In March 2014 the Holy Cross Search Committee conducted a survey of the parish to assist in the process of discerning the hopes and dreams of the congregation in finding a new rector to lead us. The congregation has almost 500 active members of all ages. There are 200 active households, 80 of which have children living at home. The survey, which was available on-line and in hard copy, drew 142 responses. The distribution of respondents by the length of time they have attended Holy Cross indicates a congregation with a good mixture of new arrivals and “old hands,” many of whom have been attending Holy Cross since near the time it was founded.
The results of the survey clearly indicated that Holy Cross is an attractive church, as many respondents indicated they shopped around before settling on Holy Cross as their church home. From a list of choices for “why you attend Holy Cross,” the top responses were that the Holy Cross community is welcoming, nice, and supportive and that the rector and the style of worship drew people in. These responses point to the fact that Holy Cross lives up to its mission statement, to be a welcoming place of worship for all travellers on the journey of faith.
Why parishioners attend Holy Cross
What brought parishioners to Holy Cross
When asked “what do you seek in a rector?” the respondents made it clear they are looking for a great preacher and communicator who can develop a strong, supportive congregation and can lead Holy Cross as it continues to grow its programs and ministries.
What we Seek in a Rector
See more parish survey results here.