In January 2019, Drew Williams was ratified by the Bishops of the Anglican Church to be Bishop of their New England Diocese. Knowing the call that God has placed on Drew and Elena to be part of His transformation in this area — a passion that is also our mission at Trinity — we celebrate this appointment with the Williams family while acknowledging the extraordinary work God has done through them over 10 years.
A Discernment Team has been formed to prayerfully discern who is the man or woman God has chosen to join the pastoral staff at Trinity: Jill Marchak and Jennifer Meredith (Co-Leaders and Council members), Andrew Barnett (Council), Joy Beckwith, Dave Edwards (Staff Representative), Margaret Simon, Andrzej Skiba, Peter Snedeker.
Ex officio: Rod Bourgeois (Council Chair), Andy Hayball and Ben Valentine (Co-Lead Pastors).
Prayer is the engine and rudder of Trinity Church, the power and direction behind all that we do. We believe it is of the highest importance in this entire process as we seek to understand God’s plan. When we fix our gaze on Jesus, surrender ourselves, and pray in His name, we use the authority of the King of kings.
“Prayer is partnership with God.” - John Eldredge
We invite you to join us in prayer. Would you commit to praying daily for Trinity for the next week? Perhaps set a reminder on your phone to say a prayer at a fixed time each day.
This week, we ask you to pray these words that Jesus used when teaching his disciples how to pray: “Our Father… Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
We want to maintain an open-handed posture, being mindful of Proverbs 3:5:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
Prayerful discernment begins from a place of trust, releasing our decision-making to the Holy Spirit and in turn letting go of our human efforts, expertise, and agendas. This is hard. It involves coming into a place of indifference to everything but the will of God. As Ruth Haley Barton describes it, “This means I am indifferent to matters of ego, prestige, organizational politics, personal advantage, personal comfort or favor… often a death to self is required before we can see God’s will taking shape.” The process takes time, and requires some deep personal reflection and honesty for our church, as individuals and as a church body. We feel confident the Lord will meet us in the exercise and, through it, make us stronger and more unified in Christ.
Our search process will take 4 stages, described below. As we enter each new stage, more detail will be added.
We are in a period of understanding and articulating who God is calling us to be as a church. Our hope is that the discernment process will be a journey of discipleship for our whole congregation, not simply a task for a committee. This period will involve assessing our existing strengths and capacities, and understanding where there is need for other complementary gifts and strengths. There will be opportunities for everyone to engage, including an all-church event planned for March when we will gather as a body to consider together Trinity’s DNA — our beginnings, where we are now, and God’s plan for our future. This entire process will be one of seeking to understand through prayerful discernment what God is leading us to in the next decade. Our hope is to complete Stage One by Easter 2019.
Key dates: Sunday, March 17 — “Heart & Soul Sunday”
Pray for the Discernment Team and join them in reflecting on Isaiah 43:5-6,19: "Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
Attend “Heart & Soul Sunday” on March 17th
The Discernment Team will use Trinity’s professional connections and network to attract and draw in potential candidates and conduct preliminary screening calls and interviews. We will bring together what we have learned in Stage One to produce a deep understanding of the pastor we are looking for.
This will involve a refinement of our candidate pool and the proposal of one or more candidates to the Council, who will make the final decision.
This will be the welcome and integration of our pastor. His or her first 12 months in the new role will be critical and will require support and grace from the whole Trinity family. Join us in praying now for God’s preparation of this future season.