THE CALL PROCESS AND UPDATES
Please check here periodically for updates on our quest to call a new rostered minister to our church.
As we begin the process of calling a new rostered minister, we enter a time of thoughtful assessment and prayerful discernment about our work together in ministry and mission.
Step One: The Transition Team
TRANSITIONTEAM OBJECTIVE: To complete a Ministry Site Profile (MSP) for our church using input from the congregation. The MSP summarizes the characteristics and ministry of our church, and will be used by the Call Committee in the search for a new pastor for our congregation.
Our team has begun working on gathering information about our church before beginning the search for a new pastor. Pastor Kris is working with the team in an advisory capacity.
Team: Larry Borchelt; Jeff Meyer; Stacy Murphy; Paula Lynch, Chair; and Tom Pearson, Council Liaison
On May 15 Deacon Darcy Mittelstaedt, Bishop Associate, led the team through the orientation and guidelines for a transition team, which includes completing a Ministry Site Profile (MSP). The MSP summarizes the characteristics and ministry of our church, and will be used in the search for a new pastor for our congregation. With a plan developed for our congregation, the Transition Team will use input from the congregation to develop the MSP, which began with a Vitality Survey, and now continues with congregational events.
The Transition Team has met to review your input from the August 6 congregational discussion and found constructive comments, common threads of hope and faith, and a commitment to our ministry and future. Thank you for your participation; it is crucial for the transition team’s ability to complete the Mission Site Profile (MSP) later this month. Our team goal is to present the MSP for council approval at their next meeting on September 10.
On August 20, around 50 people stayed for the discussion, relating our congregation to the Calling of Samuel. There was a lot of valuable input, with many similar ideas emerging. There was an enthusiastic and positive vibe in the room, and it’s obvious we are all in this together. Here are some of the descriptive phrases members came up with for St. Andrew: “Sinners welcome: let’s get together and get better. Praise God!” “Faithful to God’s Call. All are Welcome.” “In the Center of Canyon Lake Area to make Christ the Center of our Lives.”
In the next few weeks the Transition Team will be wrapping up their work by completing the MSP, using all of the input received from the congregation. We plan to present the MSP for council approval at their next meeting on September 10.
Thank you for your support throughout this process!
We will continue to update this information as the process continues!