FCC has established a fantastic Pastoral Search Committee that will begin meeting in the next weeks. This committee was recommended by the FCC Church Board and voted upon at our Annual Meeting on Sept 21st. The Board prayerfully and seriously considered every candidate that was recommended and worked to establish this committee. They looked for people who have a strong faith in God, are active participants in the life of FCC, and represent several of the categories of people who comprise our body here at FCC. Our Constitution and By-laws lay out this process and state that the Chairman of the Pastoral Search Committee is to be appointed by the Chairman of FCC, Carl Holmes. God has been working in the lives of each of these Search Committee members. God has given each of them unique experiences, passions, and voice to speak to God’s needs for FCC and its ministries. God has this all figured out and is going to show us His way using these folks as His agents.
The Search Committee will be “coached” by Associate Superintendent Rev. Wayne Carlson of the Pacific Southwest Conference. One of Wayne’s specialties is helping churches work through the necessary assessments, evaluations, discernment and planning that are all integral to the Search process. While each search is unique, just as each church is unique, there are some key factors that comprise the process that Wayne will help the Search Committee to work through to gain the most thorough process for FCC.
Periodically, we will hope to have updates on the process from the Search Committee but most of the details of their work will be done with the highest level of confidentiality. I, along with you, will look forward to hearing about their work, but neither I, nor you, will know the details. We need to trust God and trust the process that He will lead them in.
How can we help you may ask. The first and most important task for all of us is to P R A Y! Pray for God’s guidance. Pray for each member of the Search Committee to be open to His leading, to know His thoughts and to have the courage to follow His leading. Our Deaconesses and Deacons are hosting a Prayer Gathering each Sunday morning before the 9:00 Service and all are welcome to join them at any time.
The second task is to speak to Search Committee members as God leads you. They are representing you “at the table”. They care deeply about FCC and the ministries that God has entrusted us with. They care about many of the same things you do. Respectfully share your thoughts with them when you feel that God invites you to do so. Allow them to do the work God has entrusted them with.
The third task is to care for the Search Committee. They will be putting in lots of extra hours for the benefit of all of us. Thank them, appreciate their sacrifice, and look for ways to serve them as they serve all of us, for Him.
FCC has always been God’s church and He has great and wonderful plans for us, to grow us, and to work with Him to bring His kingdom in the world.
The member of the FCC Pastoral Search Committee are: