April 16 Update from Transition Steering Committee

We are one step closer to starting our search for a new pastor!

Our church’s Mission Study Report was approved by the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry (COM) on April 2.  If you would like to read this report, you’ll find a link to an electronic version on the Pastor Search webpage. The Mission Study Report describes who we are as a church, our:

  • mission
  • programs
  • membership
  • finances

and where we want to be heading in the future. The Transition Steering Committee thanks everyone who participated in a table talk or sent in responses to the discussion questions; these were used in writing the Mission Study Report.

Next steps:

  1. The Nominating Committee is developing a slate of candidates to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).
  1. We will hold a congregational meeting on May 17 to vote on the slate of candidates for the Pastor Nominating Committee. The nature of this meeting will depend on rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will probably not be meeting in person. You’ll be able to join the meeting by phone or by computer/tablet.

What is the role of the PNC?

The PNC, “representative of the whole congregation and elected by the congregation, has the ultimate responsibility for nominating a minister to the congregation for election as the next pastor. Over a number of months, the PNC will journey through the pastoral search process, seeking to hear the call of Christ and ‘to participate in God’s own choice’ for [our] next pastor” (On Calling A Pastor: A Manual for Churches Seeking Pastors. 2015. Church Leadership Connection).

The PNC’s first 3 tasks are to:

  1. Write up the Ministry Information Form (MIF). This is like a detailed job ad that describes who we are as a church, the type of person we are seeking to serve as our pastor, the compensation package, etc. The table talk questions were taken directly from the MIF and so our answers to those questions will be used as the PNC writes up the MIF. Once approved by the Presbytery’s COM, the MIF will be posted on a PC(USA) website for all potential candidates to see.
  1. Read and evaluate Personal Information Forms (PIFs) from candidates interested in the position or those whose PIF matches what we ask for in our MIF.
  1. Narrow the field of prospective pastors by listening to sermons, checking references, and phone or video conference interviews – all while sharing, listening, and praying together.

On the new Pastor Search page on our church website, you’ll find links to:

  • The Presbyterian Church in Geneva Mission Study Report
  • On Calling A Pastor: A Manual for Churches Seeking Pastors
  • PC(USA) videos that describe the steps in the process of seeking a pastor

The Transition Steering Committee aims to keep you informed during the process of seeking a new pastor. Please contact any one of us if you have questions.

Virginia Champlin, Mat DeMoras, Walt Gage, Chris Gerling, Gary Harman, and Beth Newell