Zion’s Call committee has submitted the church “Site Profile”, has formulated interview questions and has even engaged in a “mock interview” with a local pastor. (Our thanks to Rev. Michael Howard of Brookside Community Church for his assistance as the “mock interviewee”!) Once more, the steps in the candidate approval process now are:
The New Jersey Synod nominates a candidate. The Candidate is interviewed and researched by the Call Committee.
If the Call Committee approves the Candidate, the candidate is interviewed by the Church Council.
If the Church Council approves the candidate, the candidate conducts a worship service for the congregation and answers questions from the congregation.
If the congregation approves the candidate, the congregation issues a call, giving the candidate appropriate time to disengage from his or her current ministry.
If at any step the candidate is not approved, we go back to the Synod and request a new candidate. The process listed above begins anew.
While we cannot divulge information about the candidate or candidates before they are presented to the congregation, we will strive to keep you informed of where we are in the process.
Thoughts on the Call Process
Council President, Fred Humcke,
What a time this is in the Zion story! God’s faithful provision since 1760 has been evident again and again. We have submitted Zion’s site profile to the Synod and now await the Synod’s selection of a candidate for the Call Team to interview. Please continue to pray for the Call Team. We could not be more thankful for this team that the Lord has assembled. Still, we feel an acute awareness of our dependence on the Lord for wisdom and provision.
“Unless the Lord builds the house those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Ps 127:1).
Without God’s involvement, our efforts will be a waste of time. Godly people need to continually reflect on this lest we depend on our own strength and talents. The fact is that there is no way to do God’s work without his power. So, we thank God for this house he built, and look to him for the future. It’s God’s vision. It will succeed in his time through his provision. Thank you for standing with us and continuing to pray for Zion!
Please use this prayer verse from Acts 13:38-39 to pray for the call team and their mission this month:
For everything that is bound to time and sense must fall away, and we must learn to do without them, if we are to come to God. For this reason the mass and this sacrament are a sign by which we train and accustom ourselves to let go of all visible love, help, and comfort, and to trust in the invisible love, help, and support of Christ and his saints. For death takes away all the things that are seen and separates us from men and transient things. To meet it, we must, therefore, have the help of the things that are unseen and eternal. And these are indicated to us in the sacrament and sign, to which we cling by faith until we finally attain to them also with sight and senses.