Search Committee Update
May 1, 2017
Welcome to the Rev. Scott Garno, new rector at St. Stephens! Please bless Fr. Scott and his family, as well as the congregation of St. Stephens as we begin a new phase in our ministries and walk with Christ.
Please also pray for the congregations of Unadilla and Franklin as they begin the process of transition and search for a new rector.
February 19, 2017
The Search Committee/Vestry of St. Stephen’s Church in Delmar is blessed to be able to notify you of our decision to call Rev. Scott Garno as our new rector and his acceptance.
The Search Committee's process was bathed in prayer, scripture study, and mutual respect for one others beliefs and opinions. In our parish profile, the weighted responses from parishioners for what was important for our next rector included pastoral care, expository preaching, teaching, and interpersonal skills. While both of our final candidates were both highly qualified with differing strengths to offer, the committee felt that Fr. Garno's strengths fell easily into the categories that the parish was looking for, and that he could lead St. Stephen's in our continuing walk with Jesus Christ.
Fr. Scott Garno has served as the rector of St. Matthew’s, Unadilla, for almost 11 years. He has also been the priest-in-charge of St. Paul’s, Franklin, since 2011, and for the last 3 years has served as the Spiritual Care Coordinator for Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County. Fr. Scott serves the Diocese of Albany as a member of the Standing Committee, a Spiritual Director for Cursillo, and as a 4 time Deputy to General Convention.
Fr. Scott has a passion for Jesus and for preaching and teaching the word of God. He is a long-time advocate of healing ministry, and has been involved in Diocesan Youth Ministry since before he was even ordained. Fr. Scott has been married to his amazing wife Sarah for almost 14 years and they have 4 children: Josiah, who is with the Lord; Sam who is 10, Maria who is 8, and Toby who is 2 ½.
From Fr. Scott:
Please know you are all in our prayers, and we ask you to keep us in your prayers as we begin the process of saying good-bye to the wonderful people of Unadilla, Franklin, and the Susquehanna valley. We are all excited to meet our new St. Stephen’s family and to start this next chapter in our lives and ministries together.
January 9, 2017
The search comittee's work is winding down.
One important step left is for the priest candidates to come to St. Stephens to meet the entire committee, meet with us, share some time for additional questions and answers, and to give a tour of the rectory, church, and Bethlehem. Please continue to pray for both the search committee and applicants.
December 18, 2016
Please continue to pray for both the search committee and applicants as we move forward with the process and discern God's will for St. Stephen's Church and our next rector.
December 8, 2016
The Search Committee met on 12/6/16 and finished the review of applicants and interview discussions. The next step is to visit the parishes of the priests that are moving to the next level in the process. The goal of the visits is to hear a sermon in person, see how the priest interacts with their congregation, and have a meal or fellowship with the priest and family to get to know them a bit better, answering questions, and discussing St. Stephens and our needs and goals.
Please pray over the next few weeks for Search Committee members who are traveling. Please also continue to pray for the applicants!
November 29, 2016
Phone interviews continue, reference and background checks begin... and the committee members start meeting the applicants and their families in person.
More to come soon....
November 11, 2016
Please pray for the search committee as we begin the interview process with priests interested in coming to St. Stephens. Please pray for the interview team, the Search Committee, the parish, and especially the interviewee priests!
October 27, 2016
The Search Committee met on 10/26/16 and began the review of applicants. The package per applicant includes a resume, spiritual biography, and Ministry portfolio that follows National Church formatting. There are more reviews and applications to come, and the Committee is working hard to review the applications against the needs and wishes of St. Stephen's Church. The important thing to remember that although human minds and hearts are on the Committee, GOD is in the midst of this, and God is "driving the boat" in this process.
October 13, 2016
The search committee is pleased to announce that the period for receipt of applications for the position of Rector is nearing it's end. Review of the applications is already underway, and the committee will update the parish to the appropriate extent as the process continues. Please continue to join the committee in prayer for the success of our search, and please do not hesitate to contact the committee with any questions.
Please ask if you have specific questions about the process.
Update: September 8, 2016
The information regarding our rector search process has been posted electronically nationwide through the national Episcopal Church as noted below. In addition, Trinity School for Ministry and Nashotah House alumni groups have been asked to pass along our information. We have heard from the Diocesan Deployment Officer that there is interest in the position and applications are forthcoming.
Update: August 16, 2016
On August 16th, our survey results, built into a standardized format, including demographics of our church and essay type questions about who we are (OTM Portfolio), was posted to the Episcopal Church Transition Ministry page, as well as on the Episcopal Digital Network.
Next steps: The Diocesan Deployment Officer will begin receiving applications / resumes of priests interested in St. Stephen's and pass them along to us.
If anyone has any questions, please let a search leader know (Annie, Jenn, or Chris)
The SURVEY results are in!
Thank you to everyone who completed a survey about what is important to you in the calling of our next rector. We received 74 surveys from all age groups and not surprising... St. Stephen's parishioners are of the same mind in considering what is most important to us.
Over 66% included the same 6 rector skills!
Bible based sermons, teaching (Christian ed youth included), pastoral care, interpersonal skills, personal relationship with Jesus, and committed orthodoxy received the most “votes.”
This information will help us with our “next step” of filling out our parish profile that will be used for priests wishing more information about St. Stephens and what we are looking for in our next rector.
We’ll continue to update everyone as the process proceeds
On Monday, June 6th, the vestry of St. Stephen's met and officially formed the search committee. Leaders of the Committee will be Chris Cassidy, Jenn Dean, and Anne Mellet
At our first meeting, we met with Beth Strickland from the Diocesan office to review policies, procedures and schedules related to the search. This process will take time.
We want everyone's input.
As new information is available, you will see it here and/or hear via parish e-mail blasts or at church during the announcements.