Senior Pastor Call Committee Update

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Call Committee Update (5/19/19)

The Call Committee has held video calls with the 10 candidates, and another call is scheduled next week. The Call Committee will complete all video calls before recommending candidates for in-person visits. The Committee will collaborate with the staff and Pastor Merker (our Circuit Visitor) before making a recommendation. The Committee anticipates recommending 2 to 3 candidates for in-person visits.

In early or mid-June, the Call Committee anticipates making a recommendation to the Council of candidates to bring for in-person visits. Once the Council has confirmed the candidates, in-person visits will be scheduled. Due to planned church events and holidays, these in-person visits may take place later this summer than originally envisioned.

During the in-person visits, the candidates will meet with the Call Committee, Council, staff, and others from the congregation. An agenda/schedule will be developed closer to that time.

The names of the candidates scheduled for in-person visits will be provided to the congregation and information about the candidates (bios and links to their current church websites, if available) will be provided to the congregation before the visits. Names of other potential candidates will not be provided at interim steps to anyone outside of the committee due to confidentiality reasons.

After the in-person visits, the Call Committee could choose to recommend a candidate to the Council and congregation, or they could recommend additional in-person visits. Once the Committee and Council agree on a recommended candidate, a congregational call service will be scheduled to vote on this recommendation.

More information about the schedule will continue to be provided as it is available.

If you have questions about the process, schedule, or any other aspect of the Senior Pastor Call Committee plan, please contact the committee members.

Call Committee Update (5/12/19)

The Call Committee has held video calls with the 8 candidates, and calls are scheduled with an additional 3 candidates through late May. The Call Committee will complete all video calls before identifying candidates for in-person visits.

Information about the candidates (bios and links to their current church websites, if available) will be provided to the congregation before in-person visits.

It is anticipated that in-person visits will take place in early June for those candidates that are being considered for the position. Depending on how many candidates are interviewed and how quickly they can be scheduled, a congregational Call Service may take place in June. More information about the schedule will continue to be provided as it is available.

Call Committee Update (5/5/19)

The Call Committee has held video calls with the first 5 candidates, and calls are scheduled with an additional 4 candidates through mid-May. The Call Committee will complete all video calls before identifying candidates for in-person visits.

It is anticipated that in-person visits will take place in late May for those candidates that are being considered for the position. Depending on how many candidates are interviewed and how quickly they can be scheduled, a congregational Call Service may take place in June. More information about the schedule will continue to be provided as it is available.

Call Committee Update (4/28/19)

The Call Committee has scheduled video calls with the first 5 candidates. Three of these took place this past week, and two others are scheduled for next week. Pastor Merker also is following up on several additional candidates with the District.

It is anticipated that in-person visits will take place in late May for those candidates that are being considered for the position. Depending on how many candidates are interviewed and how quickly they can be scheduled, a congregational Call Service may take place in June. More information about the schedule will continue to be provided as it is available.

Call Committee Update (4/21/19)

The Call Committee has started scheduling video calls with the 5 candidates who have indicated they would be open to a call. Pastor Merker also is following up on several additional candidates with the District, so this total may change throughout the interview process.

It is anticipated that in-person visits will take place in late May for those candidates that are being considered for the position. Depending on how many candidates are interviewed and how quickly they can be scheduled, a congregational Call Service may take place in June. More information about the schedule will continue to be provided as it is available.

Call Committee Update (4/14/19)

Pastor Mike Merker, our District representative, has contacted the 13 candidates identified by the District to determine which are available for a call. Of these, 5 have indicated they would be open to a call. Call Committee is following up on several additional candidates with the District, so this total may change before interviews begin.

The next step, reviewing the information about potential candidates, has begun. Through the month of April, the Call Committee will review the candidate information and begin scheduling Skype/telephone interviews with some prospective candidates.

It is anticipated that in-person visits will take place in May for those candidates that are being considered for the position. Depending on how many candidates are interviewed and how quickly they can be scheduled, a congregational Call Service may take place in June. More information about the schedule will continue to be provided as it is available.

Call Committee Update (3/31/19)

The District has reviewed the congregation’s nominated candidates and returned a list of 13 that they recommend considering further. This is a combination of the congregation’s nominations and the District’s new nominations.

Pastor Mike Merker, our District representative, has started the process of contacting all 13 candidates to determine which are available for a call. This is anticipated to be completed by late March or early April.

The next step, reviewing the information about potential candidates, will begin in early April. Through the month of April, the Call Committee will review the candidate information and begin scheduling Skype/telephone interviews with some prospective candidates.

It is anticipated that in-person visits will take place in May for those candidates that are being considered for the position. Depending on how many candidates are interviewed and how quickly they can be scheduled, a congregational Call Service may take place in June. More information about the schedule will continue to be provided as it is available.

Call Committee Update (2/10/19-3/24/19)

The Congregational Profile has been finalized, and is available on this website at www.rlcary.org/about-us/rlc-internal-documents.

The Call Committee is on hold until we receive input from the District on our list of nominations. The next step, reviewing the information about potential candidates, is anticipated to begin in March.

Call Committee Update (2/3/19)

The Congregational Profile and Senior Pastor Position Description have been revised to incorporate changes suggested by members of the congregation. The revised versions were emailed via RCB on Friday, February 1, as part of the weekly announcements from Susan. Thanks again to those who took the time to review and provide input. Please contact Teresa Gresham, if you were unable to download the files via email.

The list of nominated pastors from the congregation has been forwarded to District for their input. The District will narrow this list to those pastors who are open for a call, and also provide a list of additional names they recommend considering. Once we have input from District (anticipated in March), our District representative, Pastor Mike Merker, will contact each candidate to determine which are open to further consideration for the Senior Pastor position at Resurrection.

For questions or input during this process, please contact either Don (919-460-6458, ) or Teresa (919-274-5450, ).

Call Committee Update (1/27/19)

The draft Congregational Profile and Senior Pastor Position Description were emailed to the congregation via RCB last week, and comments were welcomed through this past Wednesday. Thanks to those who read through these documents and provided their comments.

The list of nominated pastors from the congregation has been forwarded to District for their input. The list is included in the announcements.

The District will narrow this list to those pastors who are open for a call, and also provide a list of additional names they recommend considering. Once we have input from District (typically a 2-3 month process), our District
representative, Pastor Mike Merker, will contact each candidate to determine which are open to further consideration for the Senior Pastor position at Resurrection.

Call Committee Update (1/20/19)

The draft Congregational Profile and Senior Pastor Position Description were emailed to the congregation via RCB last week. If you would like to review these documents, please send comments or questions to Teresa Gresham ( ) and Don Martin ( ) by Wednesday, January 23. If you did not receive the RCB email and would like the documents, please contact Teresa.

The list of nominated pastors from the congregation has been forwarded to District for their input. This list includes 25 pastors.

The District will narrow this list to those pastors who are open for a call, and also provide a list of additional names they recommend considering. Once we have input from District (typically a 2-3 month process), our District representative, Pastor Mike Merker, will contact each candidate to determine which are open to further consideration for the Senior Pastor position at Resurrection.

Call Committee Update (1/13/19)

The Senior Pastor Call Committee has completed the draft Congregational Profile and Senior Pastor Position Description. These were emailed via RCB earlier this week. If you would like to review these documents, please send comments or questions to Teresa Gresham ( ) and Don Martin ( ) by Wednesday, January 23. If you did not receive the RCB email and would like the documents, please contact Teresa.

In addition to the 18 new Senior Pastor nominations from the congregation, we also will forward the original list of 7 nominations from last year’s process.

Call Committee Documents for Review (1/8/19)

The Senior Pastor Call Committee has completed the draft Congregational Profile and Senior Pastor Position Description. If you would like to review these documents, please send comments or questions to Teresa Gresham ( ) and Don Martin ( ) by Wednesday, January 23. If you would like the appendices or have trouble opening the documents previously emailed through RCB, please contact Teresa or Don.

Senior Pastor Call Committee Update (12/23/18)

The Call Committee is reviewing the Congregational Profile and Senior Pastor position description. We anticipate sending those to the congregation for review in mid-January.

Thanks to those who filled out the profile survey! We received responses from 180 people. Results were emailed via RCB earlier this week. If you did not receive it or have additional input, please contact Teresa Gresham.

The 18 Senior Pastor nominations from the congregation will be sent to the District in early January (along with the Congregational Profile) to determine which of the 18 are open for a call. For more information about these candidates, please contact Don or Teresa.

Senior Pastor Call Committee Update (12/16/18)

The Call Committee is reviewing the Congregational Profile and Senior Pastor position description. We will send those to the congregation for review before we send to District. The snow storm delayed us a bit, so we will move to this step to early January.

Thanks to those who filled out the profile survey! We received responses from 180 people. This 3-question survey was open through December 12 (we left it open a few extra days because of the storm). We will email results next week. The results will be incorporated into the profile, but also provide terrific input for many others in the church including the Council, staff, and volunteers organizing educational and fellowship events.

We received 18 Senior Pastor nominations from the congregation. These will be sent to the District in early January to determine which of the 18 are open for a call.

Our current schedule (which has been delayed by the snow and Christmas) includes the following milestones:

    • Mid-January: Finalize draft Congregational Profile, send to congregation for review
    • Mid-January: Send nominations to District
    • End of March: Receive input and additional candidate names from District
    • April through May: Identify candidates that appear to be best suited to match RLC’s needs
    • End of May: Telephone interviews with prospective candidates
    • End of June/early July: arrange for visits for candidates that are being considered for the position

 

Call Committee: Don Martin and Teresa Gresham (co-chairs), Nick Cassimatis, Bob Hirt, Sara Kirkendall, Ralph Klevenow, Carmen Madler, Leah Robison, and Gary Roth. For questions or input during this process, please contact either Don (919-460-6458, ) or Teresa (919-274-5450, ).

 

Senior Pastor Search Process

Prepare

  • Church Council will form Senior Pastor Call Committee.
  • Call Committee members educate themselves on church staffing, call process, and ministry challenges.
  • Call Committee reviews ministry descriptions.
  • Call Committee works with staff to communicate process to congregation.

Search

  • Open period for congregation to nominate pastors using official form.
  • Submit ministry descriptions, nominations, and request for candidates to District President.

Discern

  • Call Committee reviews information from District President on potential candidates.
  • Call Committee elevates candidates and conducts initial interviews.
  • Final candidate(s) invited to Resurrection to worship, interview, and meet staff, leaders, and congregation.
  • Call Committee recommends candidate(s) to Church Council.
  • Church Council reviews and recommends candidate(s) to congregation per constitution.

Call

  • Resurrection holds a congregational meeting to consider calling candidate recommended by the Church Council.
  • If the recommendation is received favorably by the congregation, a call is extended to the candidate.
  • Pray and await response from candidate.

Resurrection Lutheran Church Congregational Profile

Senior Pastor Position Description

 

Updated March 28, 2019

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