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Pulpit Committee Reports

Calvary Memorial Church


The first Sunday of each month the Pulpit Committee will provide a progress report on the search for a Senior Pastor. Below is the transcript of these reports listed by the most recent at the top.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Pastoral Search Committee meetings have begun. The committee has had two meetings thus far and will be meeting at least twice-monthly moving forward. Monthly updates will be provided in the services on the first Sunday of each month. We want you to be informed so that you stay in the loop and can be praying for us. We also plan, in short order, to have a page on our website that includes these regular updates in case you’re not here on the first Sunday of the month.

The members of the Pulpit Committee are: Allen Bernthal, Dona Davidhizar, Brent Rieger, Kimya Tuama, Victor Van Santen, Beth Spisiak, Clyde Lundgren, and Chris Jahns.

Calvary's Church Constitution details the process for the formation of the Pulpit Committee for which you voted a month or so ago. The Committee is formed now. The Pulpit Committee is tasked with evaluating potential candidates based on the job description and guidelines provided by the Elders, and eventually will vote to recommend a candidate to the Elders. The Elders will review and vote to recommend the candidate to the congregation. The candidate will be presented to the congregation for a vote. The call of a Senior Pastor by the congregation requires a 3/4ths affirmative vote of voting members at a meeting.

Right now the Elders are finalizing the job description and discussing ministry priorities. Meanwhile, the Pulpit Committee is working well together. As many of you know, we have, for the first time in Calvary’s history, an internal candidate, Pastor Gerald Hiestand, who has expressed interest in the position. Pastor Gerald Hiestand, the Elders, and the Pulpit Committee will continue in further discussions and consideration with him in the months ahead as we lay the groundwork for the search. We want to honor Pastor Gerald’s God-given call and leading in his life, just as we would with outside candidates, so we would appreciate your patience and understanding. We all want what is God’s best, and we are confident that the Holy Spirit will be leading us as we prayerfully discern, discover, and move faithfully through the process.

We covet your prayers. If you have questions, please talk with one of us on the Pulpit Committee and we’ll do our best to answer, or send an email to .

Chris Jahns, Chair of the Pulpit Committee