The most recent Call Committee meeting took place this past Monday, one day after the first Sunday of Advent. As the Church enters this season of waiting for the arrival of Jesus, we recognize that Pilgrim has been and continues to be in its own season of waiting for the arrival of a new lead pastor.
Waiting can often feel difficult (or at the very least unpleasant), but waiting can also be hopeful. In fact, the Old Testament brings these concepts together through its use of two Hebrew words that are translated as “hope”: one is yakhal, which means “to wait for,” and the other is qavah, which also means “to wait” and is connected to the feeling of tension and expectation you have while waiting for something to happen. We on the Call Committee recognize that the wait for a new lead pastor can be tense, but our hope is that it can be also filled with joyful expectation. Isaiah 40:31 reminds us, “but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” We hope this can be a time when Pilgrim continues to gather strength from our mission and our community so that when a new lead pastor does arrive, Pilgrim will be able to offer support and encouragement as we all continue our journey of faith and life together.
In the meantime, we want to assure you that while you wait, the Call Committee continues to make progress in our work. We have been busy crafting interview questions and we recently presented those to a mock candidate during a mock interview. Our next steps are to go over the feedback from that mock interview and use it to revise our questions and process. After that, our “prep work” will be complete and we will move forward with the formal interview process.
As always, the Call Committee is thankful for your prayers and that you are willing to meet us in the hopeful waiting.