make any additional comments about the desired attributes of our new rector?

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* 43. Is there anything about the St. Francis parish you would like to add?

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* 44. Is there anything you would like the Profile Committee, Search Committee or Vestry to know?

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