Call Committee Update:
The Call Committee is hard at work, taking very seriously our responsibilities on behalf of the congregation to find our next pastor. First and foremost is completing the Ministry Site Profile. This very important document is given to the Office of the Bishop and to prospective candidates to tell them who we are, to help identify candidates and for candidates to decide whether this ministry would be a fit.
We need everyone’s help in letting us know your thoughts about our congregation’s life, personality and future direction. Conveying an accurate picture of our church community, our “feel”, realities and aspirations is important as we prepare documentation for the Office of the Bishop. Please take the time to talk to any of the members of the Call Committee in person, or by email. You can contact team members individually or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be more formal ways to give input to the committee through surveys and focus groups as we move along in the process.
At our last meeting we met (via Zoom) with Bishop Rohrer, who is going to be handling our call process. Our bishop is familiar with CGS and has worked with several of our former pastors over the years. The bishop gave us some thoughts about the process, and the importance of the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) and the information that is provided. It was stressed that congregational trust is vital to the success of the process, and providing the most complete picture of who we are is very important. Again, the Call Committee is looking to members of the congregation to let us know your thoughts about our church life.
How long this is going to take is unknown. The Call Committee is committed to meeting weekly and working hard to gather data and put the Ministry Site Profile together. We do not want to rush the process. Call Committee members want to make sure that we submit a final Ministry Site Profile that accurately reflects who we are and the type of leader that will be best for our congregation. Our goal is to submit the Ministry Site Profile in the beginning of the new year.
Call committee progress updates will be provided on a very regular basis through announcements and bulletin articles. Please use the ways that have been set up to let us know your thoughts, hopes, and dreams. We want to hear from you.
Please pray for us.
The Call Committee
Randy Presuhn, Chairperson
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