• Sunday Life Groups at 9:00 am; Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 am

      Our committee welcomes your input and thoughts. The committee asks that if you have anything to share, please reach out to search committee chair Breton Williams. You can see Breton at church, call or text him on his cell at (563) 212-4372 or email him at [email protected]

      Thanks for your past, present and future prayers for the Journey Search Committee.

      Things are going well. We have strong interest. We have met with and continue to meet with great applicants. We have interviewed people from the State of Washington to east of Iowa. We have had direct interaction with over 30 applicants.

      We aren’t able to share more information because of all the applicants that are involved. Some churches know their current pastor is looking and some don’t.

      Please continue to pray for the person God has selected to be the next pastor for Journey Church. Please continue to pray for the congregation and for the search committee members.

      The search committee values and appreciates your prayers for the committee, our next pastor and for the entire congregation. Thank you for your past, present and future prayers about this.

      The search committee has moved to the Interview phase. The first round of interviews are being conducted digitally via Zoom. Following a second round of digital interviews, things will move forward with face-to-face interviews.

      If you want to invite a pastor you know to apply for our position, please reach out to Breton Williams, Journey Search Committee chair, at (563) 212-4372. You can call or text that number. You will be emailed a special link to forward to the pastor you have in mind. If that pastor has an interest, they will then follow the system set-up by the search committee.

      Ideally, please contact (563) 212-4372 soon enough so information can be provided prior to Dec. 31st. If that timeline can’t be met, your outreach is still greatly appreciated.

      Thanks for your past, present and future prayers for the search committee, the person God has already selected to be out next pastor and for the congregation as a whole.

      October 17, 2021

      Journey Congregational Survey

      Thank you for completing the Journey Congregational Survey. We received more surveys than we anticipated – the response was exceptional.

      Much appreciation to you from the search committee and the elders.

      There is clear direction & unity amongst the church body – that is exciting to see.

      Interview Materials

      The survey results were the final piece that we needed to complete all of interview materials – from writing the employment ads to the verbiage of the interview questions. (Thank you for you help!)

      Your survey responses help the committee to accurately represent what our congregation is looking for in our next pastor and guides us through our interviewing & due diligence process.

      We look forward to sharing the survey specifics with you, our church body, once the new pastor is hired. If any of the survey material were to make it in the hands of any candidate interviewing with us, it will taint the complete interview process.

      Next Steps

      The open pastor position will be advertised. As responses are submitted, the committee will consider which candidates to then interview.

      After placing the ads and reviewing responses, interviews with candidates will begin.

      Please Pray

      • The committee and the due diligence necessary for us to properly represent our congregation and to effectively interview the candidates that God sends our way.
      • The pastor that God has chosen for us.
      • The congregation as a whole.

      August 15, 2021

      Congregational Survey

      • Survey for members and regular attenders only
      • Separate digital survey for high school students
      • Survey can be mailed directly to you, if you wish
      • August 22nd – There will be a time allocated for you to complete the survey
      • August 29th – Those absent on the 22nd can complete the survey
      • Sept. 5th is the last day to turn in survey

      Survey Details

      10 questions around these topics:

      • Needs pertaining to you personally at the present
      • Attributes of your future pastor
      • Attributes related to preaching style and sermon content
      • Pastor job responsibilities

      The Committee Needs Your Help!

      1. Pray for the work of the committee & the pastor God has selected
      2. Provide your input
      • Complete the survey
      • Email [email protected]
      3. Look for updates in the newsletter, from the pulpit, on the church website and on social media

      July 25, 2021

      The Journey Pastor Search Committee (JSC) team is up and running and is making good progress. Our committee has established that there are 6 Primary Phases in the process of interviewing, selecting and hiring our new pastor.

      1. Organize Committee

      Get the committee up and running, assign roles, set the structure, etc. All of this work is complete.

      2. Information Development

      Building a congregational survey, designing our pastor ad, compiling information on our church and our community and then placing the ad in the right places to get the right candidates. We are currently in this phase.

      3. Prep to Meet Candidates

      Developing the pastor questionnaire, set the interview structure, build the questions and establish exactly how we will evaluate candidate responses.

      4. Meeting & Interviewing Candidates

      The process of selecting candidates that could be a good fit, reaching out to them and having the initial interviews.

      5. Get to Know the Candidates

      Some candidates will be one interview and done, but others will start into a path of in-person interviews, reference & background checks, with some moving forward to visiting our church and doing sermons.

      6. Offer and Acceptance

      The final phase where Journey Church makes the candidate an offer and the details of their move are worked out.

      Our committee is made up of 12  – Andrew Eslick, Isaac Decker, Joy Lower, Dennis Lauver, Ann Reed, Micah Cewe, Scott Smith, Jeremiah Haas, Marybeth Giddings, Wendy Yoder, Nate Eslick, and Breton Williams.

      Our committee meets every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month and is currently working in Phase 2, wrapping up the details of the congregational survey. The purpose of the congregational survey is to provide us with useful information about what the congregation needs, and to get your input about the pastoral attributes our church body may be looking for. We are making great progress on our survey and hope to have it in your hands in 4 weeks. When you receive our survey, please know that your feedback is critical.

      We ask that you please pray for the committee, for the pastor God has already selected for our church and for the church body. 

      Look for updates from our committee in the newsletter, from the pulpit, and periodically in the church bulletin. We plan to soon have information on the church website and Facebook page.

      Our committee welcomes your input and thoughts. The committee asks that if you have anything to share, please reach out to search committee chair Breton Williams. You can see Breton at church, call or text him on his cell at (563) 212-4372 or email him at [email protected] 

      On behalf of everyone on our JSC Team, know that we are all fully committed to finding the individual that God has already selected to become our next pastor.