The Lead Pastor Search Committee met on May 22nd at AVERA on Louise.


Opening Devotions and Prayer led by Brad VanKalsbeek


Reminder to pray for the future pastor and his family.


Opening Discussion

  • Brad expressed thanks to committee members

  • Brad emphasized the importance of confidentiality – continues to be important with applications submitted and interviews underway

  • Minutes from last meeting were approved

Search committee continues to follow and review CRCNA document “More Than a Search Committee


Phase I – Preparation – complete


Phase II – Reflection – complete


Phase III – Nomination – remains in process


  • Lisa reported that she had received three informal nominations over the last week

  • Brad shared Van’s report of a phone call with a current applicant

  • Brad has upcoming calls with two additional nominations
  • Brad provided updated information regarding an applicant’s application
  • We will renew the RCA job listing ad for another 90 days
  • Committee briefly discussed updates on potential candidates, those nominated and those that have formally applied

Phase IV – Evaluation – in process


  • Extensive discussion regarding first-round interview questions. (interview questions will not be included in minutes as minutes are posted on the webpage)

  • Committee will meet in a conference room at Avera on Louise for all interviews

  • Discussed dividing second-round the questions inot in-person interview and written responses/answers

  • Discussed whether second interviews should be via Webex or in-person

  • A committee member volunteered to make calls to candidates who we are no longer considering
  • Brad will continue to send a post-interview email/call to candidates after the first or second round of interviews and provide and update on the next steps
  • Advanced planning and logisticswill be important. Process may be modified dependingn on travel distances for candidates


Next Steps/Action Items


  • Continue to watch/listen to services and sermons from applicants’ home churches.

Next Meetings are set as follows:


  • Tuesday, May 30, 5:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 6, 6:00 p.m.-Candidate Interviews


    • Monday, June 12, 2023
    • Wednesday, June 14, 2023
    • Thursday, June 15, 2023

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Brad VanKalsbeek

Chair – Lead Pastor Search Committee

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