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Pastoral Search Team

Listening and Trusting


Grace Pastoral Search Team (PST)

Rick Sims (chair) | Donna Bloomberg | Hannah Lehardy | Jennifer Pierpont 

Jim Heddles | Mack Good | Meta Mason | Tim Henson


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Prayer requests

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)


Pray for the team to be good listeners …

-      To each other.

-      To the congregation as they give input and feedback.

-      To helpful advisors from the Covenant.

-      To the Holy Spirit.


Pray for the team to discern together, with the Holy Spirit ..

-      How to accurately describe our church.

-      How to articulate the type of pastor we are looking for.

-      God’s timing for the different activities.

-      When and how to make important decisions.


If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:6)


Monthly reports

Report 4 - October 24, 2020

Hello Grace!  I apologize for not getting a September update to you. We have had a busy two months since our last update.


1)     We met with four focus groups: The Church Staff and three groups who were selected to augment the input from the survey; Youth, Young adults, and Young families.    


2)     In collaboration with the Foundations Team, and with the survey and focus group input, we have completed our Church Profile and submitted it to the  Pacific Southwest Conference (link to profile).


Thank you to all who shared your love for Grace, both in the focus groups and on the survey.  The team was blessed to hear your thoughts and exciting ideas. We have taken your input on board in finalizing our Church Profile and will keep your thoughts in mind as we develop and conduct our interviews.

We are now beginning Phase Two, the actual search process.  Here are the details, slightly modified from those shared in our last update:


Phase Two

Review and Filter Pastor Prospects 

1)     Receive resumes of potential candidates from PSWC or directly from prospect

2)     Review prospects to determine who to contact initially via phone or Zoom

3)     Move successful prospects to potentials and contact to discern interest in taking a next step

4)     Communicate appreciation, blessing, and prayer to unsuccessful prospects

 

Select Prospective Candidates

1)     Conduct Zoom interviews with potentials

2)     Narrow potentials to short list of prospective candidates

3)     Request sermon tapes and further information from the prospective candidates

4)     Visit the prospective candidates in their context (only if safe)

5)     Invite selected prospective candidates for face-to-face or second Zoom interviews

6)     Determine who to recommend to the congregation as the candidate


As we go through the process of reviewing and selecting prospects, please pray for us. And please pray for all the prospects that we will have the opportunity to get to know. Pray that we all seek God’s leading. Pray that we listen to each other and trust each other as each of us is led by the Holy Spirit.    


And please pray for the one prospect whom God has chosen.


Thank you for your prayers,


The Pastoral Search Team


Report 3 - August 27, 2020

Hello Grace! The PST is pleased to provide you with the results of the 2020 Grace Congregational Survey completed on August 16th, 2020.


2020 Survey Results and Charts.pdf


The survey had a total of 147 respondents. To each of you who completed the survey, the Foundations, Operations and Pastoral Search Teams, and the Grace Staff thank you. Because of you, we have an understanding of Grace that reflects who we are today, where God has led us, and where God is leading us. We look forward to you all looking closely and thoughtfully at these results. Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit will touch each of you as you endeavor to understand these results and put them to use in your walk, both individually and as an integral part of the Body of Christ.


To those who did not complete the survey, the PST are working on giving you an opportunity to provide your input through Zoom meetings as we described in our last update. We also will be setting up opportunities for key focus groups to give us their unique and vital input.  Be looking for details on those opportunities here on our Grace page in the next two weeks.


Now that the survey is complete, the Search Team will be moving toward completing a Grace Church Profile which will be provided to prospective pastors. At the same time, The Foundations Team will be working to complete a Pastoral Profile, identifying those qualities and skills that God wants in our next pastor Our goal is to have both the Church Profile and the Pastor Profile completed in the next month and be able to provide that to you and to the Evangelical Covenant Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) at the end of September.


Finalizing the Church Profile and Pastoral Profile will mark the team’s completion of Phase One in our search. Here are the details of Phase Two:


Phase Two (Exploring Potential)


Review and Filter Pastor Prospects 

1)    Receive resumes of potential candidates from the Pacific SouthWest Conference of the Covenant church

2)    Review resumes in relation to prepared pastor profile to determine who to contact initially via phone

3)    Move successful prospects to potentials

4)    Communicate appreciation, blessing, and prayer to unsuccessful prospects


Provide Grace Information  

1)    Send church information packet to potentials

2)    contact to discern interest in taking a next step


Select Prospective Candidates  

1)    Conduct Zoom interviews with potentials

2)    Narrow potentials to short list of prospective candidates

3)    Request sermon tapes and further information from the prospective candidates

4)    Visit the prospective candidates in their context (only if safe)

5)    Invite selected prospective candidates for face-to-face or second Zoom interviews

6)    Determine who to recommend to the congregation as the candidate


It’s exciting just to lay out these steps. I can speak for our whole team that we feel an urging and an encouragement from the Holy Spirit. We are thankful and prayerful for each other. We are humbled and blessed to work together in this important process.


So, thanks again to all who filled out the survey. And thank God for all of you, for your faith, and for your prayers.

 

We continue to trust and listen,


The Pastoral Search Team


Report 2 - July 25, 2020

Hi to everyone from the PST. In June, we promised you a monthly update. So this one, while still in July, is a bit late. We’ll get better at this.


The last six weeks have seen much happen in the lives of some of our team.   Please pray for Jim and Brenda, that Brenda’s ankle and back continue to heal, praise and thanks that they can enjoy their family in California, and for a safe return to Tucson in two weeks.  Also prayers for Meta and family as they are traveling back to Tucson right now.  And thanks for Mack’s and Jennifer’s safe travels and their time with their families. Thank you all for your prayers.

In the time we have been together, it has been a joy to see how each member of the team adds so much to the group. Each unique and important; each a blessing to the team. We are very thankful for each other.


The congregational survey is 99 percent complete. The team will meet Monday (7/27) to finalize and then make it available via the church website. Please take some thoughtful time to fill out the survey. It is vital to our team to know how God is leading each of you.  We’ll be providing a summary of the survey results in a few weeks. The survey will help us in completing a church profile, which is our next task.


We will be contacting each of you in a couple of weeks to provide opportunities to talk to the team directly. We will be organizing Zoom meetings with each of the small groups, open groups (for those not in small groups), and ministry teams. And if Zoom is not your cup of tea, please let us know, and we can chat by phone (imagine that!).


In our last update, we provided details of Phase One, which finishes with the church and pastor profiles.  We also promised details of Phase Two which begins with identifying prospective pastoral candidates and ends with calling our new pastor.  We’ll provide those details in our August update. Which will be in a couple of weeks!


We continue to trust, listen, and pray. And are thankful for each of you.


The Pastoral Search Team


Report 1 - June 8, 2020

Greetings to all our Grace family. This is the first monthly update on the progress in Grace’s search for our next pastor. We’ll be putting one of these out the first week of each month.


Here are the phases of the search process, with an estimation of the entire process taking 10-15 months, starting from April.

  • Phase 1 - Team setup, survey, and church and pastor profiles (Goal: Profiles complete.)
  • Phase 2 - Initial position postings (Goal: Get the word out on position.)
  • Phase 3 - Interviewing prospects (Goal: Identify God's potential pastor.)
  • Phase 4 - Final decision (Goal: Prepare candidate and congregation to discern God's call.)


We are in the middle of Phase 1 and details on Phase 1 are provided below.


We get excited just thinking about what is in store. One of our main goals is to share that excitement with you in these monthly updates. In our prayers and meetings, we have been given two words: “Trust” and “Listen”.  As our team moves forward, we are committed to listening to the leading of the Holy Spirit, to each other, and to you. And we are committed to place our trust in God, our team, and the Grace Family, that by listening humbly, we will find the pastor God has for us. 


Trusting and listening,


The Grace Pastoral Search Team


Process overview

Phase 1 - Preparation

1) Establishment of Pastoral Search Team (May)

  • Selection of team
  • Meetings every other Monday evening
  • Monthly congregational updates (1st week of month)
  • Foundation of prayer - as a team, with identified prayer supporters


2) Church and Pastor profile (June-August)

  1. Standard fill-in format for PSWC
  2. To be used by PSWC to make initial connections to prospective candidates
  • Grace Church Profile 
  1. We will make this one “from scratch”
  2. Communicate the Heart of Grace
  3. Provide to all prospective candidates
  • Complete Grace Church survey
  • Develop a survey form and distribute to each member of the Grace Family  
  1. Cover demographics, worship preferences, sermon preferences, ministry participation, thoughts on roles of pastor, focus of ministry, strengths/challenges
  2. Distribute, collect, consolidate 
  • Small Group and Focus Group meetings
  1. Members of GST will meet with all Grace Small Groups to have face-to-face (zoom) discussions regarding concerns, questions, guidance. 
  2. Additional meetings will be scheduled for members of the Grace Family not in Small Groups   
  • Survey Report  
  1. Prepare summary report of survey results and Small Group discussions
  2. Provide to Foundations Team for development of Pastor Profile
  • Complete Pastor Profile
  • This will be done by Foundations Team with information from GST 
  1. Discern characteristics of a person to lead you into church’s vision
  2. Discern short list of top priorities of characteristics to consider in reviewing profiles
  • Communicate final Pastor Profile to Grace Family and provide to PSWC and prospective candidates


*PSWC - Pacific Southwest Conference (of the Evangelical Covenant denomination)

Phase 2 - Exploring Potential

Review and Filter Pastor Prospects 

1)    Receive resumes of potential candidates from the PSWC*

2)    Review resumes in relation to prepared pastor profile to determine who to contact initially via phone

3)    Move successful prospects to potentials

4)    Communicate appreciation, blessing, and prayer to unsuccessful prospects


*PSWC - Pacific Southwest Conference (of the Evangelical Covenant denomination)


Provide Grace Information  

1)    Send church information packet to potentials

2)    contact to discern interest in taking a next step


Select Prospective Candidates  

1)    Conduct Zoom interviews with potentials

2)    Narrow potentials to short list of prospective candidates

3)    Request sermon tapes and further information from the prospective candidates

4)    Visit the prospective candidates in their context (only if safe)

5)    Invite selected prospective candidates for face-to-face or second Zoom interviews

6)    Determine who to recommend to the congregation as the candidate