Calling our Next Pastor
West Side Presbyterian Church Road Map to a New Pastor
April 2, 2017
As you know, West Side is preparing to call our next pastor. A big part of what leads to a successful pastoral search is the ability to articulate our story as God’s people. To this end the session has recently agreed to move forward with Holy Cow! Consulting to help us plan our future. You have been selected to participate in the first step which is to conduct a congregational assessment. This assessment will provide a clear picture of who we are as a church and what directions are most important for our future.
The tool we’ll use is the Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT), which will provide key indicators of our congregational health along with areas of challenge and potential growth. It will help us to collect and understand the range of views that exist at West Side Presbyterian Church and the possibilities, willingness, capacity and energy for moving our ministry into the future.
On Sunday, April 9th you will receive an email with a unique web link to complete the online assessment. The link will also be accessible here on our website beginning the 9th.
If you would like to complete the assessment at West Side, we will have computers available on Sunday, April 9th, 23rd and 30th in the chapel. There will also be access to computers during church office hours (Tuesday–Friday, 9am-5pm). If you would prefer to take the assessment using a paper copy, please stop by the office and a survey will be provided for you to fill out.
NOTE: If there is only one email address for all members of your household, it may be tempting to have one person take the survey on behalf of the family. However, please be sure your spouse and all young adults living in your home have an opportunity to complete the survey. INDIVIDUAL INPUT is key to our gaining insight into overall perceptions and experiences.
Please set aside enough time to answer all the questions. This will take about 20-30 minutes. All survey responses are strictly anonymous.
The assessment will run between April 9 and May 1, 2017.
On Sunday, April 9th make plans to join us at 9:40am for our second Congregational Conversations. We will be discussing the “big picture” aspect of the interim process, including this congregation assessment. We hope to see you there!
Thank you for your willingness to be a part of this congregational assessment and for helping to build West Side’s future.
Pastor Nominating Committee
March 9, 2017
If you would like to nominate a member to be a part of the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC), please submit the Recommendation Form. The deadline to submit is April 7, 2017.
March 9, 2017
In December 2016 and January 2017 we conducted to Listening Circles to hear what the West Side Congregation had to say. See the Listening Circle Report that session compiled.
Road Map to West Side’s New Pastor
Following the retirement of a beloved pastor Presbyterian churches like ours enter a time of discernment. We call this time “interim ministry”. It’s helpful to think of Interim Ministry as taking place in three stages:
- Advent – beginning to anticipate the future while coming to terms with the past
- Advance – crafting a Church Mission Study by exploring our values, culture, demographics, and identity
- Ask, Seek, Knock – calling, commissioning, and trusting the guidance of a Pastor Nominating Committee to seek new pastoral leadership.