Presented by John Jacobs, Sunday morning, July 23, 2017
Understanding the process and the entire sequence of events is, as I am learning, somewhat important.
The call process begins when the tenured pastor (Paul) makes the call to Presbytery, or more specifically the COM (Presbyterians love acronyms) or Commissions on Ministry, to share news of his planned retirement.
The process continues with the appointment of our interim pastor and then rolls into a very important piece of the process, our Mission Study.
The Mission Study started with the Listening Circles earlier this year, followed by the Holy Cow survey and then the series of meetings of the Mission Study group, which many of you were part of.
The Mission Study final product is close to being complete; I believe the writers will presented to session in the coming week.
The Mission Study is our story; the Mission Study is our assessment of who we are, who is God calling us to be and where is God calling us to go.
Once the Mission Study is adopted or approved by session, this becomes the data or the document that the PNC uses to prepare, another acronym, the MIF – Ministry Information Form – the MIF provides a narrative picture of the mission and the ministry is described by you, the congregation.
This form ultimately becomes the job posting within the Presbyterian system where searching candidates can come, read and see what were all about and make the decision if they would like to apply.
An interested candidate will ultimately submit a PIF – Personal Information Form. For those involved in past pastor searches you may have heard of this called a dossier or simply a resume, but for us will go with PIF.
Now, in this process we have a little ways to go, the PNC will likely start to see some of these dossiers sometime in September or October, it is then we will start to be a little more active reviewing candidates and such. So, the next time you hear from us probably be in the fall when we have something more to report.
Last week, when commissioned, you, the congregation, committed to keep the PNC in your thoughts and prayers in the months ahead and pray with us for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for that.