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 (Part 2): Sample PNC Training Day Agenda for Hosts

Step Six (Part 2): Sample PNC Training Day Agenda for Hosts

ARRIVAL: Take time to orient everyone to the training location pointing out parking, restrooms, WiFi access, and other housekeeping matters. Help everyone settle in. 

Keep in mind that hosting at the church, while efficient, may not suit your objectives nearly as well as a more remote place of beauty, a denominational facility or retreat venue. Choose wisely. This is holy ground. 

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...

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.

Outline for Initial PNC Pastor Seeking Interview

Outline for Initial PNC Pastor Seeking Interview

Prior to the interview come to agreement on the type of experience, education, style of leadership, and other key factors you are looking for in candidates. Spelling this out on a rating sheet ahead of time.

Begin the interview by making introductions and opening with prayer.

Questions to consider when conducting an initial interview:

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 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: