With Scott Huie getting ready to leave us at the end of May and head off to Nashville, folks often stop me to ask how the search process is going for the new youth staff person. While I can't break the confidentiality of our process, I can speak in general terms.
I tell them that I think it is going very well. This is a great search committee elected by the congregation and made up of parents, youth advisors, and youth. Everyone is working hard and wants to do this as quickly and as effectively as possible. No one wants to waste any time. And yet we do not want to unnecessarily hurry the process. We want to find the right person to minister to and lead our youth in the coming years. We believe our youth, both those present and those to come, are precious in the sight of God. We are committed to taking the optimal amount of time needed in order to find the right person for our church.
We have been reading through a bunch of resumes. In the Presbyterian Church we call them "PIFs" or Personal Information Forms. We evaluate each one as to whether we believe this person could be the right youth leader for us. If we all agree that there is significant potential, we then set up an interview, and off we go!
One of the results of our changing world is how digital platforms play a major role in the interview process. Resumes can be electronically submitted and read quickly. Interviews can be conducted through Skype. You can google a candidate and find out a lot about them - sometimes more than you really want to know. And yet I believe that God is still at work in this discernment process. Each meeting of our search committee begins and ends with prayer for God's guidance.
So please keep us in your prayers daily. We need them. Thanks!
Prayer for Today
Gracious God, we know that you are at work in our church. Please guide this process so that we can find the right person, and he or she can find us. We thank you that you already know who that will be! Give us patience and perseverance in the process. We pray this in strong name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.