Lead Pastor Search Process

Lead Pastor Search Team

Sue Fabbro (Chair), Ron Dahlin, Scott Huffman, Sue Nunan, Daisy Segal, Lisa Tyndall, Henry Villar, Grace Wang, Michael Wilton

How grateful we are for the hard work of the Nomination Committee! Moving forward, may we pray continually for wisdom, discernment, and unity for this Lead Pastor Search Team.

Latest Updates

June 14, 2022
The Search Team met to discuss current applicants in detail and decide on the immediate follow up actions with them. We also discussed other potential applicants to reach out to and finalize some important process and administrative decisions. The Search Team continues to welcome referrals from the congregation as well as your prayers for the Holy Spirit to lead this process.

June 6, 2022
The Search Team met with Jean Cheng Gorman, PSWC Director of Ministerial Health, to discuss our current status with incoming applications. We revisited the importance of confidentiality in our process as well as next steps to take in this process. The team continued to work on the interview process in preparation for future interviews. We continue to pray for the Holy Spirit’s movement and ask that the congregation keeps this process in their prayers as well. We welcome referrals from the congregation. If you know of a pastor who, after prayerful consideration, you think would be a good fit as Lead Pastor, please ask them to check out our website and apply if they are interested or send an email to Sue Fabbro at search@wearepcc.com.

May 16, 2022
The Search Team met to review, discuss, and incorporate the feedback received from the Covenant’s Pacific Southwest Conference for the Lead Pastor Job Description and PCC Church Profile. We expected to have this feedback earlier. As a result, the process of formatting and finalizing these documents will resume this week and be posted to PCC’s website and the Covenant website. The posting on PCC’s website and the Covenant website will be completed this week. We also established application screening and review teams with specific review processes and criteria. We continue to pray specifically for the Holy Spirit to give us unity and discernment as we complete this important milestone and to prepare the hearts of our future lead pastor and our congregation.

May 2, 2022
The Search Team met with some excitement and relief at completing the Lead Pastor Job Description and PCC Church Profile with an expected posting on our PCC’s website and the Covenant website this first week of May. We discussed additional places the Job Description will be posted as well as a strategy for recruiting potential candidates. In addition, the Search Team reviewed the process for receiving and reviewing applications including the development of a rubric for reviewing incoming applications. We continue to pray specifically for the Holy Spirit to give us unity and discernment and to prepare the hearts of our future lead pastor and our congregation.

April 24, 2022
After a period of prayerful discernment and review, the Search Team met to finalize the PCC Church Profile and Lead Pastor Job Description. We reviewed and discussed all of the input, edits and work done by the Transition Team with Tod Bolsinger from AE Sloan. After the documents are formatted into a publishable form, they will be posted on wearepcc.com and on CovConnect, the Covenant job posting website, in early May. We look forward to receiving and reviewing applications, and continue to pray for the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and discernment.

April 18, 2022
The Search team met to complete a draft of the Church Profile, that includes information and data gathered and fact checked by each team member over the past few weeks. This draft will now be given to the PCC Lead Team, Leadership Team and Pacific Southwest Conference leadership for review. We meet again on April 24 to finalize the Profile and Lead Pastor Job Description. We continue to be on schedule to post the Profile and Job Description in early May.

April 13, 2022
The Search Team met along with the PCC Leadership Team for our final session with Tod Bolsinger, PCC’s consultant from AE Sloan Leadership. This transition team (the Search Team and the LST), reviewed and refined the statements we will use to define who we are as a church, qualities we are looking for in a lead pastor, and priorities for the PCC Leadership team to tackle as we search for, and prepare to welcome, a new lead pastor. This information was garnered from data collected over the past 6 months; the church survey, listening groups, storytelling groups and community interviews. These final statements will be handed off to the Search Team to inform the lead pastor job description and church profile and will be communicated to the church body.

April 4, 2022
The Search Team met to review the data collected by various team members in an effort to complete the Church Profile. When the new budget is approved, the Search Team will have the remaining information and be near completion. After much discussion and information gathering, the team is on track to have the profile and job description completed by early May and ready for posting on the PCC website and with the ECC and other Church job boards. In addition, the search team voted to continue the search process with the support of the Covenant denomination rather than hiring an outside search firm at this time.

March 21, 2022
The Search Team met to put together a detailed schedule and task assignments for completing our Church Profile and Lead Pastor job description that will incorporate the work that AE Sloan Leadership is finalizing for PCC in mid April. Our goal is to have these completed by early May and ready for posting on the PCC website and with the ECC and other Church job boards.

March 14, 2022
The Search Team met along with the PCC Leadership Team for our fifth session with Tod Bolsinger, PCC’s consultant from AE Sloan Leadership. Referring to the data collected over the past few months; the church survey, listening groups, storytelling groups and community interviews, we began crafting a statement to capture who PCC is and our highest priorities. This statement will be integral in defining who we are to potential candidates as well as bring clarity to the qualities we are looking for in a candidate to lead our unique community here at PCC.

March 7, 2022
The Search Team met with a search firm that specializes in finding pastors for churches across denominations. We wanted to hear from them to understand their process and offering as part of our due diligence to define our Lead Pastor search process.

March 1, 2022
The Search Team met with Jean Cheng Gorman, PSWC Acting Superintendent. Jean explained, in detail, the process we will follow to post our Lead Pastor opening on the “CovConnect” board used by the ECC to post open positions in Covenant churches. Jean then described the recruiting process that is typically followed by Search Committees. Jean also talked about (in general terms) what she sees as the current pool of possible applicants within the Covenant. Finally Jean gave advice on vetting and considering applicants that are not licensed Covenant Pastors.

February 28, 2022
The Transition Team (Leadership Team and Search Team) met for our fourth session with Tod Bolsinger, consultant from AE Sloan Leadership. We reviewed the results from the Community Pain Point Interviews the Transition Team members conducted over the past few weeks. We found several common themes that came up from these community interviews and discussed how PCC’s unique personality and strengths can best meet the most prominent pain points in our community.  Finally, in preparation for our next session on March 14 and to begin our process of discernment, Tod charged us with praying Colossians 2:2 as well as for our new Pastor, and discerning the qualities we are looking for in that person.

February 21, 2022
The Search Team debriefed the recently conducted Community Pain Point Interviews that were submitted to AE Sloan the previous week. All congregational and community engagement experiences have now been completed. We also familiarized ourselves with resources available from our denomination, The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), including ECC Affirmations and Covenant identity and beliefs. The Search Team will meet with Jean Cheng-Gorman, our PSWC Acting Superintendent, on March 1 to gain understanding about the recruiting process and candidate pool in the Covenant. AE Sloan will facilitate Transition Team meetings on February 28 and March 14. At the final workshop with AE Sloan on April 13, we will receive their report about PCC’s identity (strengths, challenges, core values and unique character as a community) and engage in a process to discern God’s missions for PCC to further His Kingdom in Redwood City and the Peninsula. The Search Team will continue to work in March and April on drafting both the Church Profile and Lead Pastor job description which we expect to finalize in May.

February 9, 2022
The Search Team, along with the Leadership Team, met for our third session with Tod Bolsinger, PCC’s consultant from AE Sloan Leadership. First, we reviewed and discussed what we heard from the Storytelling Groups over the past three weeks. We universally agreed that these sessions were very uplifting and reminded and clarified for us the best of PCC. We also discussed the core values that were represented in those stories. Thank you to everyone who participated! We then were trained on how to conduct our next phase – Community Interviews. These will help us identify and understand the pain points in our community by hearing directly from our friends, neighbors, associates, etc., outside of PCC. Community Interviews will be completed and submitted to AE Sloan by Feb 16. We will regather on Feb 28 and March 14 to review the interview responses as well as discuss all the data gathered from each phase. We will work on drafting a report of PCC’s strengths, challenges, core values and unique character as a community, and begin to discern God’s mission for PCC in Redwood City and the Peninsula. We anticipate a final report in April.

February 7, 2022
The Search Team discussed the breadth of our potential candidate search, the recruiting process, and how we will post the Lead Pastor job description. We heard a report from a team member who had been tasked with researching the pros and cons of search firms and what they might have to offer us. We decided to invite a search group to present their offerings to us in a future meeting. We will also invite our Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) Acting Superintendent, Jean Cheng Gorman, to explain the candidate pool and recruiting process within the Covenant. We shared feedback from our Storytelling Groups in preparation for our Transition Team meeting on February 9 with Tod Bolsinger, our consultant from AE Sloan Leadership. Tod will be reviewing what PCC core values were identified in the Storytelling Group experiences and leading us into the next step in our process of clarifying PCC’s identity, which will be gathering feedback from the larger community. Finally, we discussed the status of the work to gather current factual information to update our Church Profile, so that we are working in parallel to the work being done with AE Sloan.

January 19, 2022
The Search Team met along with the PCC Leadership Team for our second training session with Tod Bolsinger, PCC’s consultant from AE Sloan Leadership. First, we reviewed and discussed what we learned about the strengths and challenges of PCC from our first two phases of congregation engagement, the Survey and Listening Groups. We received training on how to conduct our next phase, Storytelling groups. These will help us to clarify and distill our core values as a church. Storytelling Groups will be completed by Feb 6. If you would like to participate, contact info@wearepcc.com.

January 17, 2022
The Search Team met to discuss the process and began gathering information to complete an up-to-date Church Profile. This will include information on the current size, scope of ministry, mission, and values of PCC, and speak to who we are as a church. The team will begin compiling information as well as use the results of the Listening Groups (held December 5-16) to accurately reflect the current culture, priorities, and values that were expressed by congregants. The Church Profile will be submitted to our denomination, Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) and viewed by potential candidates.

January 3, 2022
Search Team meeting –  Enneagram training

December 5-16, 2021
Six listening groups were conducted with the greater PCC Leadership Team, PCC Staff, and 4 age/stage-related groups of PCCers. Two search team members sat in on each of the listening groups to observe and take notes. Their data was then turned over to AE Sloan who will present their assessment of the overarching themes to the Search Team and LST (“Transition Team”) to aid in discerning PCC identity.

December 2, 2021
Training by Tod Bolsinger, consultant with AE Sloan Leadership, Inc., on how Listening groups will be used to gain thoughts and perspectives about PCC’s identity, which is important for developing the Church Profile.

November 21, 2021
Search Team commissioned at both Sunday Worship Gatherings.

November 15, 2021
Search Team Training by Jean Cheng Gorman, Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) Acting Superintendent. Information included phases of the search process, responsibilities of the search committee including developing a church profile and pastoral job description. Jean will provide additional training as the search process goes forward, and will continue to be a helpful resource and partner.

November 14, 2021
Initial search team meeting to get to know one another and begin team formation.

November 10, 2021
After a thorough 2-month process of over 100 nominations and 30 applicants, the Nomination Committee has chosen the 8 individuals to join Sue Fabbro to be on our Lead Pastor Search Team. Our Nomination Committee was made up of John Becker, Brian DuBois, Karen Bowman (Chair), Stephanie Couch, Curtis Elia, Christina Lazzarini (Secretary), Josh Levinson, Jeff Sampson.

October 1, 2021
After an enthusiastic response of nominated individuals, the process was closed

September 13, 2021
Nominations were begun for Search Team members. PCCers were asked to nominate Stakeholders who were a representative group, willing to work together in mutual submission, and who would discern God’s will and direction.

September 2, 2021
Sue Fabbro was chosen as the chair of the Lead Pastor Search Team. Sue is also the secretary of the Leadership Team (LST).

May 2021
The Officers selected Brian H. Rhen to serve as Transition Lead Pastor for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

PHASE 1 — COMPLETE 

Nominate Search Team & Initiate Survey
September – October 2021

PHASE 2 — IN PROCESS 

Clarify PCC Identity
November 2021 – March 2022

  1. Search Team named and commissioned — DONE
  2. Training and planning for Listening Groups — DONE                    
  3. Listening Groups initiated with the congregation — DONE        
  4. Process and discern input from Listening Groups
  5. Report to congregation on:
    • Survey insights
    • Listening Group insights
    • Church Profile and Job Description
PHASE 3 — UPCOMING 

Initiate Search & Select Candidate
March – May 2022

This phase will take into consideration all aspects of Phases 1 & 2, as the Search Team conducts an extensive search to find the next Lead Pastor for PCC.



Every step of the way…

Our denomination will walk with PCC every step of the way. Pastoral staff within our Pacific Southwest Conference will train the Nominating Committee and the Search Committee. They will be available for discernment and guidance. 

Please pray for this process and for God’s leading as we step into this new chapter for PCC.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
-Romans 15:5-6

QUESTIONS?
Contact Search Chair: Sue Fabbro