I’m not particularly fond of learning in public, but that’s just part of the deal when one spends so much time talking in public! Today I presented Brian Coffey as our leading candidate as the Site Pastor for what we hope will be Vista’s Second Site.
What I failed to communicate was the much broader and deeper evaluative qualification process behind the selection. Although I mentioned it, what I mentioned with greater fervor were the few elements particularly and personally meaningful to me.
What I didn’t mean to communicate was that those few elements represent the basis and breadth of our qualification criteria. I should have anticipated that confusion, and I’m sorry to have given that impression.
Our elders have a 29-point qualification criteria/process that includes categories of character, leadership, theology, personality, values, skill, education, experience and references. That list is available for anyone’s review.
That being said, let me clarify further lest I over-correct…
The seemingly random nature of some of the qualifications and characteristics that people compile in search of an employee or a teamate or a site pastor (or friends or mates for that matter) do ultimately and unavoidably exclude valuable, qualified and talented people. In fact, the biographical sketch we create may ultimately cause us to miss exceptional candidates.
It might also help you to know that we didn’t and don’t expect to find the person that fits pefectly into our imperfect mold. We pray for the wisdom to see beyond our own paradigm. If God should provide a person that requires breaking our mold, we will. That’s part of the reason we take our time in such weighty decisions like this one. We guard our process against prejudice, but accept and allow for preferences.
We hope to carefully navigate and communicate through this critical process, which I did poorly today. Again I offer my sincere apologies. We will look for ways to improve.