COG Family -
On behalf of the Sr. Pastor Search Committee I would like to say Thank You. Thank you for continuing to pray for us as we seek God's will for our Sr. Pastor role. We have heard from several of you directly and know many more are lifting us up in your prayers regularly. As followers of Christ we know prayer is the most important step we can take in obedience to Him.
In addition I wanted to thank you for taking the time to reflect on and fill out the Church Survey that was sent out in October. We received well above the standard return rate Converge typically sees which demonstrates your engagement in our church and this process. The results from the survey allowed both the Search Team and Cross of Glory Leadership Team to spend a day with the Converge Placement Network Director and having a collaborative session for developing a pastor profile. This meeting helped triangulate the results that were given by the congregation with the vision from the Search/Leadership teams and come up with a pastor profile that will help us find the best matches from candidates for the role.
While there were many insights from the survey, one of the more relevant areas was our review of the church life cycle. Results showed Cross of Glory was particularly strong in the areas of Programs, Ministries, Management and Systems but were weaker in areas of Vision, Purpose, Relationships, and Discipleship. This is consistent with churches that are nearing the Empty Nest/Retirement phases of the life cycle and demonstrates our need for a leader who can bring a strong Purpose and Outreach focus back to the church.
We have now posted the position on many seminary job boards as well as our own church website. As we receive applications I again ask that you pray with us for continued direction and unity as we seek God's will for our Sr. Pastor role.