April 2017 Congregational Update

 

Senior Pastor Selection update

We are pleased by the response to the open call that started March 6 and closed April 7.   Our applicants reflect diverse experiences and backgrounds and we are excited to move into the next stage of our journey.  We have reviewed the applications and started initial interviews with the selected candidates. First interviews should be completed by early May.  The final candidate (s) will also meet with the entire Board, Shelly Morris and Diane Leah.  We will then have an opportunity to consider all input before ultimately the Board selects the final candidate who will come to Toronto for a week or 10 days to meet the rest of the staff, team leaders, deacons, key volunteers, and preach one Sunday.   The eligible voting Members will then be asked to confirm the candidate via a vote.

We also identified the possible need to have a “relocation” team if the successful candidate is not from Toronto.  We will need to be intentional as we build for a successful integration of the individual.

We are committed to being open and embracing our core values in our search – spirituality, advocacy and diversity.  We will not be limited based on gender, orientation, nationality, denomination or cultural background.  We are a vibrant, inclusive and progressive Christian church community and we will live these values in our discernment.

We are using our various communication vehicles to communicate and seek input.  We are in the process of developing a FAQ (“Frequently Asked Question”) sheet which will be available on the Board website soon.  If there are any questions or insights you want to share, please contact any of the Search committee directly in person or via our email address: BofD@mcctoronto.com.  You can also find the Senior Pastor Job description, qualifications, skill and personal attributes on our micro-website at website http://board.mcctoronto.com/#senior-pastor-search,

Financial update

We are focused on working with our external auditor on our annual audit.

As reported previously, while we approved a balanced Operating Budget for 2017 with a 2% increase projected for both revenues and expenses, we expressed our concern that this once again means we have opted to postpone investments in our people and infrastructure.  We will seek to apply a different approach for 2018.

Pride update

Progress is being made in terms of identifying a new location for our service since our usual location is now a construction zone.  While emotions have run high this year, we continue to seek to be peace makers and bridge builders.  Toronto Pride has come under attack in the past and we feel that even in times of conflict – we are stronger together.   It is critical we value the long history of Pride and the Pride Parade as a public statement in support of GLBTQ rights.  We will not surrender our presence in the parade.  Our church service and participation in the parade are major outreach opportunities and a significant source of revenue so we ask that  you prayerfully consider your continued commitment to volunteer or attend the service and to be part of our contingent in the parade.

DATES TO PUT IN YOUR CALENDAR

Sunday June 18, 12:45 pm: Annual Congregational Business Meeting

Sunday June 25: Happy Pride!

Sunday July 16: Anniversary Sunday

Sunday August 20: Brent’s 40th Anniversary

Thursday October 19: set the date aside for Brent’s Retirement Celebration and Tribute

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact any of us. You can also contact us via email at BofD@MCCToronto.com.

We welcome your feedback and engagement. Together, God has called us to do great things.

Lori Boyce,
Chair, Governance Committee