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Step Nine: Thank and Disband the PNC

Step Nine: Thank and Disband the PNC

There is so much excitement in the air when the search for a new pastor narrows to a final candidate. Months of faithful, prayerful, anticipation have led to this moment. Then all at once, it seems as if a dozen details must be attended all at the same time. There are steps the session must take, and simultaneous matters for the Presbytery to manage, and all the while PNC members may be giddy with joy at nearing the finish line. 

Step Six: Equip the Pastor Nominating Committee for their call

Step Six: Equip the Pastor Nominating Committee for their call

Equipping a group of people to function together as a PNC is one of the most important investments an interim pastor will make in a congregation. The wise interim knows that the PNC’s ability to collaborate in seeking to new pastoral leadership is mission critical to the future success of the new pastor and the church alike. Invest wisely. Prayerfully attend to all the Spirit’s whispers and promptings. 

Do this early on...

Step Eight: Covenant with the congregation to support the PNC

Step Eight: Covenant with the congregation to support the PNC

Invite the appropriate people to come up with a meaningful way for the congregation to demonstrate their support during the pastor search—see one creative idea below. Depending on your tradition, this may take the form of a covenant. 

Sample covenant...

Attributes of PNC Candidates

Attributes of PNC Candidates

When forming a Pastor Nominating Committee, it is important to determine how a slate of candidates to serve will be selected. The current nominating committee of congregation may be tasked with this role. The session ruling elders may also play a role. Ultimately, the congregation will elect and commission the PNC.

Establish the criteria for nomination and the number of candidates you plan to commission. The size of a PNC depends in part on the size of the congregation and whether or not you plan to elect alternates. Decide how the chair and other roles will be determined.

Criteria to consider...

Step seven: Commissioning Service for the PNC

Step seven: Commissioning Service for the PNC

An outline for a Pastor Nominating Committee/PNC commissioning in a worship service:

  • elected members of the Pastor Nominating Committee stand in the front of the sanctuary for commissioning,
  • litany and prayer led by the interim pastor,

Step five: Elect Thoughtful People to Serve on the PNC

Step five: Elect Thoughtful People to Serve on the PNC

When considering the best combination of potential leaders to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee, consider their ability to thoughtfully answer these questions.

Step Four: Host a Pre-PNC Gathering

Step Four: Host a Pre-PNC Gathering

A pre-PNC gathering is an event hosted by the session (or nominating body) for members interested in learning about the role of  serving on a Pastor Nominating Committee.

Recommended event guidelines:

Step three: Seek Recommendations for PNC

Step three: Seek Recommendations for PNC

Once the criteria for serving on the Pastor Nominating have established by the nominating body it's time to seek recommendations of individuals to serve on the PNC.  Inviting the congregation to make recommendations helps members feel engaged in the process of calling their next pastor. Here's a possible format:

The session is seeking recommendations of individuals to serve in the Pastor Nominating Committee. Here are the criteria:

Step two: Establish Nominating Process, Criteria, and Attributes for Serving on the PNC

Step two: Establish Nominating Process, Criteria, and Attributes for Serving on the PNC

Determine how a slate of candidates to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee will be selected. The current nominating committee of congregation may be tasked with this role.  The session ruling elders may also play a role. Ultimately the congregation will elect and commission the PNC. Establish the criteria for nomination and the number of candidates you plan to commission. The size of a PNC depends in part on the size of the congregation and if you plan to elect alternates or not. Decide how the chair and other roles will be determined.

Criteria to consider: