Search Committee

A Message From Our Search Committee

The Lord has entrusted us with a most sacred assignment: to find an Associate Pastor for Holy Communion Church.  Our faith community has been richly and continuously blessed by the workings of the Holy Spirit since our inception five years ago.  We now feel the call to look towards the future and prepare for the next generation who will worship and praise God in our beautiful and welcoming church.

We are confident that through daily prayer and continued openness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Lord will send us the person He wants to help carry out the mission of Holy Communion Church.

Everyone is encouraged to pray until God unmistakably provides our church with the Associate Pastor He has chosen to serve His people!

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”  (Luke 1:37)

Attributes We Are Looking For in Our Associate Pastor Candidate

WE ARE PRAYING FOR:

A candidate who is young and vibrant, who has some pastoral experience.

One who has the energy and a special desire to draw in and minister to our children and young families.

Interested in a full time/long term commitment to the Church

Who has a deep seated belief and love for the “Real Presence” in the Eucharist

A candidate who is passionate and fully committed to their Divine Calling to the Priesthood.

A candidate firmly grounded in Christ’s Biblical messages with the gifts to share them with the congregation in a meaningful way.

Believes in the preservation of all life from its very beginning until the very end.

A candidate with an open heart for “Outreach” providing Spiritual, Emotional and Physical support for Church members and those in need in the community.

A candidate with the capacity and gifts, to be a loving, respectful part of the team with our Pastor and the lay leadership, shepherding our members with love, humility, a sense of humor and a joyful spirit, welcoming all into our Church Community.

A candidate who understands and opens their heart with love and compassion to those who have suffered abortion, divorce, addiction, violence, prejudice and other difficult life situations.

A candidate with an impeccable character who exhibits a Christ-like character both publicly and privately.

If married, the candidate’s spouse has a strong commitment to the priest’s ministry and is willing to be a partner with them in their service to the church and community.

Search Committee Updates

(beginning with the most recent announcement)
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OCTOBER 1, 2019
SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE
Our search for a new full-time associate pastor is beginning to gain traction in that we have one potential candidate who is currently in discernment about his pastoral call, and who reached out to the Committee after seeing our job posting on the internet. Although he has not formally applied for the position, we have had several discussions with him, and he is intrigued by the HCC opportunity. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, is in his mid-40’s, is married, has 4 children ranging in age from 11 to 18, and has been a youth pastor and music director for 11 years. This individual is currently working on a Master of Divinity Degree, which he is scheduled to complete in May of 2020.
 
We sent an introductory letter and our job posting to 46 Catholic monasteries & retreat centers in hopes that the Holy Spirit may help us reach a priest who may either be in transition or is in discernment about his future with the Church. We continue to post our job in the online version of the National Catholic Reporter and will be posting it on churchstaffing.com in the near future.
 
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Committee, along with our advisory members, Father Jim and Rev. Cathie Young, have unanimously agreed to formally expand our search to include potential candidates from the Anglican tradition. We are blessed that Rev. Cathie has graciously agreed to lead this effort on behalf of the Committee. We pray that Cathie and Philip’s extensive contact network in the Anglican community will bear fruit and bring us several qualified candidates. The liturgy and sacraments of the Anglican Church closely mirror those of the Catholic Church. A priest ordained in the Anglican tradition could transition and be incardinated as an Evangelical Catholic priest with relative ease.
 
The Committee has developed an interview and hiring process timeline, and we have finalized two sets of interview questions for use with applicants who we decide merit going through our selection process. Importantly, we have also begun to work on a fund-raising plan to determine the best way to obtain the additional financial commitment required of our members to support the hiring of a full-time Associate Pastor.
 
We remain confident that the Holy Spirit is at work on behalf of our beautiful church, and we so appreciate your continued support and prayers.
 
SEPTEMBER 8, 2019
SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
AUGUST 25, 2019
SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE
It has been four months since our search for an Associate Pastor began and the Search Committee has certainly felt the prayers of the whole community! As you can see on our website, we have cast our net far and wide. We have recently reached out to Catholic monasteries and retreat centers to see if they might share our job posting with clergy they might be hosting. We do not know how much longer we will have to wait but we trust that the Holy Spirit will answer our prayers and bring us a candidate consistent with His plans for our Church.
 
Some of our members have suggested that Father Mark could fill this position. In response, we would draw your attention to the Church website where you will find a list of the important attributes the Committee has prayerfully established for the position. In the Committee’s opinion, Father Mark does not meet several of the most important of these. Given this and other considerations, including his continued goal of being a full-time educator, the Committee does not see Father Mark as a viable candidate for this position.
 
Looking at the goals and aspirations of our church, the Search Committee continues our prayerful quest to find the right person God is calling to walk with our congregation and to lead us into the future.
 
JULY 7, 2019
JUNE 30, 2019
OUR GOAL IN FINDING AN ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Holy Communion Church is blessed to have two wonderful priests in Father Jim Radloff, the Lead Pastor, and Father Mark Hebert, our visiting priest.  Father Jim is in his late 50’s, and Father Mark is in his middle 50’s.  Father Jim has survived colon cancer twice and is now in good health.  Father Mark has recently completed his PhD in Education, and his career goals are still to be a full-time educator and part-time priest.
 
HCC is currently searching for a full-time young priest to serve as our associate pastor.  The Associate Pastor will focus primarily on working with our youth and young families, plus lead our efforts to recruit other young families to join HCC.  Additionally, Father Jim can help mentor and develop the Associate Pastor to someday become the Lead Pastor.  Importantly, this will ensure that HCC continues to have strong pastoral leadership for at least the next 25-30 years. 
 
This longevity assurance will hopefully pave the way for some of our existing members to consider making endowment gifts or legacy gifts in their estate plans to help ensure the long-term financial security of Holy Communion Church.
 
JUNE 23, 2019
FINDING AN ASSOCIATE PASTOR
The search process for our new associate pastor is gaining momentum.  Although we have not yet received any formal applications from our first priority target group, that being ordained Roman Catholic priests, we are gaining traction in our effort to get our Job Posting as much external exposure as possible.
 
We have thus far focused our search on former Roman Catholic priests who were forced to leave the priesthood because they elected to get married.  We have successfully networked with a number of individuals and organizations who support displaced Catholic priests.  Several of these have agreed to publicize our Job Posting on their website and distribute it to their members.  Many of these have also committed to pray for the success of our search, which is heartwarming. 
 
As a committee, we remain completely open to guidance from the Holy Spirit and we trust that, through our diligent effort and prayers, the Lord will bless us with that person He wants to help lead Holy Communion Church both now and well into the future. 
 
Please continue to pray for the success of our efforts.
 
APRIL 21, 2019
FINDING AN ASSOCIATE PASTOR
The members of the Search Committee have finalized the job posting for the position of our new Associate Pastor, and it is now available on the HCC website here:  www.holycommunionbend.org/jobs
 
We will also be posting this on as many relevant media and advertising outlets as possible.  We welcome everyone to spread the word about our search at this exciting time.
 
The Holy Spirit has certainly been instrumental in the growth and development of our wonderful church over the last five years.  Your search committee, Rod Wimer, Judy Uriz, Lorchid Macri and Robert Parkinson feel strongly that we must continue to remain open to His guidance through prayer and submersion in God’s Holy Word.
 
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
 

Reports To The Church Council

(beginning with the most recent report)
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JUNE – JULY 2019
Our effort to find an Associate Pastor continues.  Although we have received interest from several individuals, none of them met the qualifications we have established for the position.  We have continued to expand our search network by focusing on those organizations and individuals who support displaced married Roman Catholic priests; however, we believe that we have identified and been in contact with most, if not all, of these groups.  We also have had exploratory discussions with two highly-regarded church pastoral search firms to assess their capability to conduct a search on our behalf.  We found that these firms have little or no experience conducting searches for ordained Roman Catholic priests, nor do they have any Catholic priests in their extensive staffing data bases.  Further, their expertise does not come cheap; the total cost of a search leading to a candidate offer would likely be at least $25,000!
 
During this period, we added the following organizations to our search network.
 
ROMAN CATHOLIC WOMEN PRIESTS
A new model of ordained ministry in a renewed Roman Catholic Church.
 
ECUMENICAL CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF AMERICA
An independent Catholic Diocese and a communion of local churches and ministries.
 
GOOD SHEPHERD COMPANIONS
A Catholic pastoral ministry carrying on the mission of Jesus.
 
ECUMENICAL CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF NEW ENGLAND
A spin-off diocese from the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America.
 
Over the next several weeks we will be focusing our efforts, along with the rest of the HCC congregation, on daily prayer utilizing the booklet “Prayers for an Associate Pastor”. 
 
As a committee, we have come up with the first set of 15 questions we would ask a potential candidate.
 
We will be developing a second set of questions to be used in the second round of the applicant screening process, and we will evaluate further expanding our search network by contacting Catholic Monasteries and Retreat Centers on the West Coast.
 
We have also been in contact with the HCC Planning Committee to discuss the merits of conducting a joint congregational survey to gauge the pulse of our community on important matters related to our Associate Pastor search.
 
One item we feel is of critical importance is the willingness of our congregation to consider priests ordained in other faith traditions that believe in the “real presence” of Christ in the Eucharist, who would be willing to be trained to say Mass using the Roman Rite, and who would meet the requirements for incardination as an Evangelical Catholic priest.
 
Please continue to pray that we will be successful in our effort to find the person God is calling to help lead our Church into the future.
 
 
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APRIL – MAY 2019
Our effort to find an Associate Pastor has been underway since April 10th, 2019.  In that time the Committee has met three times and shared our Letter of Introduction and Job Description with the following organizations & venues:
 
LINKED-IN
A professional internet job search website.
 
NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER
An online and print Catholic Publication.

CALL TO ACTION
A Catholic organization of priests and lay people with a similar mission to ours, working to make the Catholic Church more welcoming to all.

WHITE ROBED MONKS
A Benedictine order of monks, independent of Rome, who take the Sacraments to the people, wherever needed.

CITI MINISTRIES
A Lay Organization calling married or resigned Roman Catholic Priests back into ministry, taking the Sacraments to the people.

CORPUS USA
Reform Group in the Catholic Church committed to working for renewal of the priesthood for married and single men and women.
 
FEDERATION OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
Focus on helping Faith Communities to network with one another.

ORDER OF FRANCISCAN ECUMENICAL
Advocates for a Married Roman Catholic Priesthood.

LEAVINGTHEPRIESTHOOD.COM
An online forum to assist Roman Catholic Priests transition to secular life.

THE HCC WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE
Our local way of sharing news and updates through the internet and social media.
 
To date we have had many conversations with various people in these organizations, who have expressed a willingness to pass the word among their contacts.  However we have not been approached by any viable candidates thus far.
 
We are hopeful that an ordained Catholic Priest who fits our needs will come forward soon!
 
In the meantime, please pray about other possibilities that we may consider including ordained Catholic women priests, or priests ordained in other faith traditions that believe in the “real presence” in the Eucharist or Holy Communion (i.e. Anglicans and Episcopalians).  Any candidates that we determine meet our requirements will be subject to the approval of the Church Council and our congregation.
 
Please continue to pray that we will be successful in our endeavor to find the person God is calling for our community.  We continue to look for more venues for our job posting.  Let us know if you can think of any other resources we might engage to spread the word in our search.
 
 
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