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St. Brigit Community in Transition

July 1, 2019
For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11


Please pray the following Prayer for Transition of Clergy Leadership as part of your daily devotions:

"Almighty God, giver of every good gift, look graciously on your Church and so guide the minds of those who shall choose an Interim Priest and a Vicar for this congregation that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen"


I continue to read and learn about churches in transition. In a recent article by Ben Simpson, a Baptist minister, he talks about how MINISTRY MUST GO ON.

“Notice what the Great Commission does not say - “Go therefore and make disciples….if you have a pastor.”  Pastor Simpson continues, One church that I used to work with lost their pastor. When I’d call their lay leaders about a ministry opportunity their answer was always, “Well, you see, we don’t have a  pastor right now”…. Ministry opportunities must continue in the interim. The Great Commission doesn’t include any conditionals.

Does ministry become a bit harder without a pastor leading? Probably so, but if that person was a good pastor, the congregation will be equipped ( Ephesians 4:11-12) "for the work of the church to make sure ministry continues.”

How fortunate we have been at St. Brigit. We have been blessed and equipped by not only Felicia but by the supply priests who have been faithfully attending to our Sunday worship, and by the many congregants who have continued the work of our church every day, every week through participation, planning and just plain hard work.  Do you know that we have several new families and individuals who have come to St. Brigit in the past few weeks?  Your faithfulness in welcoming them and helping them feel at home brings the passage from Ephesians to life. Bless each and every one of you….our ministry opportunities abound as our St. Brigit family grows and flourishes!

God’s Peace,  Peg Nelson, Bishop’s Warden


Ann Fleming, Missioner for Transition, notified the Bishop’s Committee Community  that applications for the position of Vicar at St. Brigit closed on June 30th. Following the closing, Bishop Kym Lucas and Ann Fleming will vet the applying candidates and determine if any are appropriate for being interviewed by the St. Brigit BCC. Please do not ask the BCC members for the names of candidates as they will NOT know the names themselves until the actual interview time is established. AND, even then, they will not be able to talk about or name the candidates.  The BCC members have entered into a confidentiality agreement with the Diocese and will only be able to relate a name or names when they are allowed to do so. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


On June 20th, the BCC participated in a workshop using the answers to the Vitality Survey, the questions/answers submitted for the Portfolio produced by the writing committee, the brainstorming from Dream Big, and discussion among the BCC members.

Based upon the Vitality Survey, it was felt that in the majority of areas surveyed it was clear that St. Brigit is a STABLE community. Therefore, in this process, we do not need to be looking for a priest that will “dig us out of hole” but, a person who can lead us positively forward into the future.

The discussion was lively, heartfelt, open with thoughts and feelings.  Not everyone agreed on everything, however respect, love, and prayer brought the group into agreement….we believe we have a way forward now as we begin the process of interview training with Ann Fleming and actual interviewing of candidates.  


The BCC  will meet with Ann Fleming to participate in Behavioral Interview Training.   Ann has provided a training manual and with each person reading through the manual, we should be able to have our questions for her  ready which will decrease the amount of time we will need to spend in the actual training. Most trainings are 4-5 hours and with our schedules and hers, we hope to only meet for 2-3 hours.


This is God's Church and we are in God's hands and that's a really good place to be!
Our mailing address and phone are:
St. Brigit Episcopal Church
110 Johnson St., Frederick, CO 80530

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