Candidate Visit. Very Important Information.

Candidate Visit. Very Important Information.

Dear CCC Family,

As you know, we have A LOT going on. Hiring an associate minister is one of those things. One of the candidates is visiting this weekend, Daniel Geisen. I want to give you important information about this process.

We have grown to the point that the effectiveness and depth of our ministry would be greatly increased if we had additional staff.  Thus, we are in the process of hiring an associate minister. In addition, although it is a few years away, I will eventually leave Community Christian Church. Regardless of how soon or long that will be, the transition from the founding minister to the next one can be challenging.  We want to make sure that change is smooth. Thus, we are hiring an associate minister now to expand our ministry and with a view to that person taking my place in a few years when I do leave. You can see the associate minister’s job description by clicking here.

In hiring an associate minister there are several important characteristics we are looking for. Let me briefly list a few.

  1. A thriving personal relationship with Jesus.
  2. Beliefs in the line with our church’s beliefs and practices.
  3. Godly character reflecting the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  4. A loving and warm personality.
  5. A humble teachable spirit.
  6. A team player.
  7. A clear communicator.
  8. A leader.
  9. A person who enjoys living in a large city and serving in a diverse church.
  10. A healthy and supportive family.

We have listed our opening at several Christian colleges that are in line with the beliefs and practices of our church. We have had many people express interest, though admittedly not as many as I expected. The elders have gone through a process of evaluating those people. The candidates answered questionaries and responded to statements about our beliefs, practices, history, and philosophy.  It was gradually narrowed down to a few. Their references were contacted. Based on what the references said we narrowed it down even more. Those still being considered were interviewed first by me and then by the elders. After that we will bring all those that we think could be a good fit to New York for a visit. Daniel Geisen is the first one we are bring here. His wife, Kayla, is here with him. There are others in the process so it is possible that others will come before we make a final decision as to the person we will hire.

Although the person is being hired with the intention that he will become the lead minister at some point in the future that is not automatic. A few years from now, as God leads, a time table for my departure will be established. At that point we will decide whether the associate minister will indeed take my place or not. If the elders and the associate minister believe that is the right decision, it will be presented to the congregation and affirmed by a vote of the congregation. We think it is important that the person taking my place is not only be a person of character and skill, but fits our congregation and our community. Having that person serve as an associate first will make that more likely. The date for my departure has not been set. It could be a few years or many. Regardless of how long that is, our church needs an associate minister now and we need to prepare for a smooth transition.

Most of the applicants have been young. Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to that. It generally means they have had some, but not a lot of experience. It also means that they are more likely able to relate to and attract younger adults. Every church needs to do that. The years as the associate minister will provide the additional experience needed to become the lead minister. Commitment, character, and chemistry (do they fit our church), are the most important factors in hiring. Experience will come and skills can be developed.

Our church bylaws have the elders deciding to hire all staff other than the lead minister. The lead minister is voted on by the congregation. Thus, there will not be a vote on hiring the associate minister, but there will be for that person to become the lead minister. However,  your input is very important in this decision which is why candidates will come for a visit and you will have the opportunity to interact with them. Those opportunities are listed below. Please take advantage of them and give the elders your thoughts. We are not a perfect church and none of the candidates will be perfect. God has one that is the right fit for us. Please pray that God guides us to the right person.

See you Sunday.


PS We had a great time of prayer last Saturday. I look forward to our next time together doing it and hope even more will join us.

Associate Minister Candidate Visit
Daniel Geisen, a candidate for our associate minister position, and Kayla, his wife, are visiting CCC this weekend. You can view Daniel’s resume by clicking here. On Saturday, June 9th, there will be continental breakfast at 9:30 to meet him and get acquainted. This will be limited to 20 people. After the service on Sunday, there will be pizza for 20 who did not attend the breakfast so more people can meet and get acquainted with Daniel. Please sign up by emailing If you live in the neighborhood of the church building, try to come on Saturday. You can sign up by replying to this email too.

Father’s Day – June 17
Bring your father or any friend to worship with us on Father’s Day, June 17. Although there will not be a Father’s Day message, the message in Daring Faith series is a good one for fathers. We will have a free book for all men in attendance

New Sunday Location Update
Community Christian Church’s last Sunday meeting at the La Hermosa Christian Church’s building is June 24.  Thus, we need to find a new Sunday morning location beginning July 1. We have some options, but have not decided on one yet. To help us choose the best one, we are conducting a survey. If you attend CCC and have not taken the survey, please click here to do so. Only take it once. Printed versions of the survey will be available on Sunday.

Daring Faith Commitment Sunday
Sunday, June 24, will be commit day for the Daring Faith Giving Campaign. To launch Community Christian Church into our next chapter we are raising funds to renovate our building at 210 East 117th St. and hire an associate minister. We need to renovate the first two floors sooner than planned since we need a new place to rent. To accomplish all this we have been talking about faith and praying about giving in preparation for Commitment Sunday when we will bring our cash/check gifts and make commitments to give to the Daring Faith Next Chapter Fund for the next three years. Our goals is $250,000. This offering will secure us a place to meet for worship and ministry and provide a smooth transition in leadership so our church has a long and solid future.

Creative Way to Increase Your Cash Gift
The Daring Faith Offering we give on June 24th will be both a cash/check offering and a commitment to give over the next 36 months. The more we are able to give in cash up front, the less we will need to borrow to finish the renovation and the more certain we will be of hiring an associate minister. There are two basic approaches to finding more cash to give:
• Look for ways to reduce your expenses.
• Look for ways to increase your income.
Click here for ideas on how to do that.

Daring Faith Adult Bible Fellowships (ABFs) and Small Groups
You can experience the Daring Faith discussion group material on Sunday morning or during the week at these times and locations.

  • Sunday ABFs, 10:00 am, 11:30 am, or 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 7:30 pm, at the church building, 5. W. 110th St.
  • Tuesday, 7:30 pm, at Central Park West and 110th St.
  • Friday, 7:30 pm, 44th St and Queens Blvd in Sunnyside, Queens.
  • Bronx – Varies contact the church office for details.

Email or call 212 875-8621 for contact person and exact location.

The Daring Faith DVD study is a six part series. If you missed a group meeting or just want to see the video teaching, it can be found by clicking here.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Fellowships
Adult Bible Fellowships (ABFs) offer Bible instruction, discussion, friendship, prayer & service opportunities. In addition to the ones doing the Daring Faith material these ABFs are available.

  • 11:30 am “The Gospel of John” – This gospel is simple, yet profound and deep: it was written that “you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name.” Led by Norma Lozada.
  • 11:30 am “The Gospel of John” in French. Led by Salomon Matasima.

Future Events
Sunday, June 10 – Daniel Geisen, Associate Minister candidate visiting
Sunday, June 17 – Father’s Day
Sunday, June 24 – Daring Faith Commitment Sunday – Last Sunday at La Hermosa Christian Church
Sunday, July 1 – New Location (To Be Announced)

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