Please know that at this point, unless an applicant has contacted us and asked to be removed, we have not removed any name from consideration. To date, we have had 16 of our applicants share that they have been called to ministry at other churches or sense God’s lead in another direction.
Before we began reviewing resumes, the team discussed what would be the most effective and fair way to evaluate each candidate. We decided on a process where each of the 5 members of our team would have the opportunity to read each resume. We felt strongly lead that every member of the team needed to look at every resume at least once during the process to allow the entire team to know our applicants.
We took each applicant's information, and made a separate folder for all 335 candidates with their information. We then divided them into packets of 25 applicants each. In groups of 25 at a time we felt we would be able to consider each applicant as an individual and still effectively read through all the resumes in a timely way.
Each team member evaluates each candidate based on our own thoughts as individuals and by items we as a team all agreed were important to consider. We each take personal notes for each applicant on a sheet prepared for each packet.
When we have completed this process, we will compare our evaluation of candidates to see what agreement and clarity we have as a team and then determine the next step forward. We will not make any decision about removing any name from consideration until that time. At any point we make a decision to no longer consider an applicant, we will notify that applicant.
God has granted us a wonderful privilege to consider and pray for this unique group of candidates who are each seeking God's will for ministry. We continue to pray for our candidates. We know this is an impossible task without the Holy Spirit’s leading. We trust God is clearly going to show us the next step, just like He has with each previous step in this process.
As we have shared with you before, if you have questions, or would like to share updates on your situation, please feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the church office at 772-461-4245 and a member of our team will get back with you as soon as possible.
In His Service,
Parkview Pastor Search Team