Many of you have been asking lay leadership lately, what is Sean’s status with us and how can we make a deeper commitment with him to remain our minister?
In response, the Board of Trustees has convened a Readiness to Call task force, at the request of the Committee on Shared Ministry, to explore the congregation’s collective experience of Sean’s ministry and whether we are ready and in broad agreement to call him as an associate minister.
This work – a series of congregational and small group meetings to talk about our experiences of Sean’s ministry and to understand the profound difference between hiring an assistant minister and calling an associate minister — will begin shortly, but before we can begin, we need to clean up an ambiguity in the church bylaws that was confusing 5 years ago when we discovered that we wished to call Gretchen Haley as our associate minister.
We need to change these bylaws so that it is clear that we do not need to conduct a full, year-long, outside search when there is an inside candidate for an associate minister position.
At the congregational meeting this Sunday, Sept. 30, at 1 pm, we have asked the congregation to vote on this clarification. The proposed change is to add the text in bold to the existing article IX (which is in italics.)
Article IX, Section 3, Item #1: Methods of Selecting Ministers.
- Search Committee. In the event of a vacancy in the Senior Minister or an Associate Minister position, a Congregational meeting shall be called to elect a seven-person Search Committee and establish a budget. A Search Committee is not required when an Assistant Minister currently employed by Foothills is considered for calling as Associate Minister.
Please join us at Sunday’s meeting to vote on this change and to hear about and from the architectural firm the church has chosen to design our major expansion and remodel of our campus!
Thank you for being a part of Foothills,
Chair of the Readiness To Call Task Force