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Co-Lead Leadership Transition

November 17, 2021

Wayzata Community Church Members,
This week the Co-Lead Minister Search Team began reviewing resumes of strong candidates for the Co-Lead Minister Team with Danielle Jones. As the committee interviews candidates over the next couple of months, this is a time of transition and anticipation.  You are invited to be an active participant in this process by praying for our church, our members, Danielle Jones and our wonderful staff, our search team and our future Co-Lead Minister.

Below is a prayer written by Rima Torgerson that we invite you to fold into your prayer time in the days to come. This wonderful prayer may be a guide for you as we pray for God‘s wisdom and direction in this time of great importance for our church.

Gracious and Loving God, please hear our prayers for:
The Search Committee —  For the renewing of their minds and the seeking of God’s guidance and will in every step of their work. For clarity in their discernment of God’s call and for them to work together in ways that honor each person and demonstrate love.

Our Church— For all of us to have patience and a commitment to wait for God’s timing. For our congregation to continually abide in the love of Christ and love one other with that love. For our church to begin to open our hearts to the new ministerial team. For our church to remain healthy and steadfast during this transition period. For us to continue to seek to inspire the world with the inclusive love of Jesus.

Our Current Minister Team — For strength and assurance for Danielle Jones, as she carries a heavy load in this time of transition. For our new Associate Minister, Dan Stark, as he transitions out of his current congregation and embraces WCC. For Danielle and Dan to be fully supported by our congregation. For their hearts to be opened to the new minister who will join them in God’s work at WCC.

Our New Minister— God you alone know who this person is! We pray that God will begin to turn this new minister’s heart toward our congregation and that this person and his or her family will be strengthened by God’s grace.

In God’s name we pray, Amen.

Thank you!
Dick Minors
CLM Search Team Chair

Webb Friedly
Lydia Botham
Rima Torgerson
Brandon Moore
Anne Sample
Chris Paulson
Rev. Lindy Purdy
John Hallberg
Jen Hawley

November 1, 2021

An Update from the Co-Lead Minister Search Committee

Last month the Co-Lead Minister (CLM) Search Team updated the congregation on our work and our progress. And now it is time for the next congregation update.

Search Firm and Search Team Update
Mike Goldsworthy, our search firm consultant with the Slingshot Group, shared that there is strong interest in our CLM position! Many candidates have been very complimentary of Wayzata Community Church’s history, our staff, and our ministries. It appears that we have a very positive reputation within, and even outside of, our UCC community! To date, Mike has had many conversations utilizing our “must have” list of personal characteristics, traits, and competencies. Those “interested and interesting candidates” are currently completing their profiles for further search firm review and vetting.

By mid-November, Mike will forward to our CLM Search Team a slate of 3 to 5 very strong candidates. During late November, early December, and January, the CLM Search Team will be interviewing and discerning, with the focus of narrowing that slate of candidates to a final group for consideration.

Not too Late
Over the next several weeks, Mike will continue to evaluate candidates and as appropriate could still send us additional profiles. Please know that if you, our members, staff, or friends, are familiar with possible candidates, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at dminors367@gmail.com.  We are conducting a national search and many times it’s our members or staff that are very aware of possible excellent candidates for this position!

So, In the meantime, please stay tuned!  We will provide another progress update by early to mid December. And again, thank you so much for your continued trust and patience with your Search Team in this process. And, please feel free to contact any of our Team if you have questions as we continue with this most important work.

Thank you!
Dick Minors
CLM Search Team Chair

Webb Friedly
Lydia Botham
Rima Torgerson
Brandon Moore
Anne Sample
Chris Paulson
Rev. Lindy Purdy
John Hallberg
Jen Hawley

September 17, 2021

An Update from the Co-Lead Minister Search Committee

Dear Wayzata Community Church Members,
I want to provide you with an update on the progress of the Co-Lead Minister (CLM) Search team. It has been nine weeks since our team formed and began our work. Steps we have taken during this time include:

Finalized Co-Lead Minister Structure
We met with church leadership and the strategic planning team to review their recommendations of the Co-Lead Minister model for WCC.  We then researched other churches that use this model. We also met with a church member who had used a co-lead model to manage her very successful business venture. The response from each firmly supported this model for our church. Our team identified and discussed this model’s many potential challenges as well as the positive benefits for the congregation, the clergy, the staff, and our various ministries. We then unanimously agreed to move forward with our search, utilizing this new structure.

Hired Search Firm
A subcommittee of our group took 4 to 5 weeks to interview and assess the qualities and strengths of eight search firms that specialize in church ministerial and nonprofit fields. From those eight firms, we narrowed the field to two excellent firms and then chose the SlingShot group to represent us. SlingShot and their search consultant, Mike Goldsworthy, provide many strengths to guide and assist us.  Previously, Mike had years of experience as a youth minister, and followed that with many more years of experience as a senior minister. Recently, Mike completed a search for a senior minister in a very large UCC church in the Midwest. That recent search experience will be helpful to Mike and SlingShot’s understanding of our theology and culture and can be immediately leveraged to benefit our search as well. While we are very pleased to have secured this resource, we also recognize the importance of networking and sourcing leads provided by members of our congregation and the Search committee.

Developed a Wayzata Community Church Profile and a Co-Lead Minister Profile (Click here to read the profile)
Over the past weeks we have developed a complete WCC profile and a complete Co-Lead Minister profile with responsibilities, talents, competencies, experiences, passions, and personality traits. We felt that our list of needs could only be successful if we also knew the same important information of our current Co-Lead Minister, Danielle Jones. With Danielle‘s approval we carefully reviewed her recent competencies assessment information, interviewed her, and with this information we are now confident we can identify the right person to partner with Danielle to successfully lead Wayzata Community Church.

Organized Search Firm Meeting at WCC September 18 and 19
This week the CLM team is refining all of the extensive information and documents about WCC to share with Mike Goldsworthy and the SlingShot Group. Mike will visit and meet our church members, our ministers, our staff, our leadership team, and our CLM Search Team on September 18 and 19.  Mike’s visit, coupled with all the background information created, will be reviewed and refined by SlingShot into an impressive candidate marketing tool.  Near the end of September, Mike and his team will start posting our information and recruiting candidate resumes. They will then review and assess the individual candidates, and when appropriate, begin the interview process. They will “cast a net far and wide”.

Next Steps
Stay tuned!  The CLM Search Team will have more information to share with you on the progress of our search by early November.  At that time we will start assessing and reviewing 4 to 6 extensively vetted candidates from SlingShot and we will start our own very focused interview and selection process.

On behalf of your CLM Search Team members, know that we appreciate your trust and your patience in us and this process.

Thank you!
Dick Minors
CLM Search Team Chair

Webb Friedly
Lydia Botham
Rima Torgerson
Brandon Moore
Anne Sample
Chris Paulson
Rev. Lindy Purdy
John Hallberg
Jen Hawley

June 28, 2021

Dear WCC Members,
As we announced a few weeks ago, the church has begun to form a Search Committee to select our next Clergy Leader.  Per our Constitution, at their June 15 meeting, the Church Council authorized our HR Director, Dolores Urban, to gather names for that Committee to recommend to Council.

We have received recommendations for prospective committee members from clergy, staff and the broader congregation, and have begun to reach out to potential members. We are looking to form a Committee that represents the broad interests and membership of our church – members of all ages and stages in life, diverse interests and backgrounds, and members with different longevity at the church.

In addition, we have already connected with the Steward for Search and Call at the MN UCC Conference for their guidance and support.  The conference team has access to both local and national resources that will aid in this process.  In addition, we have had preliminary conversations with a small handful of search firms that specialize in clergy searches, and will continue to evaluate this resource for our search.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to email us at pastorsearch@wayzatacommunitychurch.org

Thank you for your support and prayers as we continue on this journey.  

Meg Good                     John Hallberg
Moderator                      Vice Moderator
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