Two months have passed since our last Call Committee update to the congregation at the Annual Meeting. As was mentioned at that meeting, we are in the interviewing phase of the call process, talking with candidates that we receive from the Central States Synod staff. We have had interviews with multiple candidates, in some cases multiple discussions with certain candidates. The Call Committee continues to be optimistic, and believes that God is working through these candidates toward an outcome in alignment with God’s plans for Trinity.
The near-term steps in the process can be summarized as follows:
If/when the Call Committee settles on a preferred candidate, and he/she indicates that they would be willing to commit to coming to Trinity, the Call Committee will make a recommendation to the Trinity Council.
The Trinity Council will then evaluate the recommendation, and if they agree will arrange a visit to Trinity for the candidate in order for the congregation to get a chance to meet him/her.
If after that visit all still looks favorable, the Trinity Council will schedule a congregation meeting to vote on extending a call to that candidate.
Once the candidate formally accepts that Call, he/she will work out a transition date with their current congregation and Trinity.
As you can see, this process takes time. UCLA basketball coach John Wooden used the expression “Be quick, but don’t hurry.” The Call Committee is as anxious as anyone to move this along. However, even if all proceeds well with someone on our current slate, you can add up the time required for each of the steps above and see that we are still several months away from completing this process.
We appreciate your patience and prayers and will keep you all informed as things move forward.
The Trinity Call Committee