The Settled Pastor Search Committee has completed a draft of Holladay UCC’s church profile, and members are being invited to submit questions or comments. “The profile is a guide for candidates and the search committee to discern the right fit for the next Settled Senior Pastor for HUCC,” committee Chair Martha Bale wrote this week in a letter accompanying the draft. Members were asked to respond by January 19. Comments may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Congregational Meeting will be convened on December 29 to vote on calling the Rev. Marijke B. Rossi as bridge pastor at Holladay UCC.
The meeting will be held immediately after morning worship.
The call was recommended by the Bridge Pastor Search Committee after a search process authorized by members at an October 20 Congregational Meeting.
A second search committee is seeking a settled pastor, a process expected to take six months to a year. (see update, below).
The bridge pastor will not be eligible to be a candidate for settled pastor.
Pastor Marijke has been serving as supply pastor since November 4, performing senior minister duties in the vacancy created by departure of Pastor Fred Evenson.
A supply pastor is a clergy member who is not formally installed and serves for a limited time as a congregation’s acting pastor. A bridge pastor customarily serves a longer tenure, stepping in to help a congregation “bridge” the path to filling a pastoral vacancy.
“Pastor Marijke is the right person at the right time,” said Interim Moderator Carl Adams, who chaired the bridge search committee. “We are blessed that she will be able to provide compassionate care and spiritual leadership during our period of transition.” Other committee members, all chosen from council, are Dennis Bayes, Dawn Mangelsen, Laurie McBride, Leslie Jerominski, Rori Piggott and Rick Spratling.
The search team hopes to post our settled pastor position shortly after the first of the year. This is when pastors begin looking at opportunities.
We learned of a new profile format midstream in our process. The new profile template covers the following areas:
We are working diligently to have a draft of the new church profile ready to review by the congregation the week of January 6. We will need comments back to us within a week. Our position is able to be posted while we polish up our profile.
If you have any questions or concerns please seek out any member of the team:
Martha Bale, chair; Ruby Hammel, Linda Hilton, Teri Jewell, Trent Parkhill, Steve Schneider and Amy Spratling