by Ed Cunnington, Chair, Succession Planning Team
The Succession Planning Team (SPT) extends its sincere appreciation for the outstanding efforts of the Ministry and Mission Study committee (MMS) and the Celebration Committee. The MMS committee completed an in-depth document that covered Westminster’s beginning, its growth and what the congregation sees as God’s intention for the church into the future. While this document will be extremely helpful for the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) and the Transitional Pastor, it also will be a source for suggested actions on the part of the Session and an educational and interesting read for the congregation. The Session approved the MMS during its meeting on October 19 and the report was then reviewed by the Commission on Ministry at the Presbytery. The Presbytery subsequently gave approval for the congregation to form a PNC.
The Celebration Committee shepherded many events that recognized Tim Hart-Andersen’s leadership and imprint on the congregation and its work in local and global missions. The Celebration Committee’s efforts culminated with a wonderful event on Tim’s last Sunday, October 29.
The Congregation Nominating Committee (CNC) is busy generating a slate of candidates for the PNC, which will be presented to the congregation for election on November 12.
Finally, the Personnel Committee for Staff and Ministers (PCSM) subcommittee continues to search for a Transitional Pastor. They are in a candidate review process that will result in a suggestion to the Session to hire the Transitional Pastor, who will assume duties in early 2024.