As the Bishop and Appointive Cabinet of the California-Pacific Conference, we would like to continue the practice of posting our clear appointment openings. We have received positive feedback from this process, and people feel there is a stronger sense of transparency and collaboration in the appointment process.
As we begin the appointment process, we usually start with those churches in need of a new pastor through a retirement, ending of an interim period, or a change in status of the previous pastor. We know that a set group of churches will need a new appointment. We have listed below those churches with brief descriptions of their ministry settings. Specific statistics about the churches are available through the Annual Conference Journal, and demographics of the surrounding communities are available through MissionInsite.
Clergy members interested in putting their names forward for specific openings should contact both their current District Superintendent and the District Superintendent of the district with the church opening. In some cases, it might be the same D.S. who supervises both appointments. As a courtesy, if the D.S. is not the same, notification to both is required. There is absolutely no guarantee that the clergy member will be selected for an appointment based solely on the request, but the Bishop and Cabinet will deeply discern the gifts and graces of the clergy members putting their names forward, and the needs of the mission fields and the local churches. We are committed to making appointments based on the match between what is needed in the local communities and churches, and the gifts and skill sets of the potential pastors.
This initial list of clear openings will be posted one time. There will be no additional postings as new appointments become available through movement of pastors to new churches.
All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. Pastors wishing to put their names forward are not to contact their own local churches, nor the pastors or laity of the churches in which they have interest, as this has the potential to harm their current church appointments. The Cabinet will not release any information regarding those who put their names forward.
We do ask that clergy who plan to put their names forward to enter into a deep and prayerful discernment before contacting the District Superintendents. One should only take part in the process after a careful consideration of where God is leading one to consider, and be affirmed by God that this is both realistic and a true calling.
For those the Cabinet eventually asks to move to new appointments, we are committed to providing the specific reasons why we are asking for this new opportunity. As mentioned earlier, the Cabinet will deeply discern the match between mission field and local church, and the gifts and graces of the pastor asked to serve. There will be the expectation of a complete rationale of why we believe this match is necessary. There is also the expectation of an open itinerancy, and if one cannot move because of grave family issues, we will enter into a “covenant of limited itineration,” whereby full time appointment may not be granted, as we see what is available in any given local area.
We hope and pray that this way of appointment making will continue to be both liberating and helpful to our annual conference and God’s Kin-dom that we are pledged to serve.
Be the Hope,
Bishop Grant J. Hagiya
Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop
The United Methodist Church
Samoan Congregation at Aiea UMC [Part-time] (Membership: 69 Average Worship: 60) – Aiea UMC as a congregation states: Aiea United Methodist Church is a Christ-centered, family-oriented, faith community church in Aiea, on the island of Oahu, in the beautiful state of Hawaii. At Aiea UMC, we are committed to knowing, loving, and serving God as we serve our local Hawaii folks and military families based on Oahu. If you are searching for a local home church on Oahu, we hope you’ll consider Aiea UMC. We are a diverse congregation: our fellowship includes both local Hawaii residents, as well as military families. We also have a Samoan language ministry, and combine our worship at least once a month. Please come visit us and consider making Aiea UMC your home church. We’d love to welcome you as part of our family!
First UMC of Pasadena (Membership: 468 Average Worship: 248) – Pasadena First UMC is a Christian community seeking to intentionally welcome all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, physical or mental capacity. Nurturing beauty and sharing it with others is a means of strengthening community and is a grateful response for the creative gifts we receive from the Divine Artist. The soaring architecture of First UMC’s landmark 1924 church building is a grand setting for art of every kind – musical performance, theater productions, displays of visual art and more. There is a place for you – as a participant or observer.
St. Matthew’s UMC of Newbury Park (Membership: 164 Average Worship: 100) – St. Matthew’s mission statement is an open door: “Where we wrestle with our relationship with God and encourage others to join us in the conversation.” They claim to be a safe place to wrestle, with family-like support. The church and congregation live and serve in the Conejo Valley, bordered by Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, and the Malibu communities.
Scott UMC: Pasadena (Membership: 221 Average Worship: 134 Online: 50) – Scott UMC represents themselves as: We are a community of God’s caring people, where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed, disciples are made, and lives are transformed, equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring liberation throughout the community and world. We seek to create through God a nurturing environment, promote unity among members and exemplify the love of God through outreach ministries.
St. Andrew’s by the Sea San Clemente UMC (Membership: 275 Average Worship: 165) – St. Andrew’s as a congregation states: St. Andrew’s is a gathering of God’s people with open hearts, open minds, and open doors. We are a community of believers, doubters, and seekers of all ages, from many places. We are socially, politically, and theologically diverse, yet we are one in the Body of Christ. Our faith is deeply rooted in the Methodist tradition of personal transformation and social justice. We are 21st century followers of the way of Jesus Christ: loving God, loving neighbors, and offering compassion to a world in need.
Mesa Verde UMC: Costa Mesa (Membership: 215 Average Worship: 110)
Mesa Verde as a congregation states: We are an Inclusive Church. As a Reconciling United Methodist Church, we affirm that all people are compatible with Christian teaching. We believe that human sexuality and gender identity are sacred gifts from God. With infinite wisdom, God has created each person as a unique individual and has given the human race remarkable diversity. We affirm that every person is welcome and accepted in this community of faith.
Community UMC of Julian (Membership: 80 Average Worship 50) – Community UMC of Julian Congregation states: All are welcome at Community United Methodist Church and all means all. Regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity, race, political leanings, religious background, economic circumstances or any other factor, there’s a place for you here. Come visit us on Sunday and see for yourself.
St. Paul’s UMC: San Diego and Chollas View UMC: San Diego (St. Paul’s Membership: 85 Average Worship: 35, Chollas View Membership: 65 Average Worship: 30) – St. Paul’s Congregation states: We are a congregation of believers who are passionate disciples of Jesus Christ committed to sharing the good news of God’s love for all people. Chollas View’s congregation states: We recognize that people look for God in many ways. Whether you visit in person or online, we hope you discover something here to encourage you in your spiritual journey.
Costa Mesa First UMC (Membership 50 Average Worship 90) – This is a New Start congregation that states: The team of ministry leaders is endeavoring to give this vision form by making old and new communities one. It looks like a gathering of diverse people from varying walks of life. Some have been a part of the community since the early ’40s, and for others, it’s their first Sunday. We are a place where deconstructionists lead worship alongside charismatics, LGBTQ parishioners embrace long time members, and dedicated Methodists share space with people who swore they would never again set foot in church.
Centenary UMC (Membership: 176 Average Worship: 75 for English, 25 for Japanese) – Centenary is located in the heart of Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles. Its mission statement is, “Enrich, Empower, Impact.” Centenary was founded in 1896 as the first Japanese Christian church in Los Angeles (as the Los Angeles Japanese Methodist Episcopal Mission). Today, it is a diverse congregation that welcomes persons of all ethnicities and backgrounds while retaining its historical Japanese heritage.
St Paul’s UMC of Redondo Beach (Membership: 70 Average Worship 40) – St. Paul’s continues an 80+ year presence in North Redondo Beach. It is in the middle of a residential neighborhood that is very stable while also experiencing some recent housing development. The congregation has a 30-year relationship with Project Needs, a social service agency that provides outreach throughout the South Bay. This is a ½ time appointment.