OVERVIEW OF THE SEARCH PROCESS
We thought it would be helpful if we gave you a brief synopsis of the search process so that you might have a better understanding of what is going on with the search for our new Associate Pastor.
The committee is comprised of 11 members, one person from each Board and four at-large members. These members are a cross section of the church’s demographic so the congregation is well represented. Our Search Committee consists of the following members:
Rev Meg Watson
Jim Wilson - Rep for Board of Deacons
Bill Boutwell - Rep for Board of Finance
John MacDougall - Rep for Board Trustees
Deb Cutting - Board of Missions
Deb Bartos - Board of CE
Leanne Connolly - Board of Music
- Meeting with Conference/Association Staff
A Search Committee begins its work by meeting with the Conference/Association Minister. The staff person describes the search process to the committee and brings resources to use during their search. Our staff person is Thomas Clough.
A church profile includes a description of the church’s life and mission, as well as the qualities sought in the next pastor. This document is prepared using information from the various boards and committees and data collected from the congregation. Thanks to the Executive Committee’s work last year collecting data from the congregation some of this work was already done for us. This document helps to guide the Search Committee throughout the search.
When the Local Church Profile has been completed your Conference/Association office lists our vacancy in the national document, United Church Employment Opportunities. Click to view
A ministerial profile is a document that a minister completes if they are interested in pursuing a new call. The document gives the committee an idea of the candidate’s qualifications and ministerial background. A UCC Ministerial Profile offers members of the Search Committee the opportunity to read a candidate’s personal faith statement, reflections on ministry, references, employment and educational history, ecclesiastical verifications, salary expectations, and background check information. This is the most time-consuming part of the search process. Each profile is at least twenty pages long and the profiles need to be reviewed thoroughly in order to discern if the candidate is a viable candidate or not. In addition, we often did internet searches and phone calls to obtain additional information about the candidate to aid in our decision on whether the candidate was right for our church or not. If we thought the minister was a possible candidate we then sent them our church profile and other information about our church, and we requested a video of a sermon they have led. After viewing the sermons we were able to narrow down the pool of candidates to the ones we thought were the best fit for our church and the ones we would interview.
Thomas Clough ran us through a practice interview with a minister who had recently gone through the search process. By doing this we were able to develop and refine our interview procedure and process.
We will be conducting a series of interviews with the pool of viable candidates. This will allow us to narrow down the pool of candidates to one final candidate and discuss their Call and Compensation agreement.
The Search Committee will make their recommendation for the new Senior Pastor to Church Council and then offer the call to the selected candidate.
At this point, we will meet with the candidate and review the proposed Call and Compensation agreement. When the negotiations are final and the document ready to be signed on the candidating Sunday, then a mutually agreed upon date for the candidating weekend will be identified.
The Pastoral Relations Committee will meet with the selected candidate before the name is announced to the congregation. This will help make for a smooth transition.
The congregation will be informed of the selected candidate via a mailing which will include background information on the candidate, her/his family, experience in ministry, and educational background. The letter will contain specific information about the arrangements for the candidating weekend and an indication of the start date.
This weekend is a time for “getting acquainted” as well as conducting the formal business needed to meet your bylaw requirements for calling a pastor.
A congregational meeting will be called to present a motion to extend the call and approve the compensation arrangements following the Search Committee report and discussion.
FYI: To see the final report of the 2011-2012 Senior Pastor Search Committee Click Here.
For more information about this Committee click here to see the FCCV Annual Report.
The Committee's report to the Church is included in the main body of the document
and a list of current Commitee members and their terms is at the end.