Be involved in the search process

The Pastoral Search Committee, formed in October 2016, is eager for the Church of the Servant community to participate in the search process for our senior pastor. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  • Pray for our search process
  • Share a scripture text that you would encourage us to dwell with as part of our work
  • Share wisdom about our search process
  • Share insights about our congregation’s life and mission that could help us in our search
  • In time, help us identify potential candidates for our open position (we haven’t yet developed the job description, so we’re not ready to receive names)

We welcome your insights and encourage you to communicate with our committee using this form:


As a committee, we will give prayerful thought to each communication we receive. Though we will not be able to respond personally to each message, we plan to report to the congregation at several points in our process. We will also be giving an update at each council meeting. In January, February, and March 2017, we are offering other forums for congregational participation and discernment (details below).

Thanks so much for assisting us by sharing your prayers, wisdom, and insights.

Pastoral Search Committee
Priscilla Brink
Todd Cioffi
Eve Clayton
Carol Harris
Ginger Hollemans
Margaret Mwenda
Jamie Skillen
Maria Beversluis van Leeuwen
John Witvliet, chair

Documents from April 2017


Pastoral Search Process: Questions & Answers
How is the pastoral search team approaching its work? How is our Basic English Service community included in the search process? What are we learning about pastoral searches today? What is the timeline of the pastoral search process, and how can the congregation participate? Find answers to these and other questions in this document.

COS Search Team Learning Sessions: A Summary
During January, February, March, and April, the Pastoral Search Team held eight learning sessions with the congregation to explore topics and needs related to our search for a new pastor. Several sessions included guest speakers who helped us examine the topics. This document summarizes the themes and comments that emerged from each session.

Verses in which we are dwelling as the Lord guides us in the discernment process. We invite you to dwell with us in these scriptures, or add others using the form above. 

1 Peter 2:5-9 — “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood … that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Acts 5:12-42 — This is the story of the apostles being jailed by the Sadducees for healing people, then being sprung from jail by an angel of the Lord who told them to teach in the temple courts, and then being brought before the Sanhedrin, where Gamaliel advised his colleagues to let the apostles go so they wouldn’t find themselves “fighting against God.”

1 Samuel 16:7 — “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Philippians 2:2 — “Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”

Acts 8:30-31 — “Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ Philip asked. ‘How can I,’ he said, ‘unless someone explains it to me?’ So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.”

1 Corinthians 1:10 — “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

Psalm 127:1 — “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”

Hebrews 13:20-21 — “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus … equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.”

Philippians 1:9-11 — “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 — “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all …. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation …. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”