A Season of Transition

Our Lead Pastor John Johnson, has retired from his position after 16 years with Village. We are grateful for the time and leadership he has given us over these years and wish him and his family the best as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

 

Seasons of transition can be exciting, difficult, surprising and emotional. This is no different for our Village community. We anticipate God continuing to direct us in being the church He asks us to be throughout this season of transition and want to ensure you have all the information about Village’s process.

 

To see the job posting for the Lead Pastor position, click here.

August 2017 Update (Posted August 1, 2017)

 

 

We have several candidates at various places in the process. We continue to welcome new applicants from our community’s network! If someone comes to mind, please refer them to the job posting and application or, if you’d prefer, contact Scott Robinson, Search Committee Chair, and he or a committee member will reach out proactively.

 

Mosaix Global Network, the outside consultants we’ve engaged to ensure our pool of candidates is wide enough, continues to contact many potential candidates. Please pray Mosaix staff will deeply understand Village and have success in referring candidates to us this month.

 

We currently have one high-quality candidate who is in the “reference check” stage of the process and two others who are scheduled for Skype interviews soon. We have several others scheduled for phone interviews.

 

We continue to communicate monthly via email to our prayer support team, to Life Group leaders via an email from the Chairman of the Elder Board, and to the congregation in collaboration with the Director of Community Connections & Communications who distributes updates via the bulletin and all-church emails on a regular basis. We work with church staff to offer updates during worships services about once per month. We know this level of communication will be too much for some and not enough for others. We are certainly open to your feedback!

 

Please pray for committee members to have diligence and drive as we continue our work despite summer activities/trips. We meet 2-3 times each month with duties (i.e. interviews, reviewing material) between meetings. Pray for God to use the search process to draw everyone involved closer into relationship with Christ. Candidates, the committee, and the congregation each will face different emotional and mental challenges and, similarly, opportunities to grow.

 

A reminder of the process: Each applicant submits a resume, cover letter, and answers a short questionnaire. Qualified applicants then complete a phone interview. A candidate in the next stage submits a philosophy of ministry, affirms our doctrinal statement and reviews our bylaws. We then listen to sermon samples, hold a Skype interview, and check references. Then we conduct face-to-face interviews, including a site visit and a conversation with the spouse, and personality assessment tools.

 

July 2017 Update (posted on June 26):

 

  • We gave updates in all services and also met with the Hispanic Fellowship. (An update was provided for Korean Fellowship in May.) We continue to communicate monthly via email to our prayer team, to Life Group leaders via an email from the Chair of the Elder Board, and to the congregation in collaboration with the Director of Community Connections & Communications who distributes updates via the bulletin and all-church emails on a regular basis.

 

  • Please pray for committee members to have energy and faithfulness as we continue our work despite summer activities/trips. We continue to meet 2-3 times each month with duties in between meetings.

 

  • Pray for God to use the search process for growth in candidates, the committee, and the congregation. And that each of us will see the  value in the journey as well as the destination!

Timeline

 

  • Data Gathering Phase
    • Focus Groups, Staff Interviews, All-Church Survey: March-June 2016 (completed)
  • Transition Milestones
    • Finalize Summer Plan: May-June 2016  (completed)
    • Celebrate Pastor John: June 17 from 7 to 9 pm in the Sanctuary  (completed)
  • Lead Pastor Search
    • Finalize Lead Pastor Search Committee: June-September 2016  (completed)
    • Develop Lead Pastor Candidate Profile: July 2016 (completed)
    • Update job description and determine application process: August-September 2016 (completed)
    • Develop and release Lead Pastor job advertisement: October 2016 (completed)
    • Begin accepting and reviewing applicants: November 2016 (ongoing)

Committees

 

Along with our leadership team—our Elder Board and Advisors to the Elder Board, Pastors and Directors—Village has appointed three committees to determine the next steps in our transition season process and the spiritual needs of our church.

Transition Committee:

 

  • Dave Lewis (Chair)
  • Dan Crawford
  • Elizabeth Howard
  • John Jordan
  • Insil Kang
  • Rob Lee
  • Jen Spickelmier

Search Committee:

 

  • Scott Robinson, Chair (Elder, Vice-Chair of the Board)
  • Ben Spotts (Elder)
  • Melissa Williams (Adviser to the Board)
  • Paul Choi (Pastor)
  • John Jordan (Pastor)
  • Mariko Gilman
  • Ron Henricksen
  • Jennie Peabody
  • Judy Post

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are we looking for in the next lead pastor and who should apply?
A: Please see the job posting at employment.vbconline.org, which includes the position overview, duties, requirements, and application instructions.

 

Q: Where is the information from the church-wide survey and focus groups?
A: Our consultants, Nancy Moore and Associates, have compiled our data from the church-wide survey and you can find the summary in English, Korean and Spanish. A more detailed version is available for viewing at the Front Office.

 

Q: How will this transition affect me and my experience at Village?
A: We are blessed with a church full of dynamic and diverse ministries. Our mission will not change. Thus none of our current ministries and areas of focus will change. All of our current weekend programming and weekly gatherings will continue under the direction of our Pastors and Directors.

 

Q: What is our process to find our next Lead Pastor?
A: We want to be thorough and discerning of God’s direction in our process to find our next Lead Pastor. We have conducted a church-wide assessment as well as focus groups. The data will help the Search Committee identify our future Lead Pastor and assist us in church planning.

 

Q: When will we have our next Lead Pastor?
A: There is no set date, nor can we forecast exactly when we will find our next Lead Pastor. Although the average church takes 12-24 months to find a Lead Pastor, we continue to optimistically aim for late 2017.

 

Q: What can I do?
A: Pray with us as we move through this season. Explore the gifts you possess and use them to serve others and the church. Attend and engage in our weekend services. Give generously of your time and treasure.

 

Q: I have more questions; who do I ask?