Pastor Transition Updates

*Updated May 4th, 2022


View the Senior Pastor Job Description HERE



In 2021, after more than 25 years of faithful service as Senior Pastor for Family in Christ, Paul decided the time is approaching for him to step down and for FIC to begin transitioning to the next chapter.   In September, 2021, FIC Elders secured the services of an outside consultant (Vanderbloemen) to assist leadership in planning a successful search process.  Following review of FIC information and interviews with leadership and staff, Vanderbloemen presented a phase I report with recommendations on how FIC should proceed.  Based on their report and leadership’s satisfaction with services, the Elders voted to engage Vanderbloemen in a phase II contract to assist in the recruitment and screening of prospective candidates for the position.  Vanderbloemen has years of extensive experience, knowledge and success in assisting churches with filling key leadership positions.  A contract for phase II services was negotiated and executed in December.  
In 2021, the Elder board members voted to form a selection committee consisting of mature Christians who are or have served leadership positions at FIC. That committee consists of three women and four men.

What has happened since the last update in the April 1 update?

Since March 2, Vanderbloemen has been accepting applications and actively identifying and inviting the best qualified individuals from within their database to apply for the position.   Vanderbloemen has logged nearly 1,700 hits on their link to the Family in Christ Senior Pastor recruitment page, and received 52 applications.  It is encouraging and exciting to see such a high level of interest in the position.  We are confident God will has got this and will bring us the right person and make it abundantly clear who is going to effectively lead Family in Christ into the next chapter. 

This past week, the FIC Senior Pastor Selection Committee met with our executive search consultant from Vanderbloemen to learn about each of the top candidates.  During that meeting, the committee viewed introduction videos, video samples of sermons, reviewed resumes and personality profiles.  The committee reached consensus on which candidates to move forward in the process, and will begin conducting initial interviews starting next week.


What comes next and what is the approximate timing?

The selection process remains on schedule according to the original plan!   
Early May, 2022 – The committee will then conduct initial zoom interviews with five candidates the first week of May and prayerfully consider and determine which candidates should move forward for final interviews.
May, 2022 – The committee will conduct final interviews, and Vanderbloemen will complete full background checks for those finalists.  Background information will be provided to the selection committee in late May or early June.
June 2022 – The Selection Committee will meet with the Elder Board and recommend which candidate(s) should be considered for the position.  The Elder Board will make the final decision and negotiate a package and starting date.
It is the hope of FIC leadership to have the new Senior Pastor on board by the end of the summer, consistent with the original planned schedule.
What can I do to help?
Continue to pray for guidance and wisdom for FIC leadership as we move forward in the interview and selection phase.  Continue to pray now that God would begin preparing the heart of the next senior pastor and family for the move to Family in Christ. Pray for Pastor Paul as he continues to lead the church and cares for his wife Judy.
Will more information be coming out? 
Pastor Paul will continue to provide periodic updates during services. New information or updates to schedule will continue to be posted on this section of the website.

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