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* 1. What areas of ministry do you feel are the most important for the rector to provide strong leadership for? (rank 1-11)

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* 2. If you added an "other" to the above question, please specify here or add any additional comments.

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* 3. Outreach
Context: 

Transfiguration is currently actively supporting the Peace Pantry at Hillsdale High School and recently supported Christmas donation projects in partnership with Epiphany, San Carlos. 

In the past we have supported a variety of organizations:

-Lenten/Christmas projects (SF General neonatal, CORA, Caminar, Second Harvest)
-Samaritan House (Sandwich Sunday)
-Home and Hope
-Feeding the 50,000/meal packing event
-San Mateo Pride

We also hosted:

-concerts (Masterworks, New Millenium Orchestra, individual recitals)
-Snow Day

And provide below-market space rental for support groups, cultural education programs, and choral groups.

How much emphasis do you feel Transfiguration currently places on these types of outreach projects?

Very little to no emphasis, I was not aware of these projects A lot of emphasis, they are central to our identity
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* 4. In what ways are you most likely to participate in future service projects? 


  not likely somewhat likely likely very likely
contributing financially
volunteering time
leading/coordinating
physical labor
attending an event (march, demonstration, etc.)

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* 5. What types of outreach issues are you most passionate about? (check your top 4)

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* 6. How much emphasis should Transfiguration place on these types of outreach projects in the future?

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* 7. Part 2: Growth
Context:

Pre-COVID, Transfiguration was averaging about 100 people in church on a Sunday, with a pledge base of about 65-70 pledging units (families, couples, individuals). Our 2021 current pledge base is 56 pledging units. These numbers have remained relatively constant for the past 10 years, with about 25% turnover every few years (some members leaving the area or the church, new members coming in).

While larger churches have a greater financial (and volunteer) base and can offer a wider range of programs and worship times, smaller churches have the advantage of being closely-knit communities where everyone knows everyone else and potentially has a personal relationship with the rector.

What size church should Transfiguration aim to be in the future?


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* 8. What are the advantages of that size church for you personally?

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* 9. Knowing that some rebuilding of the congregation will be necessary following COVID, how would you like to see the future rector stimulate the growth needed to reach and/or maintain your ideal size? (please select 2-3 to mark as most important and 2-3 as less important)


  More important Less important
welcoming ministries/newcomer events
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Family ministry
enlivening worship (different styles, times, etc.)
deepening spirituality/faith of existing members
outreach/social justice action
pastoral care to those who come in need
active relationship with preschool
marketing/social media presence

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* 10. Part 3: Diversity

Context: The first sentence of the previous parish profile described Transfiguration as a “diverse” community. 

Do you agree with this description? 


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* 11. What kind of diversity does our current membership embody? (check all that apply)


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* 12. What aspects of the diversity of its surrounding community would you like to see better reflected in Transfiguration in the future? (check all that apply)


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* 13. How can we be enriched by our neighborhood/community? Should we actively build relationships with other organizations or associations (for example, community organizations or other churches)?

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* 14. How can we enrich our neighborhood/community?

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* 15. Part 4: Liturgy and Spirituality


How important are these aspects of  liturgical practice to you?  


  very important important less important not important
creativity in use of physical space (e.g., moving pews)
creativity in use of communal art projects
improvisation (e.g., improvised Eucharists during retreats)
use of dramas, pageants, tableaus
liturgical flexibility (varying types of services, music)
liturgical consistency (knowing what to expect each week in terms of style of worship)


liturgical formality
sung/chanted liturgy
gender-neutral and/or gender-expansive language
a Rite I service (more traditional language)
incorporating resources in addition to the Book of Common Prayer (e.g., New Zealand Prayerbook)
a contemplative service without music
organ music
other instrumental music (piano, guitar, strings)
Joyful Noise/Godly Play
all-parish combined services
midweek services (e.g., Morning Prayer, meditation)
lay participation (actively recruiting a varied group of parishioners to be involved in different ways)
youth participation (including youth in the liturgy and making the service accessible to youth)

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* 16. What type of preaching style do you prefer in a rector? Please check all that apply.

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* 17. What type of relationship do you hope to have with our future rector?

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* 18. Part 5: Transfiguration Early Learning Center
Transfiguration's decision around opening an early learning center onsite have important implications for the skill set we will need in a new rector. Please help us gauge the congregation's interest in and priorities for this venture.

How important do you feel it is to have an early learning center (preschool) onsite at Transfiguration?

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* 19. If you feel it is important to have an early learning center, please rank your priorities for the mission of the center.

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* 20. For "other" responses, please specify here, or add  any additional comments about the early learning center plans:

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* 21. If there is an early learning center onsite at Transfiguration, how important is it to you that it have an Episcopal identity?

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* 22. Please use the space below to offer any additional thoughts on our search not captured in previous questions.

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* 23. Demographics
What is your age range?

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* 24. How long have you been a member of Transfiguration?

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* 25. Do you have children under 18 who currently attend Transfiguration?

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* 26. Please share your name if you feel comfortable so that we can track who has responded. If you would like us to follow up with you personally for more feedback, please also indicate the best way to contact you (email, phone, text).  If you prefer to remain anonymous, that is also completely fine.

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