Pastoral Transition: 2016-2017
Rev. Susan McKnight has served as the Pastor of the Warren United Church for the past 15 years and retired from her pastorate on December 4, 2016. Our Search Committee kicked off their work in April 2016. They ask for your prayers as they journey with God to discover who He has chosen to continue to lead this mighty little church.
Warren United Church Profile
June 20, 2017:
We have had one very strong candidate that we met with and observed preaching at a neutral pulpit this month. We are currently moving forward with that candidate to determine possible timing, ask follow-up questions and continue with prayerful discernment. Please keep the Search Committee in your prayers as we work toward the next steps.
January 3, 2017 Update:
The Warren United Church Pastoral Search is ongoing through this New Year. We were thrilled with the arrival of our new Interim Pastor Kurt Shaffert in the beginning of December; the timing of which was divine! He plans to be with us for six months before re-evaluating his and the church’s needs (no, we can’t keep him forever). Kurt has worked diligently on getting to know all of our church family along with their hopes, dreams and fears for the future. We look forward to his insight as we carry on with God through this process of eventually finding our new settled pastor. Kurt is gently moving us towards a way of church life that is less dependent upon the pastor for everything and more resourceful within the church team or family. We are prayerful that in God’s timing, our settled pastor will come into view. When that person does appear before us, we should be on even stronger footing and provide a smoother transition for the new pastor. As always, we are grateful for your continued prayers.
December 2, 2016 Update:
We have received nearly 20 pastoral applicants so far! There are many fantastic people reaching out to this church. The committee independently & prayerfully reviews each profile and then collectively shares their thoughts at the weekly meeting. The next step is listening to a sermon by the applicant, followed by a phone or Skype interview. Although it seems we have not yet found our next pastor, we have learned a great deal since our start in April! We have recently been blessed with the arrival of Kurt Shaffert... he will be our Interim Pastor for the coming months. With Rev. Susan's retirement, there will be a few edits done to our church profile (this is the document on the National UCC Network that describes our church and the pastoral opening). The Search Committee will reconvene after Christmas to continue to discern whom God is bringing to us! As always, we ask for your prayers.
October 7, 2016 Update:
The Warren United Church Pastoral Search Committee, on behalf of the congregation, has been prayerfully at work since April to discern who God has in mind for the Warren Church. We have received 14 pastoral profiles since the start. Although some applicants remain under consideration, we are going forward with the VT Conference UCC to ensure that there will be consistent pastoral coverage until a settled, permanent pastor is found.
The VT Conference has encouraged our congregation to view this short video below while we await our next pastor. We will be showing the video in the sanctuary on January 29, 2017.