Voting for our new Senior Minister by Jennifer Powell, BOT President

After receiving the news from the Foothills Ministerial Search Committee recommending the Congregation call Rev. Gretchen Haley as our Senior Minister, the Board of Trustees considered how and when that vote would take place.  The Board decided that the vote would be by written ballot cast by eligible church members in person at the Special Meeting of the Congregation called for 10:30 am on Sunday November 15, 2015.


The Board discussed possible alternative methods of voting, such as by mail or electronic ballot, particularly in cases where a church member had previous commitments and would be absent from church on November 15.  The Board agreed on the importance of members having an opportunity to participate in the events of the “candidating” week November 8 through 15, observe the candidate during the week, and review appropriate written materials from the candidate and the Search Committee.


In addition, the Board agreed that the process for an internal candidate should be the same as that which would be followed for an external candidate.  Therefore, the Board decided this important vote should be made in person by eligible members, who have signed the membership book on or before October 15, 2015, at the Special Meeting of the Congregation called for 10:30am on Sunday November 15, 2015.  The Board looks forward to attendance by as many members as possible.  Thank you.


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