Now that the Local Church Profile is launched the Search Team goes into our confidential phase. The general process is:

A pastor reads our Local Church Profile and if interested in applying, they send their Candidate Profile to Rev. Tyler Connoley at the Central Pacific Conference office. Rev. Connoley and their staff review the Candidate Profile to be sure all the elements are complete and that the pastor is in good standing with their conference. Rev. Connoley then forwards the Candidate Profile to the FCC Search Team.

Once we receive a Candidate Profile we then screen it as a group to see if we are interested in a first interview. We are really looking to see if the candidate is a No at this phase. If they are a Yes or a Maybe, we go ahead with the first interview to find out more. The first interview is an initial meeting on Zoom where we ask all candidates the same questions. This interview lasts approximately 60 minutes. In this interview, we are trying to see if there is an initial match of skills and abilities and to discern if we want to pursue this candidate further.

After the first interview, the process becomes deeper and more individualized with each candidate depending on their skills and interests. We will watch their worship services (almost all are online now) and review their web presence. We will look at any items they have published and how they are involved in their community. If this research, combined with the first interview, makes us want to talk further, then we will offer a second interview.

This second interview will also likely be on Zoom. It will likely be a longer interview and the questions will be personalized to gain insight into deeper questions we have for this specific candidate. There may be other additional follow up documents or conversations shared back and forth between the candidate and the Search Team.

Once we are down to a few finalists, then we will likely invite them to an in-person meeting. This will give the Search Team a chance to interact in-person with the candidate and for the candidate to learn more about us and the area.

All of the above meetings are completely confidential. We will likely have many candidates in different phases of the search at the same time. Unlike other positions that have a closing application date, pastoral searches use an open until filled system. During this process not only is the Search Team trying to discern if a candidate is the right person for the job, and the candidate is also discerning whether this is a good fit for them. This is where the Holy Spirit is very actively working to help us all determine a good match.

Once the Search Team has selected our final candidate, we will present that candidate to the FCC Church Board and review our process with them. The Finalist Candidate will then be invited to Eugene for a Candidating Visit, which will be several days long. This will be the opportunity for the pastor candidate and the congregation to get to meet each other and interact in several small and larger groups. The visit will culminate in the pastor candidate preaching and leading a Sunday worship with a Congregational Meeting following to vote on whether to call this candidate as our new Settled Pastor.