Worship Pastor Search Updates

June 18, 2017 Update

Dear NorthRidge Family,

We are excited to share with you that our search process for a Worship Pastor has come to completion.  On Sunday, Nicki Watts, one of our search team members announced that we will be having a candidate to present to our church family on this coming Sunday, June 25, 2017.  This search process has been a tremendous journey in working with this team. The Search Team that has been seeking God’s direction is as follows; Charlene Abney, Ed Newberg, Heather Reuter, Nicki Watts, Junior Daley, Diane Hill, and Dale Price.  I have been greatly blessed by this team and their determination to seek God first in every step.  You can be proud of them.  I sure am.  Thank you, team, for your partnership in this endeavor.

Our search process has introduced us to close to 100 candidates, many of whom are very qualified and could lead our music ministry well; but our task was to find the man God was preparing for NorthRidge; and the man He has been preparing us to receive.  Two weeks ago we brought the final candidate here to meet and to spend some time in worship with our Praise Team.  From all that we could observe, this was a very positive experience for him and us alike.  Therefore, we are honored to announce that we will be bringing Steven Von Stein and his family to visit our church this coming Sunday in view of a call. Steven is married to Allison and they have 3 boys; 9, 4, and 2.  He and his family will arrive on Thursday to prepare with the Praise Team for worship.  He will then lead us in worship on Sunday.  At the end of the service, we will enact the Unity Process to allow you as a congregation to approve of his call to NorthRidge.

In an effort to offer a more personal meeting of Steven and Allison, we will host a “Meet and Greet” in the Foyer and Fellowship Hall with light refreshments on Friday, June 23 from 6 to 8PM.  I would like to invite you to drop in and introduce yourself and ask a question or two.

June 1, 2017 Update

Representatives of the search team are currently visiting candidates on the ‘Short List’ at their current churches in order to get a better feel for their worship style and to get to know them better. In addition, we are checking references.

It’s our prayer that we hear God’s voice in all decisions. A ‘Perfect Fit’ for NorthRidge Church? “Please, Lord, YES!” A ‘Perfect Fit’ for the Worship Leader and his family? “Please, Lord, YES!” It is equally important that NorthRidge calls the worship pastor God has chosen for US, and that the Worship Pastor is where God wants HIM to be.

As we continue the search process, the ‘Short List’ will be narrowed to one candidate who will be invited to visit NorthRidge. There could be two possible outcomes. Hopefully, the search team, deacons, and leadership will prayerfully agree that God is calling this candidate to become linked with NorthRidge. At this point, the candidate will be presented to the church for the Unity Process to make his becoming our Worship Pastor official. A second outcome is that either NorthRidge or the candidate decide that God is leading in a different direction. If that happens, we will consider applications sent to us after the deadline of March 31st and/or reopen the position for advertising.

May 3, 2017 Update

The search team met April 9th to review applications. Emails were sent to the candidates we aren’t pursuing, thanking them for their interest in NorthRidge and prayers for God’s blessing in their continuing efforts to serve the Lord. Emails were sent to the remaining candidates, asking them to indicate their continued interest in the position and their availability for a phone interview.

On April 23rd, we divided applicants we’re pursuing and assigned them to teams of search team members. Phone interviews were held via conference calls. We met April 30th to seek God’s direction as we discussed candidates and information gleaned from phone interviews. Decisions were made: Who will we interview in person? If the applicant lives out of state, who will travel to their current work location to observe him ‘in action’, and ask/answer questions. This is a huge step for the church AND the applicant.

Who is God calling to NorthRidge? Please be in prayer that God’s voice be heard by the search team and the applicants.

April 4, 2017 Update

The application window closed on March 31st.  The Worship Pastor Search Team met on April 9th and prayerfully went through all applications received. The candidate list has been narrowed down and the team is currently reaching out to potential candidates to verify current availability and interest in our position.  The Search Team asks for continued prayer through this process for both the team as well as the candidates.

March 30, 2017 Update

The search team is in the process of evaluating resumes to identify applicants that potentially are a good fit for NorthRidge Church. First interviews will be conducted by phone.

This month is dedicated to seeking God’s direction and hearing His voice. Our timeline and plan is to find the person God is calling to be our worship pastor from the applications we received, on or prior to March 31st. However, our plan isn’t always God’s timeline and plan. ‘Our Verse’ this month will be Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will direct your path.” We need discernment, God’s wisdom, and His leading to know who He is calling to NorthRidge Church. Please pray that we don’t try to fit God into ‘our plan’ and that we listen to Him!

February 23, 2017 Update

Worship Pastor: Up to this point, several job titles have been used to label the position we are seeking to fill: Minister of Music, Worship Leader, and Worship Pastor. The title that best defines what this person will be doing is Worship Pastor. A worship pastor, under the supervision of the senior pastor, is responsible for the overall ministry of worship as well as sharing pastoral duties (visiting hospitals and the homebound, etc.), assisting in planning and conducting special services (weddings, funerals, etc.), and responsibilities in audio/visual technologies. From this point on, we will use the title Worship Pastor in our communications.

The open position of Worship Pastor was posted last week. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2017. The position is being advertised nationally via online job boards, professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, and at seminaries. We encourage you to share our landing page with friends on social networking sites such as Facebook. Spread the word!

How to be “In the Know”

  • Seasons of Prayer pamphlets will provide monthly updates.
  • “What’s New at NorthRidge” weekly emails will include a bullet for Search Team communications.
  • Announcements will be made periodically during the Sunday morning services.
  • Our website (www.northridgehc.com) has two landing pages.
  • For Our Congregation: This page includes status updates, Season of Prayer attachments, and a search team email address which you can use to contact the entire team.
  • For Interested Applicants: This page includes a church profile, job description, and directions on how to apply for the position.
  • Talk to a Search Committee Member: Charlene Abney, Diane Hill, Ed Newberg, Dale Price, Heather Reuter, Junior Daley, and Nicki Watts.

January 22, 2017 Update

The team read a book titled Search by William Vanderbloemen in order to create a common foundation for the task ahead. Meetings to review the book and to determine important points were held January 22 and February 1. An all-day retreat to map out a timeline and plan of action will be held in February. Decisions made at the retreat will drive the next steps as the team works through the month of February.