by Nan Etzwiler and Paul Hyde, Pastor Nominating Committee
Members of the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) began meeting in November and have meetings scheduled to complete the tasks needed to call a new Senior Pastor and Head of Staff to Westminster. The PNC is in the first of three phases of the search, which is to prepare documents needed to announce the open position opening at the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Toward this goal, the committee has recently reviewed the Ministry and Mission Study Report, which presents a terrific summary of who Westminster is and where we might be headed. The PNC has also begun working on the Ministry Discernment Profile, which is an extensive document used within the PC(USA) for pastor searches.
Phase 2 will be to solicit candidates through many avenues in addition to PC(USA) channels, and then review submissions and identify candidates. Phase 3 will be to interview and evaluate thoroughly the candidates and select a person to recommend to the congregation to call.
The separate search for the Transitional Senior Pastor is conducted by the Personnel Committee for Staff and Ministers, a committee of the Westminster Session, and there is no update to share at this time.
Finally, the Ministry and Mission Study committee presented their final report during a congregational presentation in December. If you missed the presentation, you can view the video online.