Dear Members and friends of OSA,
The OSA Call Committee met Sunday, October 28, after worship to discuss the four candidates for the office of pastor. After an hour of conversation and prayerful thought, the committee decided not to recommend any of the four.
The Committee wishes you to know that it spent careful time considering the needs of OSA and the gifts of the candidates. From the beginning the ministry site profile (MSP) guided our decisions. The MSP, as you know, was itself carefully constructed with input from you. It was, and is, the “organizing principle” as we read the candidates’ profiles, interviewed, and listened to them.
The Committee stayed in touch via email and telephone, traveled to other churches to hear two of the candidates preach, and with honesty and forthright discussion weighed the pros and cons of each candidate. In the end, the decision was that each candidate had strengths but none had the combination of skills, based on the MSP that would serve OSA best. None of the candidates, although all were highly qualified and are excellent pastors, entirely met the expectations that you/we established.
When the candidates were informed of the Committee’s decision, each was gracious and thankful for the opportunity to be considered.
The next step is to await further candidates from the Metropolitan New York Synod office, our Bishop and his staff. The Synod was informed the following Tuesday after the Committee’s decisions. The Synod office has informed us that they are immediately working to give us the next slate of candidates.
The Call Committee requests that you remain patient during the process, even as we ourselves seek to do the same. Although we wish the Holy Spirit would reveal to us quickly who our next pastor will be, we believe that everything happens in God’s good time. OSA has an excellent coverage pastor in Rev. William Eggers, dedicated lay leadership, and a host of committed members to see us through this transition.
God bless you all!
-- The OSA Call Committee
Bob Wollenburg, Chair