Pastoral Search

Important information for IUCC Pastoral Search Committee candidates

Please read before submitting your questionnaire. You can submit through the website (see form below) or by filling out a questionnaire and returning it to the church office or by email to iucc@iucc.org.

A committee of 5-9 persons, representative of the diversity of the congregation, will be selected by ballot at the Spring Congregational Meeting from among those who submit their names to the Nominating Committee.

Persons interested in serving on the Pastor Search Committee should consider the following.

  • The search process could last 12 – 18 months;
  • Committee meetings will be frequent, and may be lengthy;
  • Committee members will also do considerable work outside of committee meetings, including
    • helping to create information about our congregation (for use by potential candidates);
    • writing, reading, and evaluating candidate materials; and
    • interacting with candidates and referees.

There are a number of qualities and attributes that are key for those wishing to serve on the Search Committee for the Permanent Pastor of IUCC.  Individuals should have:

  • a passionate commitment to the church
  • a positive attitude
  • a capacity to approach the task with openness rather than a pre-determined agenda
  • a sense of integrity and respect for others
  • an ability to be absolutely confidential
  • a capacity to listen, to participate in a group, and to come to a consensus

In addition, an individual wishing to be considered for the Search Committee should be:

  • a member, and an active supporter of the church as demonstrated by worship attendance, financial support, and participation
  • trusted and respected by the congregation
  • willing and able to make this responsibility a very high priority in terms of time and effort

NOTE:  This information comes from the UCC Search and Call Process

A committee of 5-9 persons, representative of the diversity of the congregation, will be selected by ballot at the Spring Congregational Meeting from among those who submit their names to the Nominating Committee.

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