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Search Committee Update

First Christian Church has appointed a Search Committee to conduct the search for a new Senior Minister. The committee is chaired by Alan Parsons. The other members of the group are Patty Rankin, Kathy Olliges, Gary Fogle, Tonya Bordy, Scott Lanter, Gracelyn Jack and Amanda Stratton. The committee is meeting every other week and will send updates to the congregation and regular intervals. See below for their first update and for our search timeline.

FCC Senior Minister Search Committee meets via Zoom! Not pictured: Tonya Bordy and Scott Lanter

February 10, 2021

Our committee conducted its second meeting on February 9 at which all members participated. We adopted a covenant by which we will conduct our search for a new Senior Minister for First Christian Church. We reviewed the “Search and Call” resources of the Regional Church Disciples of Christ to assist us in this endeavor. We also shared the experiences of nearby churches which have completed recent senior minister searches.

Getting congregational input is an imperative in the search process. It is a critical component of the congregational profile without which we cannot conduct a search. Recognize, however, that obtaining that input is labor intensive and time consuming; so please bear with us. It is important to get this right if we want to select the optimal candidate for senior minister to present for your approval. We are committed to meeting bi-weekly to stay on task and we hope to complete the first draft of the survey instrument at our next meeting. Please keep us in prayer.

On behalf of the entire committee,

Alan Parsons, Chair


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