FROM THE CHAIR
OF THE SEARCH COMMITTEE
As a child, we played “Party Line.” The first person whispered something to the second person, who would then whisper to the next person, what he heard – or thought he heard. By the time “the whisper” got to the last person, what he/she had heard bore little resemblance to the original sentence. Recently, someone told me she heard the Search Committee was about to decide between two finalists. I wish that were true, but it is not. We are just gathering names to contact to see if they are interested in being a candidate for our position.
When I have initial conversations with possible candidates, I have a list of congregational positives that I mention.
- We are the rare congregation that doesn’t have a family, individual, or group that makes all of the decisions.
- The vast majority of our members realize – and are willing – to do things differently so that we might survive and thrive.
- The vast majority of our members are ready to put personal preferences aside for the good of our congregation.
- We may be going through a difficult time – but we have always achieved everything we have attempted – and we will this time.
- We are a Disciples of Christ congregation – through and through – and recognize that we are not fundamentalists, evangelicals, independents, etc. We believe that God calls women to service equally to men – and are not secondary Christians; that when science and faith disagree, we need to re-examine our faiths – God creates and science describes; the Bible was written by men – not God – who were expressing their love for God; and that God is not angry, looking for ways to exclude people from Divine Grace.
- Because God loves all people unconditionally, we are called to love and help all people – unconditionally.
- We believe in an educated clergy – and laity.
- We have an excellent facility.
- Our people are fortune and exceedingly generous.
- We are close to the advantages of Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati and yet, have the advantages of a wonderful small community – and a great university!
- Our congregation has found its greatest ministry in reaching out helping our local community.
- Richmond grew 33% between 2002 and 2018.
And the list goes on and on!