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
As authorized by the October 20 Congregational Meeting, two search committees are seeking candidates for pastoral positions at Holladay UCC.
One committee is seeking a bridge pastor (a temporary pastor who steps in while a congregation is on the path to fill a pastoral vacancy).
The other committee is seeking a settled pastor (settled ministry that is considered permanent, has no predetermined end date, and is meant to mature in partnership over time between a pastor and a congregation). Here are brief updates from both committees:
Settled Pastor Search Committee
We are enthusiastically under way updating the church profile. We will be working directly with the Rev. Erin Gilmore, our associate conference minister, as she guides us on the use of the new local church profile template. We hope to have our draft of the profile complete by the first of the new year and ready for review by the congregation. If you have questions please reach out to any of us on the committee.
Members are: Martha Bale, chair; Ruby Hammel, Linda Hilton, Teri Jewell, Trent Parkhill, Steve Schneider, Amy Spratling.
Bridge Pastor Search Committee
The Bridge committee will meet on December 3 to plan next actions. Meanwhile, we are doing necessary homework including consultation with Rocky Mountain Conference leadership. We are committed to act expeditiously but wisely to ensure consistent senior ministerial leadership.
Members are: Carl Adams, interim moderator; Dennis Bayes, Leslie Jerominski, Dawn Mangelsen, Laurie McBride, Rori Piggott, Rick Spratling.
In the interim period, the Rev. Marijke Rossi is serving as supply pastor, and is a candidate for bridge pastor. The Rev. Chelsea Page is serving as associate pastor for youth and families, a settled position.