An Update from the Discernment Team

In late June and over several weeks in July, the Discernment Team conducted a survey of the parish to understand what we value, what we appreciate in clergy, and what our vision for the future is. The goal of these efforts is to represent our parish accurately to prospective rectors so that we find the best fit for us.

At the time of the meetings, we presented the highlights of each small group’s discussion. Now we have re-read all 55 surveys and have built this more complete picture of St. Peter’s.

What We Value

  • Faith-centered community
  • Strong sense of community, friendship, and support
  • Welcoming and comfortable environment
  • Youth programs
  • Outreach
  • Faith-based growth programs (in-house, e.g., Bible studies)
  • Faith-based growth programs (external, e.g., Faith Alive)
  • Worshiping through music
  • Milestone celebrations

What We Appreciate in Clergy

  • Supports parishioners in life events
  • Encourages growth in faith
  • Knows and understands parishioners
  • Sermons that are relevant, understandable, and thought-provoking
  • Encourages ministry of laity
  • Connects with youth
  • Shares faith openly
  • Approachable
  • Enjoys being involved in all aspects of parish life
  • Accepting of all lifestyles

Our Vision for the Future

  • Refreshed youth programs
  • Parish growth
  • Refreshed music to include more contemporary music
  • Increased outreach
  • More faith building programs
  • Increased social events
  • More inclusion of young families
  • Acceptance of all lifestyles
  • Increased use of technology and social media
  • Increased involvement by all members of parish
  • Alternate worship times