The Search Committee thanks all in the Congregation who responded to the survey questions included in the daily all church emails at the end of April. The feedback was thoughtful and helpful, and influenced the final version of our Local Church Profile (LCP). The LCP highlights the strengths and challenges of our church and ministry and outlines the desired gifts and strengths of the candidates hoping to apply for our position of Associate Pastor. Our revised LCP has been submitted to the UCC Central Pacific Conference for review. After review, the conference will post our LCP on the UCC national ministry opportunity website. We expect to begin receiving applications sometime in June. The position will be a “Designated Term” for three years with the possibility of renewal.
Thanks also are in order for the guidance and direction provided by the 25-member Discernment Committee and the FCC Board, which, like the Search Committee, are a diverse representation of the Congregation. The Search Committee drew heavily from the work started by the Discernment Committee in 2019. It was heartening to know that 87% of survey respondents felt that the bullet points shared fit the needs of our church at this time, and the majority of the remaing survey respondants offered modifications but were embracing of the whole.
Certain trends emerged in the comments including: a highly engaged congregation interested in shaping the future of our ministry; a desire for a minister who is a woman, possibly a woman of color, who exhibits gifts such as empathy, kind-heartedness, patience and spiritual introspection; an interest in encouraging the membership and participation of young people and families, as well as focusing on the spiritual dimensions of aging; a recognition of the need for change coupled with a wariness of changing too much, too fast; an awareness of the need to create a balance between social justice initiatives and offering spiritual support for members.
There were also some specific questions and concerns. For example, the word “charismatic” was troubling to some and was removed from the final document because of potential negative connotations with the word, especially in church settings. Also, we clarified that the new Pastor will provide support rather than “leadership” to the Justice and Witness Committee. Finally, although a deep and abiding faith was a presumed gift of all candidates we made the Profile more spiritually specific. The new Associate Pastor’s duties will be broad in scope and will share many of these duties with Pastor Jonathan and the program staff.
Once approved by the Conference, our 39-page Local Church Profile (LCP) will be posted for applicants both on the UCC national website and our FCC website. The LCP, developed by the Search Committee over the last 5 months, is a detailed description of who we are as a church, who we wish to become, the qualities we are looking for in an Associate Pastor, job benefits and compensation, as well as a description and metrics of the surrounding community (see the attached LCP by clicking button below).
Please note: The LCP copy above is a lower resolution for downloading, the final copy will have clearer photos
The Search Committee will screen applicant profiles, conduct Zoom interviews, perform reference checks, review submitted or given sermons, and invite finalists for an in-person interview. A final offer will be made to the preferred candidate upon approval by Pastor Jonathan and the Church Board, and then, if the candidate accepts the terms of the contract we offer, the Congregation will meet the candidate on a Candidating Weekend and then vote whether or not to “call” the candidate as our new Associate Minister.
Please keep the church in your prayers as we continue to serve in God’s name on your behalf.
FCC Pastoral Search Committee: James Chang, Todd Chapman, Marjorie Enseki, Tony Foy, Martin Jones, Molly Maguire, Julie Voelker-Morris, Martha Moultry, Polly Shannon, chair, and Jonathan, ex officio