Here is a quick Q & A to respond to some recurring questions.
Q: Why are we presenting the congregation with only one candidate instead of multiple to choose from?
A: Presenting more than one candidate could be divisive for the church. Our constitution states that the search team must provide a single candidate to the church for approval.
Q: What ever happened with the all church survey?
A: The search team took the results, combined it with other criteria, and provided it to Converge P3 to use to screen applicants. Those in the resulting candidate pool reflected the traits that the church body and leadership were seeking.
Q: How thoroughly did you vet our final candidate?
A: We had three rounds of interviews. We performed background checks and reference checks. We visited his current church. We evaluated theological and missional alignment. We had an independent leadership & psychological evaluation. We evaluated many recorded sermons. We evaluated his ability to impact a community with the Gospel. We evaluated his ability to develop leaders within the church.
Q: How did you reach your final decision?
A: Each individual of the Search Team and Elder Board independently and unanimously endorsed a decision to present our final candidate to the congregation.
Q: Why won't you release our candidate's name?
A: This is simply a matter of courtesy to our candidate. He is actively pastoring another church. He would like to be the one to communicate to them once our decision is affirmed by the members. Making his name public prior to the candidate weekend could circumvent that.
Q: Who can vote?
A: Only Grace Fellowship members are allowed to vote, per our church constitution.
Q: What happens if we don't get a 75% affirmative member vote?
A: We will re-post the job, seek new applicants, and start over again.
Q: Where can I read the church constitution?
A: It's published on our website, gracefellowshipmn.org under About, Who We Are.