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St Luke's ~ praying, caring, sharing

Elaine Hill and Martin Sheppard, St Luke's representatives in the process of appointing our new Vicar, have reported to the PCC and to the congregation that the interviews on the 2nd October did not result in the appointment of any of the three candidates.

They made the following statement to the PCC and congregation:

On Friday afternoon, as part of the interview process, the panel was able to eliminate one candidate quite quickly and unanimously, which left two candidates.

The panel were divided over those two, although Elaine and Martin were in complete agreement with each other.

It was agreed that those two candidates should be invited back for a second interview in order to explore particular questions with each of them, and so on Monday afternoon (the 5th) the Archbishop rang the two candidates and invited them to Bishopthorpe Palace at 4.00pm this Sunday (the 11th).

One candidate then withdrew due to a particular commitment in their own parish on Sunday afternoon which they did not feel able to walk away from. This candidate contacted Martin and Elaine by email and explained this, and the regret with which the decision to withdraw had been made.

This left one candidate standing, and shortly after that Elaine and Martin let it be known that they were not prepared to appoint that candidate.

The Archbishop then stopped the process for a period of reflection and a new process will start at a time of his choosing.


Please continue to pray for all those involved in the appointment process, and for all those continuing to bear the additional responsibility for St Luke's life, work and worship during the continuing vacancy.



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