Transition and Discernment at Christ Church

A season of celebration and discernment.

A season of celebration and discernment

Our rector, the Rev. Tim Safford, announced this past spring that he would retire from Christ Church in March of 2022, and the months ahead will hold celebrations of his impactful ministry at Christ Church.  At the same time, building on work done in the past two years of strategic planning and assisted by the Diocese of Pennsylvania, the Strategic Planning Committee of the Christ Church vestry is guiding internal preparations for the season ahead.  As we move into fall, the committee and vestry are accepting applications for discernment for the position of interim rector, toward calling someone to serve once the current rector departs next year.  Concurrently, they continue to reinforce and support staff, programs, and leadership.   The job posting and information on applying can be found here.

From the Strategic Planning Committee: "One of the most important aspects of our parish's upcoming leadership transition is to pray that God will shepherd our community through the process.  We encourage everyone to pray for God's guidance as our community enters this exciting phase.  For those who prefer to pray on their own, here is a prayer to guide you that is also reprinted in our weekly bulletin.  If you're interested in being part of a prayer group focusing on this prayer, please contact our office for more information:

God of love, in this season of change, we pray for our parish community, that we may be genuine in our self-reflection, vibrant in our commitment, patient in our discernment, loving in our communion, joyous in our celebrations, imaginative about our future, and daring in our faith.  As we enter this time of change with excitement, we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love. We thank you for the gifts, talents, and skills with which you continue to bless us. We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment. Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another. All this we pray, empowered by the love of Jesus Christ. Amen."