Dear Brothers & Sisters of Zion,
In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, one may have assumed that the Pastoral Call process at Zion may have been put on the backburner or had at least got bumped down the priority list for the LCMS Pacific Southwest Dist. (PSWD). In a call with Dist. Pres. Gibson last week, we were pleased to learn that things have actually been moving forward at a proper clip.
At this point, we actually have 12 candidates to review! These include a combination of names submitted by Zion as well as a handful that were recommended by the PSWD. There were an additional five names that had been recommended or requested that were listed as "Unavailable" for a variety of reasons.
The Call Comm. will now begin phase 2 of the process by reviewing the reports submitted by the Dist. on each candidate to ascertain if they are a "Fit" for what we are looking for and need here at Zion. However, a word of advice & caution was offered by President Gibson as we move forward. He suggested... "Do your homework on these candidates, but wait to make a decision or place a Call as any candidate who would be willing to leave their congregation during these trying times is not the right fit for Zion." We believe this is sage advice and will act accordingly.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers throughout this entire process. I realize that while it may seem like we keep running into roadblocks (Thanks COVID!), I also know that the Lord has a plan and timeline for us at Zion. Now we are one step closer to seeing what that looks like! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the Call Committee.