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 the 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 25th 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. You can email the PNC at email@example.com.
✓ 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 will be 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.
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.
Welcoming Rev. Nancy Asbury as Transitional Pastor
The session is grateful to announce Reverend Nancy Asbury began as our transitional pastor on September 1. Her first Sunday in worship was September 17. After worship that day, everyone was invited to join us in Fellowship Hall to meet and talk with Rev. Asbury. As a brief introduction, Rev. Asbury holds a B.S. degree in mathematics from Grove City College and is a Master of Divinity graduate of Drew University Theological School. She began her career in the corporate world of computer programming, technical education, and website and software development. After earning her MDiv, Rev. Asbury has served in a variety of roles, including Director of Ministries to Families with Children; On-Call Hospital Chaplain; Solo Pastor; Head of Staff/Development Minister; Executive Director of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity; and most recently the interim pastor of a NJ Presbyterian church. She brings with her the skills needed to lead our congregation in worship, continue our progress on Project Butterfly mission goals, and maintain a balanced budget. Rev. Asbury lives in Milford, NJ, with her husband.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to the transitional pastor search team of Mindy D'Amico, Steve Lederach, and David Shearer for their faithful service on behalf of the church. Let us look forward to the work God has set before us, trusting in the promise of Jesus Christ and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Reverend Asbury can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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".