Interim Time Line
January-March, 2020 – The Interim Pastor spends time getting to know the Saint Andrews community and understanding its culture, ministry and mission.
April-June 2020 – A team organized by the Interim Pastor oversees administration of the presbytery’s required congregational self-assessment inventory, known as the Church Assessment Tool, or CAT. All members are invited to participate, and the results will inform the upcoming pastor search process.
September 2020 – A Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is elected by the congregation. Their sole responsibility is to identify and call the next installed pastor.
September-November 2020 – The PNC drafts a Ministry Information Form (MIF). This is the “resume” of the church and serves the purpose of giving prospective installed pastors an understanding of both the job description and SAPC’s ministry and mission.
December 2020 – The completed Ministry Information Form is submitted to both the Presbytery of New Hope and the Session for approval, then circulated at the national level.
January 2021 forward – The PNC meets regularly to receive and review Personal Information Forms, or PIFs (resumes of interested pastors), conduct thorough interviews with prime candidates, and ultimately (by way of the Presbytery and Session) present a candidate to the congregation for approval.
This is a broad overview of the process. Yes, it is a bit complicated. No, it does not move quickly, only deliberately…but always with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me for more information.
The good news is that God already knows who your next pastor will be! And so it is with great optimism that we look forward to these next months of discernment and hope.