Submitted by call committee members: Troy Bradley, Rick Collin, Erinn Dosch, Shirley Hanson, Kari Knudson, Jim Neumiller and John Wangen.
You may be wondering what the call committee at Charity has been up to these past months. Here is a quick update for you. Our first call of duty was in March when we met with the Vision Council and staff members under the direction of LCMC’s Pastor Steve Lien. This workshop was very informative and gave us a good sense of how we will be calling a pastor. We received a binder of information on the process of calling a pastor.
In April, we met with the Vision Council to kick off the call committee process. The council gave us information on where they had been, where they were at, and what expectations they saw for the future. Right after that meeting, the call committee met and decided to begin work on assessing the congregation to gain input from the people the new pastor will be serving. We met again in April to continue the discussion of assessment. Churchwide forums were held on April 23, and members of the congregation had the opportunity to meet the call committee members and ask questions about the process thus far.
In May we met to review what had been shared and discussed in the April forum meetings. We also reviewed our call committee binders. We discussed the following needs: prayer for discernment, appointment of chairperson, secretary, and administrative leader within our group, a budget, putting a packet together and a video for potential candidates, and doing an assessment from our congregational members. We also decided to interview staff members who will be on staff in the fall as to what they see in a new pastor. Later in the month, we met again. At this time, it was decided who would interview which staff member – having two call committee members present at each interview.
June brought us to interviewing staff members and reporting on each interview at the two meetings we had. We also started a list of possible candidates that people from the congregation bring to us. Throughout this whole time, congregational survey questions were a topic of oral and email conversations.
The committee met once in July. We went over the questions for the congregational survey. We agreed the survey needs to happen in September and only last 10 days, so it doesn’t drag out. We will have the survey on the webpage and set aside two Sundays/Wednesdays to have people submit surveys online using laptops. We will also have paper surveys (not to be taken home) to fill out during the time of the 10-day window. The call committee reviewed the questions to narrow it down to six. The questions went to the vision council for review. We talked through what we need to hear from the congregation and what we compiled from the staff to give us a clear vision in our search for an associate pastor. The committee appointed Troy Bradley to be our chairperson. He will be our liaison with the vision council. He will attend their meetings or appoint someone to attend in his absence. He will be the “go-to” person for all correspondence with vision council.
Since that time, we met in August, and have begun working on drafting our call based on the associate pastor job description given to us by the Vision Council. We have been comparing what several other churches have presented for similar type positions, to best represent ourselves. With this information and the results of the congregational survey, we will continue to draft questions for our interview process. We are also sending one or two representatives to the LCMC convention in Minneapolis Oct. 9-10, with the intention of meeting one or two potential candidates during a special session for Pastors seeking a call.
Throughout this whole time, we have had a representative from our committee at Vision Council meetings. We open and close our meetings with prayer and devotions. We pray for the Lord’s will to be known and for us to follow His will in calling our new pastor. Please uphold our committee and our meetings in your constant prayers. We welcome your input and suggestions. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have been wearing name tags during church service to identify ourselves as members of the Call Committee in case you wish to visit with us about any questions or concerns you have about this process as we move forward.
from various vision council members, call committee members, staff and guests during Charity's time of transition.