Friends in Christ,
Well, the summer has flown past at seemingly (at least for me) breakneck speed and we are now on the threshold of another Fall-Winter-Spring program year. We call upon you to read through this newsletter carefully, as it is brimming with important information, schedules, and notes. It is always exciting to enter the program year of a congregation and the excitement is compounded this year by the upcoming “candidate Sunday”. Yes, we have a candidate for the pastoral position here at Zion. The Call Committee and Council have both given unanimous approval to that candidate and have voted to present the candidate to the congregation!
I know that I have written and said this before, and I’m going to lay it out once more just to make sure that we are all on the same wavelength. The Call Committee has interviewed a candidate and has had the opportunity to experience the candidate leading worship. The Call Committee voted to recommend the candidate to the Church Council and, in a joint meeting, interviewed the candidate once more. The Council then voted to recommend the candidate to the congregation. The candidate will come to Zion and lead worship on Sunday, October 7th at 10:30 am (only one service that Sunday; no Sunday school hour). Following the service, there will be a congregational meeting led by Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, Assistant to the Bishop, for the purpose of voting on the candidate. A two-thirds majority vote of all confirmed members present that day is required to approve the candidate for the position.
In the case that the candidate is approved by the congregation, and a formal letter of call has been approved by the Bishop and delivered to the candidate, the candidate has up to two weeks to accept or refuse the call. The candidate and our Church Council will then decide together when the call will begin. Generally pastors are given one month to disengage from their current position (if there is a current position to be disengaged from).
It is critical that the identity and/or information on the candidate be kept confidential, so the congregation will not be given any information on the candidate until immediately before the candidating service. The council is working out details for a “meet and greet” opportunity where you will have an opportunity to meet the candidate on Saturday, October 6th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm in Faith Hall.
We want to make a good impression on the candidate, which means putting the physical property of the church in top-notch condition and showing good participation in the many programs that take place here at Zion. This would also be a good time to review your giving record to the church, as our giving has dropped off a bit during the summer months. We want a solid budget for the new pastor upon arrival!
I am excited and deeply happy that Zion has come to this point in the transition process. Let us all pray that the transition will come to fruition in the weeks ahead in a way that will be a blessing to the candidate and to this congregation, to the glory of God our Creator, Christ our Savior and the Spirit that binds us together as one!
Grace and peace,
Categories: Pastor's Thoughts
Friends in Christ,