Minister Search Committee Feb 16, 2020 Update
In addition to meeting each Monday from 8:00 to 10:00 we are meeting on Wednesday evenings as needed from 5:30 to 7:30. There is a substantial amount of work that is accomplished between meetings.
As of Friday, February 14th, 2020, we have received 15 Ministerial Profiles. We are allowing the agreed process for each candidate, as was outlined in detail in the last congregational update.
As of Wednesday, February 12th, 2020, 11 Ministerial Profiles have been read, reviewed, rated numerically, and thoroughly discussed.
As part of this process we have carefully evaluated the information in each candidate's Ministerial Profile, including educational history, experience, theology, preaching ability, talents, skill sets, observations from references, and potential for personal and professional growth. When available, we have also reviewed videos and podcasts of candidate's sermons, as well as other information such as found on Facebook. As we have previously communicated, each of us independently rates each candidate based on the criteria derived from our church profile, survey, and summaries.
As you can imagine, this is all a great deal to consider and the process is further impacted because we are seven individuals who are often quite dissimilar in thinking, experiences, and beliefs, just like our church community. Not surprisingly though, this diversity makes for a better outcome. At times, our individual ratings for a candidate have initially varied greatly. However, as we have followed the agreed-upon process that includes a thorough discussion wherein each committee member shares her or his viewpoints, we have been able to agree on the next step for each candidate. This ranges from sending a letter conveying our interest in the candidate and sharing our Profile Report for their review to a letter thanking them for their interest, but that we do not wish to pursue their application. As part of this process we remain mindful of our UCC tradition and principles, and to the best of our ability remain open to God's guidance.
Because we are using a rolling selection process, we will continue to receive Ministerial Profiles, while simultaneously waiting to hear back from the candidates in whom we have expressed interest. The next step with these candidates, if interest remains mutual, will be to conduct a first interview with them via Skype or similar platform.
We continue to seek God's guidance through prayer, poetry, reflection and discernment.
We will continue to follow our communication schedule to update the congregation on Sunday every two weeks and send out the same message vie email as soon as possible that same week.
Recently, a member shared that she keeps the daily prayer for our church on the kitchen table and prays for our journey to a settled minister every day. We welcome your prayerful support as well. Daily prayer uplifts us now and will strengthen our community once our search has been completed. You can find a prayer card with the following prayer on our bulletin board in the lobby by the front door.