Search Committee

Here’s the latest from the search committee.


Previous Updates

July 2, 2020:

The Search Committee believes we have found the person God intends to be the next pastor of Lake Ozark Christian Church.  He is a man of deep convictions, a warm personality and significant experience who will be recommended to the Leadership Council at their next meeting.  Pending their approval, he will be invited to preach at our church followed by a Special Congregational Meeting and vote (tentatively August 2).  Details will be sent to you by mail, email, and the Chimes.  We appreciate the trust you’ve placed in us and we’re thankful for your input and prayers throughout this process.

Jane Daniels, chair; Heather Hendon; Matt Redd; Rich Reinwald; Tom Robinson; Greg Weingart; Rich Wolfgang

June 18, 2020:

Since March the committee has reviewed a significant number of viable Ministerial Profiles.  In April and May the committee held several telephone interviews and one in-person interview with its top candidates.  Unfortunately, the interviews to date have not resulted in a “call”.  The committee has seen profiles of some very gifted candidates and is hopeful that one of them will turn out to be the person God intends to join LOCC in ministry.  Your continued prayers are sincerely appreciated.

April 8, 2020:

Despite being isolated from one another, your Search Committee has been hard at work.  In March we reviewed all the Ministerial Profiles sent by our regional minister, Rev. Dr. Paul Koch.  There were many with extraordinary gifts for ministry among them.  We have contacted our top choices and will be conducting phone interviews with each of them the week of April 13-17.  Please continue your prayers for the Search Committee. Sandy Wolfgang offered this prayer:

Lord be with the search committee as they seek the right person to lead LOCC into the future. Prepare this person and their heart to be the best person for us to help us grow in knowledge of you, develop as a community of faith and effective followers of Jesus Christ.”  AMEN.

January 11, 2020

The Search Committee has completed our 10-page Congregational Profile and a cover letter.  Our opening is listed on the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mid-America website and on the official Disciples private search website.  Several candidates have already expressed an interest.

If someone comes to your attention that you believe would be an excellent candidate, please refer them to our regional minister:

     Rev. Dr. Paul Koch
     Regional Minister
     The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mid-America
     P.O. Box 308 
     Moberly, MO 65270

All candidates must go through the formal Disciples process before receiving consideration.  We anticipate that we will begin reviewing profiles in March. 

Please continue praying for the committee, that we might find the best candidate to join with our congregation as we seek to be God’s loving presence in the Lake community.

A copy of our Congregational Profile and cover letter are available on the counter of the church office. 

December 15, 2019:

Thanks to everyone who completed a Congregational Survey form. The results are in and we’d like to share them with you.

The top quality selected by more than 60 % of those who responded was:

Worship – Knowing the purpose and elements of Christian worship and can plan and lead meaningful worship by working with the worship team, musicians & congregational members.

Closely followed by:

Pastoral Care – Able to engage other persons with empathy and assess situations and relationships with the compassion of Christ, with sensitivity to culture and context, and to convey the healing power of God to those who suffer.

Education and Leader Development – Knows the foundations of Christian education and principles of leader development, and can demonstrate competency in teach children, youth and adults, including lay leaders and staff.

The fourth most important quality was a virtual tie among three things:

Church Administration and Planning/Biblical Knowledge/Communication

The top three responses to the additional qualities on the back side of the survey

Delivers effective and meaningful sermons
Has strong pastoral care qualities and commitment
Is capable of and eager to help bring new members to LOCC

The Search Committee is currently preparing a 10-page Congregational Profile required by the Search Committee Guidelines and Procedures of the Christian Church of Mid-America (Disciples of Christ). Our position will then be posted on their website.

All interested candidates should be directed to our regional minister:
Paul Koch
P.O. Box 308
Moberly, Missouri 65270
Phone: 636.221.7065