Open Door Community's Hiring Team initiated a hiring process starting in June of this year to fill the position of Pastor of Worship and Formation. Over the course of several months, we received 17 applications and engaged in conversations with 9 candidates and narrowed it down to two finalists. Last month, we decided not to move forward with either candidate and are currently re-evaluating our hiring process and considering next steps. Both final candidates were strong and compelling but Steward Team and Hiring Team were unified in believing that neither was right for our community at this time.
Throughout the process, the Hiring Team and Steward Team have felt a sense of peace and patience - the desire to wait for the right candidate who will become an integral leader in our community. We have experienced significant transition as a community over the summer and have realized the need to pause to listen to our family's voices and take time to let God help us re-imagine our hiring process, if needed. We will be hosting a "Living Room Session" on the evening of October 14th (location TBD) so that we can explore what God is doing in our community, allow space for reactions to the hiring decision and process and learn more about our needs for this new leader. We hope you'll make the time to attend, listen and share your perspective.
We know this news may be discouraging or disappointing; Steward Team and Hiring Team have certainly felt both of those emotions as we approached these decisions. However, we feel peace knowing God will call the right person to Open Door at the right time. We invite you to pray with us for God's continued guidance and join us on October 14th as we process together.
Please be in touch with any members of Steward Team if you have any questions!