In this significant season of our church's transition journey, we understand that you may have questions. Below are some questions we have anticipated with our responses. It is our prayer that these are helpful to you as you consider your role as part of the COC family in the selection of our next Senior Pastor.  We will be adding to these as we get further into the process.

In July 2019 the 7-member search team was nominated from among COC's members and then, from the nominees, selected by the Elder Board. They were commissioned in August and began their work.

It will be important to be patient as we proceed with the search process as we look to follow the Lord's leading. We hope the process will take about a year but it is the search team's job is be thorough and carefully considerate as we look for the next Pastor the Lord is calling to COC.

The PST meets weekly to do its work. This work involves creating documents, establishing processes, receiving training and coaching. Sometime in the beginning of 2020 the team will go live with the search and begin reviewing applications for PastorNext. The PST will recommend one potential candidate to the Elder Board. Once the Elder Board approves a potential candidate, he will become “The Candidate” and will be recommended to the congregation during the candidating period.

Yes. The Board of Elders have hired Church Assistance Ministries to provide training, coaching, and resources throughout the process.

Yes, absolutely! The “Referral Form” for referring someone as a potential candidate to the Pastor Search Team will be available on this website once the search process has begun.

The Pastor Search Team will determine through interviews, research, and the Holy Spirit’s leading that a prospective candidate is a viable “fit” for COC. The Team will then recommend this pastor to the Elder Board for their review. Upon initial approval of the Elder Board, "The Candidate" will continue onto next steps, including meetings with the COC staff and candidating in front of the congregation.

“Candidating” is the final step of the search process. After the Elder Board has decided to move forward with bringing "The Candidate" before the church, they will have opportunities to meet our Pastor Next candidate and hear him preach on two different Sundays. To protect the privacy and current ministries of all potential candidates, the Pastor Search Team will not discuss any recognizable applicant information with the church until the candidating process begins.

As stated in our governing documents, "Full-time Pastors will be nominated and affirmed by the Board of Elders and approved by the membership in a duly called meeting." So the final choice and calling of our next Senior Pastor will be made first by approval of the Elder Board and the candidate will be approved by 2/3rd vote of the membership. There will be a period of time to interact with any Pastor Next candidate during the “candidating” portion of the process (see Question 7).

Please pray for our church body, staff, Elder Board, and Pastor Search Team to be unified and strong during this time of transition. Pray that we stay focused on the work the Lord has called us to do as the church — to reach the lost in our community for Christ. Please also pray for the work the Lord is doing both in our church and in the life of our next Senior Pastor to prepare us for this next season. Prayer requests and updates on the search process can be found in our church bulletin and on our website and other church communications (emails, etc).

If you have other questions once we get further into the process you can submit them to the Search Team by email at