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Search Committee starts reviewing pastoral profiles

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We’re in the home stretch. Our search for a new pastor is nearly coming to fruition.

This has been a nationwide search. We have received profiles from candidates from Boston to California and from northern Wisconsin to Florida and Texas. We’ve received information from men and women, gay and straight, and one person of color that we could discern. We have received, read and discussed 38 profiles. We have read and listened to dozens of sermons from any that we thought might have potential for us. We’ve checked out their current church websites, looked for Facebook pages and read blogs.

After much discussion and prayer, we narrowed the field to four very strong candidates. In the past month we have had face-to-face interviews with each of them. With difficulty because they were all so good, we have further narrowed the field to two very talented candidates.

During the month of July we will be checking references, holding second interviews and listening to each of them preach in a neutral pulpit. That means we will travel to two churches where we are not known, and will listen to a candidate preach the sermon to the congregation that they also do not know.

Barring any unforeseen surprises, we hope to be able to make a recommendation to the council the first part of August. Our Council will decide whether to forward our recommended candidate to the congregation for a vote. We will then send out information to the membership about the candidate. On a chosen Sunday, the candidate will preach the sermon and leave the sanctuary at the end of the service. Then the membership will vote yes or no to call the candidate to be our next pastor.

When the candidate will be able to start depends on the candidate and how much notice the candidate needs to give their current church.

In the meantime, please keep us and the candidates in your prayers. May we all discern the best fit for Memorial.

We encourage you to read the profile. As always, feel free to talk to any of the Search Committee members.

You can reach the search committee with this email address – MUCC.Search.Comm@gmail.com

The members of the Search Committee are:
Sonjia Short – chair
John Rosch – communications
Lisa Schoenwetter – chaplain and secretary
Dean Baumgardner
Amy Boutelle
Mary Holtshopple