What's Happening in our search for a new pastor?
The search for a pastor follows a series of steps designed to make sure that the church and the new pastor will be a good fit. Congregational input is key to this process. Check back here to see the progress that is being made in our search.
Steps to finding a new pastor:
✓ A mission study is done.
This has been done through our Butterfly Project.
✓ A Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is formed.
The Nominating Committee formed a slate of nominations. This was voted on in the congregational meeting on June 25, 2017, and approved. The members of the Pastor Nominating Committee are Diane Becker, Jacob D'Amico, Laura Flessner, Alberta Madsen, Alex Philip, Emily Russell, and Garry Wilbor.
✓ The PNC creates our Mission Information Form (MIF), which, after review by the Session and the congregation, goes to Presbytery's Committee on Ministry for review. After this review process, the MIF is posted to elicit responses from pastors seeking a position.
The PNC has shared MIF information with the congregation. Please also see their related September 7 update below.
✓ The PNC reviews the responses and narrows down the candidates, starts interviewing, checking references and having candidates vetted.
✓ The final candidate is presented to Session and to the congregation and is voted on by the congregation.
Final update from the Pastor Nominating Committee, September 10
Pamphlet introducing Rev. Amy E. S. Lincoln
Announcement of Congregational Meeting on Sept 9 and PNC Update, August 26
Update from the Pastor Nominating Committee, August 12
Update from the Pastor Nominating Committee, July 3
Information shared at the Town Hall meeting, June 3rd
Update from the Pastor Nominating Committee, May 18
Update from the Pastor Nominating Committee, April 12
Update from the Pastor Nominating Committee, February 27
Update from the Pastor Nominating Committee, January 11
Update from the Pastor Nominating Committee, November 30
Update from the Pastor Nominating Committee, September 26.
Update from the Pastor Nominating Committee, September 7.
Update from the Nominating Committee, June 18.
Update from the Nominating Committee, June 12.
Ways that the congregation can be of help:
PRAY! Keep the church and the Pastor Nominating Committee in your prayers as we move through this process.
Understand that while the PNC will do their best to keep the congregation informed, there are times when they will need to maintain confidentiality. Because of this, the congregation needs to feel fully confident in the PNC when we vote on the slate of people nominated for the committee.
Allow the committee time to do a good and careful job in the nominating process, understanding that finding the right pastor for our church takes time and careful consideration.
The PC(USA) has put out a booklet that you may find informative, "On Calling a Pastor".