Last week your Call Committee held "office hours", with times in the
morning, afternoon and evening. We didn't have any callers, though
one household let us know they intended to call but missed the time.
But there's a silver lining to this. At least the committee members
had some really good conversations with each other!
When we meet as a committee, we're very focused on discerning the
needs of the congregation, rather than our personal preferences.
So these calls were a chance to talk about qualities
we personally like to see in pastors, even if those aren't necessarily
qualities that seem to have much general appeal at CGS.
The conversations were illuminating, both in how they revealed the
diversity of preferences among call committee members, but also in
the differing expectations regarding what CGS might *not* like.
What qualities would you like to see in our next pastor? Not
wishful-thinking "they'll make X, Y, and Z happen", but rather
the skills, personality traits, and attitudes they will need.
Likewise, are there any qualities that you see as potentially
problematic, things that would react in unhealthy
ways with the culture and context of this community?
It's even helpful to know what you consider unimportant. For example,
one might say that substantial financial expertise isn't a requirement
for a pastor at CGS, because we already have breadth and depth of such
expertise among our active members.
So please, talk to us!
Randy Presuhn (chair), Adolfo Ramirez, Julia
Tranchina, Paul Thomas, and Sarah Janigian.
Christ the Good Shepherd
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