July Senior Minister Search Committee Report

Written by the BoE Prayer Team: Nora Laver, Joel Stanton, Mark Snell and David Rix.

Senior Minister Search Committee members are: Herman Smith (chair), Diana Bennett, Simon Chang, Rebecca Heidgerd, John Liu, Tom Miller, David Murgatroyd, Martha Neu, Alex Pless, Dan Vogelzang, and Brian Winey.

We encourage the entire congregation to hold this committee in daily prayer as they diligently work to select a candidate to be our next senior pastor and for our church as a whole.  


  • For the arrival of our interim pastor Phil Thorne and his wife Cindi this month.
  • For the growing closeness of the senior minister search committe members.
  • For the 2,750 unique visitors to the senior minister search committee site, the 362 downloads of the church profile, and the 1,766 downloads of PDFs with church reading material.


  • For God's wisdom to those considering applying for the SM position at PSC.  The SM job has been posted on 11 sites including Christianity Today, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary.  Nearly 50 personal phone calls or emails to Christian leaders for specific referrals have been made by the search committee members. 
  • For the SMSC members' wisdom in evaluating candidates. To date 24 job applications and 38 referrals for potential candidates have been received. 
  • For God's discernment and spiritual insight in evaluating sermons of potential candidates by the SMSC members.
  • For the church ministers and elders as they work on Sunday night ministry plans and  better communication strategies.

Scripture for the month

Psalm 121

A song of ascents (NIV).

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,  nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going  both now and forevermore.



I noticed last week when the elders and others came on stage to bless the departing ministers that there were virtually no women. PSC needs to better represent its congregation by including more women in leadership and other aspects of the church.

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