A Litany for Reformation Sunday Bible Dedication

A Litany for Reformation Sunday Bible Dedication

Invite the congregation to bring a favorite Bible, possibly a family Bible, to church on Reformation Sunday. Bibles may be placed on the communion table or other special location. Or perhaps have the people hold onto theirs, raising them up during the dedication. Prior to the dedication someone might share a story of their Bible as a witness to the gift of scripture in daily life. 

A Conversation with Interim Pastor Stuart Bond

Where do you serve as an interim pastor and what drew you there?

Stuart: I serve First Presbyterian Church in Corinth, New York. They seemed to appear on my radar at just the time when I was considering a new call. My sense of them on our phone interview was that they were a faithful bunch who had a sense of humor — an indispensable element if we are going to be able to enjoy life together and move forward.  

How do you approach the preaching task during a season of anxiety?

In some ways, I think we overstate the anxiety.  Perhaps a third of the congregation’s anxiety is...

Here is Your Key

Here is Your Key

In this letter (Paul's letter to the Philippians), we see how close they (Paul and Timothy) are. In fact, Paul gives Timothy quite a compliment.  He says that Timothy is Christ-focused. His concern is, what does the Lord want rather than what can he get out of the deal. Paul says that that is so rare. He says, “I have no one like him.”  Most folks are focused on their own interests rather than Jesus Christ.

And that is my first stop off in this message: Is that you? Are you that kind of rare person?  Would someone watching what you do in a day or in a week say, “That man or that woman cares about what the Lord wants.”?

Sometimes we forget that the true goal of all of this is that we are being transformed, that we are becoming that kind of person. 

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...

4 Ideas for Developing an Interim Roadmap

  1. Spell out the steps from former pastor leaving to new pastor beginning using a roadmap graphic for print/handouts—see a sample roadmap below.
  2. Develop an interactive roadmap for digital applications such as the church website and social media.

8 Ideas for Churches Seeking an Interim Pastor

  1. Write a thoughtful job description outlining the desired leadership traits you are looking for: pastoral care, teaching gifts, conflict management and resolution skills, etc. Be prepared to articulate these traits clearly in the interview and explain why each is necessary. 

  2. Record online conversations and interviews—always ask for the candidate’s consent before doing this. When talking to many people, it's easy to forget details, take incomplete notes, or come away with differing opinions, so a recording provides a way to go back and replay the conversation later. It is also a helpful resource to share with others who did not participate in the original call.

A Conversation with Betsey Moe

A Conversation with Betsey Moe

How do you approach the preaching task during a season of anxiety?

Betsey: I try to be as honest as possible with myself about what I feel anxious about and what I hear others are anxious about and not be afraid to give voice to it. When I read and study a text, I think, "Where does the rubber hit the road here? If I were in a pew, what thoughts would I have going through my mind as I came to church and then as I heard this scripture passage read?"

"Being the Body"— A Sermon for Anxious Times

"Being the Body"— A Sermon for Anxious Times

What the people at Lord of Life are finding is that in unsettled times, when the future is largely unknown, it’s hard to figure out how to be the Body of Christ. They can all pretend that they’re going along with business as usual, but underneath the surface, there is grief and anxiety right alongside hope and anticipation.

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,