This page provides information and updates from the search committee and about the process of looking for a new Senior/Lead Pastor. Please pray that the Lord would guide us all through this time.

 

Contact the committee: 

Here’s our committee email address for questions, suggestions, or to recommend a candidate:

FirstPresMASearch@gmail.com

 

Or use this easy form to provide input to or ask questions of the Search Committee:

https://forms.gle/QjViUv8Pek2KXaZr6

 

Church Profile/Job Description

With the tremendous work of Rob Joss and finishing touches from Derk Smid, our committee has produced a church profile that includes the job description we send to potential candidates. Take a look! We think this gives interested folks a good idea of our community and region and of who we are as a church.

 

Updates: 

We sent a Thanksgiving letter on Friday, November 18, as our regular monthly update. We also announced the dates for office hours on Sundays November 27 and December 4. If you have questions or thoughts for our committee, or would just like an opportunity to chat with a couple of us, please sign up or come by. (The link is also provided in the letter attached above and in the current FPC News emails). 

 

Our October letter was emailed last Friday. If you didn’t receive the email and would like to, please contact the church office and they can add you to the distribution list. We also make a few paper copies if you’d prefer to pick one up at church.  We are looking forward to Reformation Day and to the Praise and Prayer (and Pomodori) time that Sunday night – come sing and pray and eat with us!

 

We gave an update in mid-September that you can read here. Please email us with any questions or referrals at firstpresmasearch@gmail.com . We included some details about our current process, some thoughts and observations from the summer, and most of all, we stressed the need for prayer, and prayer, and more prayer. 

 

Here’s the link to our letter from August 1. It includes some description of some of our process changes and updates to the materials we use. If you have questions or referrals we would love to hear them, please email us at firstpresmasearch@gmail.com

 

In early June 2022, an official update was given on a Sunday morning from Cindy Fitzgerald and Rob Joss, who now currently co-chair our committee: they introduced themselves as the new co-chairs and the committee members stood as their names were listed: Dave Burbridge, Sarah Jones, Tim Moniz, Russ Queen, Nina Walters, and Becki Whetsel.

We are giving this brief update now to let you know we have re-convened and are moving forward and
continuing with the search. We ask for your continued prayers on the process and we continue on.

Our verse remains the same: Ephesians 3:14-21, “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
We have learned a lot over the past year. Our first few meetings back are primarily filled with reviewing
our process guidelines and documents and seeing if there are any helpful changes. As always, you are
welcome to email any of us directly, or use the email address FirstPresMASearch@gmail.com. We also have a
page on the church website that we will update as things progress.
We know you are praying for us. We are praying for all of us, too! And we ask again for your prayers on
the process as we continue on.

 

There is no simple way to summarize the updates throughout the spring of 2022 regarding the decisions presented to the congregation by our committee and the related announcements from our board of elders (including, sadly, the resignation of our committee chair, Les Baird). The earlier updates of our committee’s work are now found below, and subsequent updates will be given or linked above in this section. 

 

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Below is a list of common questions and answers regarding the transition and pastoral search process. We hope these can provide some guidance and helpful insights. 

 

FPC Lead Pastor Job Description

The Session has completed the job description for the Lead Pastor position. View the job description for the Lead Pastor Position

 

Pastoral Search Committee

The Pastoral Search Committee has been selected and approved as of Sunday, May 23, 2021. If you would like more information about the Search Committee, please contact the Church Office or your shepherding elder. 

 

What is the process for selecting a new pastor?

There is an orderly process for selecting a pastor in the Book of Church Order (please see Chapter 20-2), and we are required to follow this process. In addition to the formal process, our denomination offers a great deal of assistance in trying to match churches with prospective pastors. We are currently in the process of finalizing a profile of FPC which includes our storied history as well as where we feel God is leading His church right now. This profile will be a wonderful tool for us as we seek a new Lead Pastor. The Book of Church Order requires that we select a search committee. We expect that the search committee will seek applicants, review their credentials, listen to/watch their preaching, and interview candidates that they think will fit our profile. The process, we expect, will result in a recommendation to the congregation of a suitable candidate. It is then the responsibility of the congregation to vote on whether we should issue a call to that candidate. Once we have issued a call, the Presbytery will determine whether the call shall be issued to the candidate. The Presbytery has important input about our next pastor. Once these steps are completed, we will be able to welcome our next pastor.

 

How long will the search and selection process take?

We have no specific timeline for this process, but we will proceed in an orderly fashion, being thoughtful with each step of the process and with our candidates. We are as eager as the rest of the congregation to know who the Lord will give us as the next lead pastor at FPC. 

 

What were the qualifications to serve on the Pastoral Search Committee?

The Pastoral Search Committee is made up of 8 members. Those serving possess the following qualifications: 

  1. A member at FPC in good standing.
  2. A mature, Bible believing follower of Christ.
  3. A follower of Christ who understands that we stand within the Reformed tradition and who appreciates that we operate within the confessional standards of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
  4. A follower of Christ that demonstrates a strong ability to analyze sermons and displays discernment of the Word of God and its application to everyday life.
  5. Has a diverse background regarding life experience and ministry/serving experience.

 

What is the SWOT Analysis?

SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The SWOT analysis allows us to evaluate the church’s strengths and weaknesses, the environment, the community, the opportunities and maybe even the threats to our local church. What and where should we focus as a church? What are the needs of the congregation and our community that perhaps we are neglecting? How can we fully utilize the strengths of our church? We hope to come up with a ministry plan to guide us for the next few years. It could be very similar to what we have today; we don’t think it will be radically different, but it could have some changes or a different focus as we believe God is leading.

 

 

How often will the church receive updates on these processes and the progress on the pastoral search?

The Search Committee plans to continue the schedule previously followed by the Session to give an update on the second Sunday of the month. We do want to keep you apprised of our progress as we move forward; we are committed to regular and transparent updates.

 

Who can I go to if I have questions, concerns, or need assistance during this time?

We would encourage you to use your shepherding elder during this time and share with them any questions, concerns, thoughts, feedback, or anything you feel the leadership of the church needs to know. If you are unsure who your shepherding elder is or feel you need additional assistance, please feel free to email the church office anytime with your questions or concerns. The office manager can then direct your request.

 

How can I pray for the church during this time?

We would encourage each of you to pray that the Lord will guide the selection of our next pastor. Pray for the session and Pastors Marion Clark and Jon Conant as they lead in the interim, pray for the search committee, and for the man who will be our next pastor. Pray that together we will impact the local community, the Northshore, and the world beyond under the leadership of our next pastor as we seek more people, more like Christ.

 

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Archived:

Les Baird gave an update this Sunday, 1/30/2022. You can view his video here. Les gives an update on questions we receive and anticipate regarding timing and where we are in the process. Please continue to pray for us as we seek the Lord’s direction. We welcome any questions or suggestions you’ve had at the links to our email or communications forms (above on this page).

 

Sunday, 10/17/2021: We heard a brief update from Nina Walters this morning and a little more about what to expect in the prayer meeting scheduled for tonight. Thanks to all who came out to pray together on that Sunday evening. We ask you all to continue to pray for the search and for our church, and please take a bookmark with prayer requests (available after each service). And also thank you to those who shared their thoughts on October 17th and 24th in our “office hours” during the Sunday school hour. We plan to do this again in the coming months, and we look forward to hearing from more of you!

 

Sunday, 9/12/2021: This morning Dave Burbridge gave us a great update on the process, specifically pointing to the Job Description for Lead Pastor as he listed what attributes we’re looking for in the candidates and what kind of candidates are applying. Here’s the PowerPoint. We’re also asking you to join us by praying for us as we meet weekly on Wednesday evenings. 

 

Tim Moniz updated us on Sunday, 8/15/2021, with some more information about some of the specific roles within our committee, the stages we are currently in and anticipate as next steps, and the current numbers for applicants in those various steps. You can check out his PowerPoint here

 

Church Profile/Job Description

With the tremendous work of Rob Joss and finishing touches from Derk Smid, our committee has produced a church profile that includes the job description we send to potential candidates. Take a look! We think this gives interested folks a good idea of our community and region and of who we are as a church.

 

Sarah Jones gave an update for Sunday, 7/11/2021. You can view her short video here. We’re excited that we’re starting to get referrals and candidates. Please pray for us, and let us know any questions or suggestions you’ve had.

 

Les Baird presented our first committee update on Sunday, 6/13/2021. Here’s his PowerPoint to tell you what we’ve done so far and what you can expect to see from us in the next few months.

 

 

 

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