Search Process


September 2018 Bob and Casey announce their retirement

Transition Team formed

Search Committee formed

Begin work on Community Church Profile and Job Description

Initiate UCC search and call process

Hire Pastor Search firm (Vanderbloemen) and begin search process with them
January 4, 2019 Search Committee Chairman letter to Congregation
January 13, 2019 Commissioning ceremony for the Senior Minister Search Committee

Launch “Senior Minister Search” page on Community Church’s website

Administer Congregational Survey to congregation

Prayerfully discern input from Congregational Survey, church staff, and members of the congregation

Completion of Community Church Profile and Job Description, and submission to UCC and Vanderbloemen in order to formally initiate nationwide search

Initial sourcing, screening, and interviewing of potential prospects from all sources

Vanderbloemen presents best possible candidates to Search Committee

Search Committee conducts first round interviews from best possible candidates from Vanerbloemen and other sources

Search Committee conducts second round interviews and selects semi-final candidates
After further due diligence by Search Committee, a final candidate is selected
Vanderbloemen conducts background checks and review references of final candidate

After unanimous recommendation by all members of Search Committee, a conditional offer is made to final candidate(s), subject to final candidates’ approval by Church Council and election by Congregation.

Upon acceptance of offer, final candidate is invited to CCoVB for the weekend.  There will the opportunity to meet the candidate informally on Saturday and in worship on Sunday when the final candidate will lead worship and preach.  At a special meeting of the Congregation immediately thereafter, the final candidate shall be elected by a two-thirds majority written ballot.

After a successful written ballot and acceptance of all terms and conditions of employment, the Senior Minister-elect becomes our new Senior Minister at Community Church.