Thank you for your patience as we gathered up our momentum and put this search train back in motion. We have been busy this summer reviewing resumes, listening to sermons, and interviewing candidates. Our process has continued to be good and our team has remained faithful. I am so grateful to them.
Fortunately, there were a handful of lead pastor candidates whom we asked to engage in the search back in February and their response was "now is not a good time." Well, the funny thing about this search being started back up is that now IS actually a good time for these candidates, which has helped move things along. Additionally, we have found a few good candidates through the open search process.
With that being said, Nate, Lindsay, and Steve met with two candidates in the last 2 weeks. We are still needing additional time with these candidates ourselves so we aren't in the "final" stage yet, but we feel really good about the candidates we have in the process.
We do not know how quickly this will all go, however, we are experienced enough to know that Gods plans are not always ours, so we are being faithful to the process and prayerful about each step. I know you are praying too because we feel it and are grateful.
Also, I am happy to report that the search team for the Minister of Creative Arts and Worship position had their first meeting last week. The team includes Betty McLarty, Bob VandenBrand, Karen Donker, Leslie Kole, Matt Abbot, Ryan Faber, Lindsay Small, and Nate Schipper. It is being led by Linda Milanowski and plans to do the following:
September 24: post the worship leader position on our website and other sites
September 30 and October 7: conduct listening sessions for congregational input (an online form is also available)
Various members of the search team will make their way around in a few small group settings, such as the Worship Team and Youth Group.
Review applications and conduct interviews
Assuming we find the right candidate, the goal is to fill the position by the end of this calendar year. Please pray for the worship leader search team. Specifically, that they might have listening ears to hear direction from the congregation and from the guidance of the Holy Spirit, for applicants to come forward, and discernment, with unity, in decisions.
In the meantime, Erin Vander Stelt has agreed to be our 8:30am interim worship leader and Pastor Lindsay and Pastor Nate are continuing to seek an interim worship leadership for the 10am service.