Call Process Updates
June 10, 2018
Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in our Congregational meeting this past Sunday.
Grace Lutheran Church voted to call Pastor Timothy Taylor to be our Pastor.
Stay tuned for details on when he will begin his call and other transition items. A huge thank you to all that helped in this process: the Mission Site Profile Task Force, Call Committee, Council and other Grace members and mission teams.
Called Congregational Meeting – Sunday June 10, 2018
A Congregational Meeting has been called for Sunday June 10, 2018 immediately following the 10 AM worship service.
We will be voting on the following:
- To call The Reverend Timothy Taylor as Pastor
- To vote on a compensation package for Rev Taylor
All confirmed members are requested to participate in this important decision.
Save the Date – Meet Pastor Timothy Taylor
Saturday, June 9th: Ice Cream Social Meet & Greet- 2 to 5 pm
Please come to meet Pastor Timothy Taylor. Bring the whole family!
Thank you for your ongoing prayers as we move through this very important and exciting process. Today and every day, may Christ be our light!
Laureen Wacenske, Chair of the Call Committee
May, 18 2018
Dear Grace Members,
Having the opportunity to search for Grace’s next pastor has truly been an honor and a labor of love. Throughout the process we have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit as we focused on finding a pastor who possesses the characteristics and competencies to lead our church in the top tasks and ministries identified during the congregational study last May. It is with great enthusiasm the call committee, along with Grace’s staff and church council, recommend Pastor Timothy Taylor to the congregation as Grace’s next pastor!
Pastor Tim, with a wealth of experience in his 25 years in ministry, a passion for sharing the love of God through worship and service, and a vibrant and genuine personality, has embodied the mission of Grace Lutheran Church in all that we have experienced in these past couple of months. Fellow call committee member, Eddie Weaver, said that in our conversations with him he could hear and feel the love and the spirit of the Lord in his responses to our questions and that his high level of energy is felt when you first meet him. A mentoring pastor from Pastor Tim’s seminary days who remains close to Pastor Tim describes him as the friendliest person he has ever met. And another pastor, who went into the ministry inspired by the lives of Pastor Tim and his wife, Sharon, who is also a Lutheran pastor, shared that Pastor Tim knows no strangers!
With a huge heart for people of all ages but most especially young people (and will serve along with his wife as the chaplains for the upcoming ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas) and senior citizens, Pastor Tim is drawn into ministry as a “TEAM” player … often saying that together everyone achieves the mission of the church! He has expressed great excitement for all Grace’s ministries and has shared that his favorite verse from Scripture is from Micah 6:8 … “He has told you, O mortal what he requires; that you do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.”
We are eager for everyone to meet and get to know Pastor Tim. In the next few weeks you will have this opportunity as we prepare to vote as a congregation on whether or not to issue Pastor Tim Taylor a letter of call to be Grace’s next pastor together in mission with each one of us.
May God’s all encompassing grace and peace be with us as we move forward in discerning His Will for our beloved Grace Lutheran Church.
May, 11 2018
Dear Members of Grace,
It is with great joy that the call committee shares that Grace has a primary candidate for the Lead Pastor position. This means that the candidate has agreed to not be in conversation with any other call committee until this possibility is resolved. Also, Grace’s call committee will consider no other candidate until this candidate’s call is either extended or fails to come before the council or the congregation for a vote.
Council members will have the opportunity to meet the primary candidate this week. If after meeting the candidate the council votes to recommend the candidate to the congregation, a meeting will be set to introduce the candidate to the congregation. Ultimately the congregation will make the final decision with a written ballot giving an approval by a 2/3 majority of the votes cast required to issue a call.
Please continue to keep the call process in your prayers as we seek to fulfill the work of the Holy Spirit!
Grace’s Call Committee interviewed both candidates whose names were most recently given to the committee by the synod office just prior to Holy Week.
One of the candidates mutually agreed with the committee after the interview that Grace was not a good fit with the candidate’s gifts and interests in ministry though it was interesting to learn about the candidate’s accomplishments in mission development.
After conducting two interviews with the other candidate the committee has found that this candidate’s strengths, interests, and competencies compliment Grace’s vision for mission extremely well. This candidate has shared a lot of enthusiasm for Grace’s ministries, and we are eager to continue being in conversation with this candidate with a third meeting planned for this coming week.
We are grateful for your ongoing prayers and have great faith in the work of the Holy Spirit guiding us forward.
Sources of Candidates:
- Recommendation from synod office (Bishop Tim Smith, Assistant to the Bishop and Son of our Congregation Phil Tonnesen, and Call Process Coordinator Sandra Cline.)
- Recommendation from members of Grace
- Other sources such as: church visits, social media, the “Living Lutheran” magazine, family and friends of the congregation, and the ELCA synodical data repositories.
In total we have brought 8 nominated names to the synod office. One was a seminary graduate not assigned to our region, and the seven others, though appreciative of our nominations, were not actively seeking a call and elected to remain in their current ministries.
The Call Committee continues to accept and encourage nominations from within our congregation. Forms are found in the church office and should be submitted to my council mail slot in the office.
Candidates have been a diverse group of people … male, female, younger, older, in state and out of state.
Here is a brief summary of the outcomes to all of our interviews to date
- One of the candidates declined our offer to continue the conversation after the first interview because the candidate said Grace was too much like his current congregation and he was ready for a change.
- One candidate pulled out of the process due to personal reasons unknown to us.
- All the other candidates we interviewed were committed to ministry and very interested in Grace, however their areas of expertise and ministries of interest were not fully reflected who we think Grace is as identified by the congregational study
The interview process has included visits to the candidate’s church during worship services, and conversations with references.
Upcoming Interviews: In the past couple of weeks your call committee has been given the paperwork for two candidates from the synod office with whom we have set up first interviews this week.
Rest assured that your call committee is looking for the candidate who best embodies the top ministries, experiences, and gifts identified during our congregational study. We specifically look for someone who will feel like a part of the Grace Church Family and who will enthusiastically work side by side with the congregation and staff leading us forward as we live out our mission seeking the fullness of life in Christ for all people.
Grace’s call committee has conducted initial interviews with leading candidates and is awaiting additional pastoral profiles from the Synod. A large number of congregations throughout North Caroline are going through the search process and there are a limited number of candidates open to call. We encourage your nominations of potential candidates for our review.
Our call committee has been carefully and prayerfully reviewing the first group of candidate profiles. We are scheduling initial telephone interviews with the most outstanding candidates.
The Call Committee participated in a 10-hour training facilitated by NC Synod Office representatives Tom and Ethelyn Hegele.
Grace’s Call Committee is installed by Pastor Sloop.
The committee met with the Synod’s call process liaison and received the first names of pastoral candidates and their profiles. They will meet this week to set up interviews.
Council meets and discusses additional information requested by the synod office to enhance our Ministry Site Profile (MSP).
Council and members of the Call Committee meet to go over the first draft of the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) with members of the Ministry Site Profile Task Force. Council meets to revise the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) and votes to submit the document to the ELCA by the end of the month.
Call Committee Chair Laureen Wacenske announces at worship an update on the Ministry Site Profile (MSP), expresses gratitude to the members of the MSP Task Force for all their hard work on the document, and shares that a copy of the MSP will be available for members to review in the church office as well as Nominations for Pastoral Candidates forms (for any member to complete and submit to her Grace office mail slot).
The ELCA communicates that Grace’s Ministry Site Profile (MSP) has been received and shares that it will be posted to the ELCA’s listing of “Current Openings” as soon as the synodical bishop approves it for posting.
Council seeks and considers all nominations for the call committee. By the end of the month the council votes upon and announces the following people who agreed to serve as members of Grace’s Call Committee: John Hefner, Sharon Herrmann, Brittany Notch, Elliott Smith, Mason Thomas, Laureen Wacenske, Matthew Waddell, and Eddie Weaver.
Congregational Study – May 2017
NC Synod Bishop Tim Smith facilitates our Congregational Study with members filling the Fellowship Hall for the event. Those unable to attend were encouraged to send in their responses individually. All responses were tabulated and shared with the congregation. Responses are placed in the narthex on a poster titled Congregational Meeting – Grace Lutheran.Congregational Study Summary
Council creates a Ministry Site Profile Task Force to collect information required by the ELCA and synod office for the Ministry Site Profile (MSP).
Grace celebrates Pastor Michael and Judy Frye’s 16 years at Grace at worship and a farewell luncheon on Sunday the 26th and a festive dinner party at the Wake County Shrine Club on Friday evening of the 31st with many members and friends in attendance.
Grace’s Council met with NC Synod Bishop Tim Smith to learn about the call process. Pastor David Sloop is named as Grace’s Interim Pastor to begin in April.
Pastor Michael Frye sent a letter to all members of Grace announcing his retirement effective March 31, 2017.
Thanks to our MSP Task Force
The first reading of the completed MSP (Ministry Site Profile) occurred on June 13th. The MSP Task Force, who has the task of filling it out, presented it to the Council and Call Committee members who were in attendance.
Great work has been done by the group of Corrie Ingall, Barbara Oates, Kary Hemmingway, John Hefner, and Laura LaBlanc, with contributions from Lynn Hess, Charles Breeding and Mark Anderson. A little tweaking will be done before the Council Meeting next Tuesday the 20th, at which time the Council will vote to accept the MSP, and send it to the ELCA to be posted on their website.
This document will be the first tool to introduce Grace Lutheran Raleigh to possible candidates for Lead Pastor. The document will be available here after next Tuesday’s council meeting for your review. Many of the answers about who we are came from the responses at the Congregational Meeting the Bishop conducted. We will keep you posted on what is happening as we move forward with the call process.
– Tommy Oates, Council President