Introducing the Senior Minister Candidates
We trust that you all are embracing the new year with grace, love and peace. We are super excited to inform you that the Senior Minister Candidating Committee has identified three outstanding Senior Minister candidates for your consideration!
Our finalists are below.
As we approach the final leg of our ministerial search, it is critical that each of you be a part of this process. We ask for your continued prayer and affirmation, your time and your attention as we welcome each of the prospective candidates to our center.
Each candidate has been invited to to join us for a weekend beginning later this month. During the visit, each will meet with various ministries and groups as well as you, the congregation. In addition, each minister will give a Sunday message and follow with an afternoon workshop, so please mark your calendars for the key dates below:
- February 24 & 25
- March 3 & 4
- March 10 & 11, and
- March 18th
It is important to that every active EBCRS member be present and involved as much as possible during this time. The Saturday receptions will offer an opportunity to meet and freely engage with each candidate. The Sunday service and workshop will give you a chance to see each minister in action. After the Sunday programs, you will be asked to complete an evaluation. This feedback, along with your energy and input will play a critical role in the selection process.
After we have heard from all candidates, we will reconvene at our Annual Meeting to vote for our next Senior Minister. In order to vote, you must be an active member of East Bay Church, having completed Member Orientation, been approved by the Board of Trustees and participated in a noticeable fashion in the last year or so. (see By-Laws Art. III). If you are not sure of your membership status or require an absentee ballot due to illness or travel, please contact our Board Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each minister’s visit will be well publicized. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is that EVERYONE participate in the search process. Please make a personal commitment to be fully present and involved in the activities on February 24 & 25, March 3 & 4, March 10 & 11, and March 18th.
Continue to meditate and pray on your desires for our next senior minister as you contemplate our Sacred Prayer:
The highest Purpose of my New Minister is to glorify God, I therefore know that my New Minister is a Revelation of God as WISDOM, I further know that my New Minister is the fulfillment of that which has been promised by God… As I stand in agreement with my beloved Community, I see my New Minister revealed before me as AN EXPRESSION OF DIVINE LOVE IN ACTION. I now intend to experience my New Minister in full cooperation and agreement with my community…
It has taken a lot of time, attention and prayerful focus to get us to this point. Our Candidating Committee has gone above and beyond and I thank each of them for their service and commitment. Join me in extending gratitude to the committee members: Amar Casey, Chair, Tina Combs, Precious Green, William Pegg, Sharon Porter, RScP, Richard Scott, RScP and Carol Johnson Williams, RScP.
This is a wonderful opportunity for us as an invigorated, loving and strong church family. Let us come together in knowing that we are divinely guided, that we share a common goal in revealing our right spiritual leader to minister to us. We are Better Together!
We are grateful for your continued support of our spiritual community.