To help launch your search for your next pastor, the Northern California Nevada Conference offers to provide leadership for a process by which your entire congregation can have energizing, positive input to guide your Ministerial Search Committee.
Day of Discovery implements the process of The Appreciative Way, a congregation-based version of Appreciative Inquiry, a widely used system based on the assumption that in every organization something works, and change can be managed through identification of what works and the analysis of how to do more of what works.
Day of Discovery invites all members and friends of your congregation to come together and discuss their love of the church, the values and practices that have sustained your congregation, and hopes and dreams for the future that all can share. By identifying a future direction based on past successes and common values, your leadership and search committee has needed information to find the best pastoral leadership to take you where you want to go.
Day of Discovery includes a congregational meeting of approximately three hours in length. Ideas will be suggested to get input from church members who are unable to attend and maximize participation of those who cannot be present for the entire event.
Local Churches who have participated in a Day of Discovery have experienced a heightened sense of positive energy for their future work. Their direction is clearer because the Appreciative process is based on past successes, the best experiences of members, positive qualities that are already present, and shared dreams for the future.