Update: Thursday, 1/20/2022
How’s the search going? Find anyone yet?
Since our committee was formed in Nov 2020, we haven’t felt that any of the applicants have been qualified enough to proceed to the interview stage. We’ve had informal Zoom conversations with four individuals in order to get to know them better and ask followup questions about their resumes, but none of them met the standard of our job description. We’re still searching.
How have you been looking?
We have ongoing postings on all major ministry job boards and websites. Over the past year, we paid for nine month’s worth of advertising services, and continue to advertise through unpaid services. Although responses are less frequent, we receive and review a few resumes per month.
Have you tried anything else?
We’ve met with a consultant several times and continue to be engaged with him. He has given us good feedback concerning our process and alternative approaches that we’ve been able to use. Because of his extensive network, he spoke with several he believed could be a good fit, but none chose to apply. He reminded us that other churches are also looking for lead pastors.
Pastor Chris is retired…now what?
The work must go on! Currently, the Senior Pastoral Team established for our three English pastors to serve as the Lead Pastor for four months in turn, or until a new Lead Pastor is hired. While this arrangement fills the position temporarily and provides training and exposure for our current staff, the purpose is not for the Search Committee to audition or evaluate the pastors to determine fitness as Lead Pastor. The Search Committee prays along with the rest of the congregation that God will continue to guide our current pastors and give them wisdom.
Have we considered any of our pastors for the position?
Our search process is open to considering our pastors should the Lord lead them to apply. If they do apply, they will be considered using the same evaluation process as all applicants.
What can I do to help?
Please lift up our English pastoral staff members as they fulfill the lead pastor position during this time. Pray for patience and God’s leading as we wait. We’re still trusting in Him to provide the right person at the right time