To help launch your search for your next pastor, the Northern California Nevada Conference offers to provide leadership for a process by which your entire congregation can have energizing, positive input to guide your Ministerial Search Committee.
Day of Discovery implements the process of The Appreciative Way, a congregation-based version of Appreciative Inquiry, a widely used system based on the assumption that in every organization something works and change can be managed through identification of what works and the analysis of how to do more of what works.
Day of Discovery invites all members and friends of your congregation to come together and discuss their love of the church, the values and practices that have sustained your congregation, and hopes and dreams for the future that all can share. By beginning to identify a future direction based on past successes and common values, your leadership and search committee has needed information to find the best pastoral leadership to take you where you want to go.
Day of Discovery includes a congregational meeting of approximately three hours in length. Ideas will be suggested to get input from church members who are unable to attend and maximize participation of those who cannot be present for the entire event. It is recommended that the event be held on a Saturday morning or after Sunday worship with a simple lunch provided.
Consultant costs for your Day of Discovery and follow up with your consultant are covered by the Conference as part of the services provided to assist you in successfully completing your pastoral search process.
Local Churches who have participated in a Day of Discovery to launch their pastoral search, or as a visioning tool at any point in the life of the church, have experienced a heightened sense of positive energy for their future work. Their direction is clearer because the Appreciative process is based on past successes, the best experiences of members, positive qualities that are already present, and shared dreams for the future.
Your consultant for your Day of Discovery event will assist in a study of the collected information with your governing board, your Ministerial Search Committee, and the Associate Conference Minister who will be supporting your search. This information will inform the content of your Local Church Profile, which is viewed by potential candidates, and will give your search committee specifics to look for when reviewing ministerial profiles of potential candidates.