Sunday May 22
At its April 19th meeting, the church council received an update from the Call Committee on its difficulty in locating and interviewing Associate Pastor Candidates with experience in Youth & Family Ministry. As a result of this report, the church council voted to call a Special Congregational Meeting for Sunday, May 22 at 11:30 a.m., immediately following the second service. The purpose of this meeting will be to inform the congregation of the challenges the Call Committee has faced in this process, to discuss what we have learned from the Synod about the challenges we will likely face locating other candidates in the future, and to discuss and vote on whether to allow the Call Committee to expand the candidate search to include non-ordained candidates, which would give the Call Committee and the Council the greatest flexibility to locate the best candidate for our congregation.
Because of the length of time required to schedule a special congregational meeting, the council also voted to direct staff, the Call Committee, and Executive Committee to begin advertising for both ordained and non-ordained candidates to fill this position. No interviews will be conducted, or hiring decisions made until direction is received from the congregation. The intent in advertising these positions prior to the congregational meeting is to allow the Call Committee and Council to act quicker once direction is received from the congregation, since it is the desire of the Council to have this position filled as soon as possible so that the children and youth program planning can begin. Anyone who may have questions regarding this process should feel free to contact a member of the Call Committee, Council, or President Jay Swanson, or Vice President Kevin Shoeberg.