Pastor Search Committee

 
Top row left to right: Aaron Weese, Cathy Costello, Beth Work, Andrew Reading
Bottom row left to right: Sean Zippie, Jim Braymer, Andrew Hargest
 

March 15, 2018

 
The Pastoral Search Committee offered the Sr. Pastor position to a candidate and he has accepted. The Session has called a congregational meeting following worship on April 8th to hear the report of the search committee, to vote on the call and the terms of the call for the committee’s choice for our next Sr. Pastor. The candidate will lead worship that Sunday. We will also vote to elect our 2018 Officer Nominating Committee at that same congregational meeting. We aren’t yet able to share more information about the candidate so that we may be sensitive to his current church. That information will be announced at least a week before the 8th.
 
There will be opportunities on Saturday, April 7th for the congregation to meet the candidate: 9:00am-10:30am & 6:00pm-7:30pm. We will have light refreshments, so please RSVP
 
 

December 12, 2017

We have now been in contact with 38 possible candidates for the next pastor of Covenant Church. Ten of those are still under consideration. Please continue praying for the committee as we discern God’s will for our next pastor.

 

September 21, 2017

We have now been in contact with 27 possible candidates for the next pastor of Covenant Church. We had been focusing on one particular candidate for most of August and September and were very excited about what appeared to be the perfect fit for Covenant. We found out late last week that the Lord closed that door. We were very disappointed but trust and know that God is in control of all. We are refocusing our efforts to other candidates. Please continue praying for the committee as we discern God’s will for our next pastor.

 

August 10, 2017

To date we have been in contact with around 25 possible candidates for the next pastor of Covenant Church. We have been studying and praying over them and have listened to many recorded sermons. We have taken the next step with a few candidates that we believe are a possible fit for the needs of Covenant by way of conference call and skype. We have been focusing on one particular candidate the last few weeks. We are still very early in these steps but trust that God is directing our steps. Please continue praying for the committee as we discern God’s will for our next pastor.
 
 

May 11, 2017

The Church Information Form(CIF) is completed, approved, and made available on the EPC website (https://www.epc.org/mso) to pastors who are seeking positions. We have also begun sending that to candidates who have been referred to us.
 
If you have any candidates in mind please refer them to a committee member, contact the church office, or direct them to the EPC web site. Referrals are quite often the means of finding the correct candidate.

We have already received some Pastor Information Forms (PIF’s) and have begun studying them. Please pray that we will ask the appropriate questions, have the appropriate answers, and be able to discern God’s will for Covenant.

 

March 30, 3017

The committee has been meeting now for 2 months. In that time we have had meetings with Pastor Makari, Pastor Chris Curtis who is our liaison from the presbytery, and Pastor Bob Stauffer who also works for the presbytery. All of them have been extremely helpful in getting us headed down the right track.

We have spent time in prayer and bible study together at our meetings. We also covet your prayers. We believe we have been called to an important and difficult task that we cannot succeed in unless we are in tune with the leading of the Holy Spirit. Please be praying that God makes us aware of the qualifications needed at Covenant and who He has called to be our pastor.

We should have the Church Information Form(CIF) completed in the next few weeks. That is what we make available to pastors who are seeking positions. It is a 12 page document that describes the position, the characteristics of Covenant Church, and the characteristics we are seeking in a pastor. That will have to be approved by session before it is posted.

After the CIF is complete we must spend time refining the profile of the candidate we are seeking so that when we start evaluating candidates we are unified in the qualifications that we are seeking. Please pray that we will ask the appropriate questions, have the appropriate answers, and be able to discern all of that as it happens.

 

February 22, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Pastor Search Committee was formed during the Congregational Meeting on January 29, 2017. The elected representatives were Jim Braymer (Elder), Andrew Hargest (Elder), Sean Zippie (Deacon) and members at large Aaron Weese, Cathy Costello, Beth Work and Andrew Reading. At this time the team has begun meeting in February 2017 and initiated the search process with the Presbytery of the Alleghenies (EPC). The team would appreciate your prayers for guidance and discernment as they go through this process.