St. Mark's Rector Search Survey
INTRODUCTION
This survey is your first opportunity to participate in our rector search process. We want to hear where you believe God is calling us to be and what gifts or skills you envision for our new rector. Please take a moment to respond to these 28 confidential and anonymous questions. It may take 10-20 minutes to complete, depending on your thoughtfulness. Your responses will be a key piece in the search process and will give a potential rector a sense of our congregation.

When answering questions with a limited number of choices, please choose the answer that comes closest to the right answer for you, even if it does not fit perfectly.

You do not need to include your name anywhere on the survey (unless you want to be contacted by the committee). We want to guarantee the confidentiality of your individual answers. We want as many as possible to participate in the survey. Please complete one survey per member in your household (as age appropriate).

1. Please let us know how important each of these characteristics of a rector is to you.
Very important
Somewhat important
Not too important
Not important at all
Energetic
Personable/Outgoing
Great Sermon Content and Delivery
Prior experience as a Rector
Prior work experience not as a Rector
Confident - strong personality
Sense of humor
Accessible
1a. Please add below additional characteristics of importance.
Your answer
2. I prefer a rector who is
3. Please let us know how important to you each of these skills is in a rector.
Very important
Somewhat important
Not too important
Not important at all
Possessing strong management and organizational skills
Involves members in planning and leading church activities
Decision making reflects flexibility and respect for members and other clergy
Good Arbiter and mediator of conflicts/disputes
Develops a strong sense of community among members
Develops a strong sense of stewardship in the congregation
Recognized theologian knowledgeable in scripture/theology
Addresses contemporary issues and ideas
Tends to be thought-provoking and challenging
3a. Please add below additional skills of importance.
Your answer
4. Please let us know how important to you each of these activities is in a rector.
Very important
Somewhat important
Not too important
Not important at all
Participant in Diocesan and regional Church activities
Supports the world mission of the church
Gives special attention to Christian education for Youth
Gives special attention to Christian education for Adults
Involved in critical issues of social justice and concern
Visits church members in their homes
Supports people at significant points in their lives (dying, death, birth, sickness, success, divorce, etc.)
Counsels persons facing problems or decisions
4a. Please add below additional activities of importance.
Your answer
5. Under what type of leadership do you best respond? To what degree do you prefer each style below?
Strong dislike
Slight dislike
Neutral
Slight preference
Strong preference
Authoritative (directs others)
Coach (trains others)
Collaborative (works with others)
Delegator (entrusts others)
Empowerment (gives power to others)
6. For each of the following aspects of the service, please let us know how important it is to you.
Very important
Somewhat important
Not too important
Not important at all
Sermons relating Bible readings to real life
Theology-based sermons
Children’s sermon
Special Prayers
Healing
Choir/anthems/solos
Traditional hymns
LEVAS/WLP (newer) hymns
Christmas Pageant
St. Mark's in the Park
6a. Please comment on other aspects of the service that you want to address.
Your answer
7. Are there any changes you'd like to see in the worship music at St. Mark's? (for instance, more acoustic instruments, hand bells, different styles of music, etc.)
Your answer
8. For each of the following social activities, please let us know how important it is to you.
Very important
Somewhat important
Not too important
Not important at all
Coffee hour
Sunday School
Church Community
Youth Participation
Welcoming visitors
Embracing new members
Parish social events
Youth activities
Adult Faith Formation/Education
Shrine Mont Retreat
Joint events with San Marcos
Vacation Bible School
Mission Trips
Bible Study
8a. Please comment on other social activities that you want to address.
Your answer
9. For each of the following characteristics of the church, please let us know how important it is to you.
Very important
Somewhat important
Not too important
Not important at all
Being family Friendly
Current Church size
Church growth
Charity
Visitation to the home bound
Pastoral care to the sick, bereaved, people facing difficulties
Embracing those that society is scorning
Building and Grounds (upkeep)
Parish communications
Supporting the Neighborhood
Outreach programs (UCM food pantry, Nurturing Parenting Program, Angel Tree, Loaves & Fishes)
Community involvement (VIC, VOICE, other)
9a. Please comment on other characteristics of St. Mark's that you want to address.
Your answer
10. What first attracted you to St. Mark’s? (select all that apply)
11. What is your age?
12. With what gender do you identify?
13. Marital status:
14. What is the approximate travel distance from your home to St. Mark’s?
15. How many years have you been attending St. Mark’s?
16. Are you so busy (work, family etc) that you often miss church but wish you could attend more often?
16a. If yes, what might St. Mark's do to make it easier?
Your answer
17. Which service do you usually attend?
18. Ritual is the degree of ceremony (high church or low church) we observe in our service. Would you prefer
19. If you have a friend that is not active in the church but you think would be interested, what do you think would cause them to become active?
Your answer
20. St. Mark's is creating enough opportunities for fellowship for me.
20a. If you disagree or strongly disagree, please comment:
Your answer
21. St. Mark's offers stewardship options that fit my talents and abilities.
21a. If you disagree or strongly disagree, please comment:
Your answer
22. The St. Mark’s budget matches the Parish’s values, needs and resources.
22a. If you disagree or strongly disagree, please comment:
Your answer
23. St. Mark's properly reaches out to its neighborhood to engage in the community and welcomes neighbors to join and participate.
23a. If you disagree or strongly disagree, please comment:
Your answer
24. How frequently do you attend St. Mark's?
25. If you once attended St. Mark’s regularly, but are no longer doing so, please share the main reason(s) you are attending less.
Your answer
26. Would you like to see St. Mark’s using technology more in the following?
Yes
No
Services
Music
Our Web Site
Our e-mails
26a. For any yes answers above, please comment on what you would like to see done.
Your answer
27. Would you like to meet with someone on the Discernment Committee? (WARNING: This is an optional question and offers the possibility for further dialogue, but weakens the sense of confidentiality) If yes, enter your name and contact information here:
Your answer
28. Please offer any suggestions for the Discernment Committee: (such as questions to ask; priorities to have; ways to communicate with the parish; etc.)
Your answer
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