Dear Members and Friends of SACPC,
This is an exciting time in the life of SACPC! This is particularly exciting for the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) at a time when the Session and Planning Committee are working concurrently with us as we prepare the Ministry Information Form (MIF) which will be posted on the Church Leadership Connection for all to see very soon. We are not interviewing candidates yet. Please refer to the SACPC website for additional details of the process.
A lot of things had to be done at SACPC before a PNC could be elected. The Presbytery Commission on Ministry (COM) cautions churches our size about rushing into something we may regret later. This is a perfect time for a PNC to get to work. We are working with Dr. Bob Bankhead, COM liaison to the Presbytery who has been a great resource for us.
The PNC began meeting on September 8th and we have been meeting every Thursday, except Thanksgiving evening. We met with each of our Ministers (Bob, Robb, and David) individually allowing them to share their areas of ministry with us. We have been reviewing and discussing the results of the Congregational Survey which has been a valuable resource. We met with Drs. George and Beverly Thompson who are Presbytery’s Missional Transformation Coaches who provided us with great tips and ideas.
As many of you know, SACPC has come a long way over the past 17 years introducing many new programs requiring additional staffing, adding a third Contemporary worship service, constructing the HUB, adding many new mission trip experiences (locally and out of town)…just to name a few things. The church is much more complex than it was the last time SACPC engaged a PNC over 17 years ago. When considering our many current activities along with the changes in the ministry focus of SACPC, we have a lot of background work to do before we can complete the MIF and begin interviews.
An important part of what we are doing includes “you”, the congregation! The PNC is NOT a secret group chosen to select someone to be our permanent Sr. Pastor/Head of Staff. The Congregation Survey most of you completed is a valuable resource, but we also want you to feel free to submit your suggestions, concerns, and comments to us at anytime. We have set up our very own Email address, PNC@sacpc.org, which is checked regularly by one of our members. Please use this to communicate with us or contact any of the members of the PNC directly. We are happy to hear from you!
We will be reporting on our progress regularly posting write-ups in Saints Alive, the Daily News and Announcements Emails, and sometimes from the pulpit. The decision to select a permanent Sr. Pastor/Head of Staff is not solely the decision of the PNC. We want you all to have a voice.
We are truly blessed to have Bob Bardeen as our Interim Sr. Pastor/Head of Staff who is highly trained to prepare SACPC for the exciting future with our next Pastor. We are also blessed with a very committed staff, Session, Diaconate, and Planning Committee.
Our hope is to publish the MIF around the first of the year after this meets with the approval of the Session and Presbytery Commission on Ministry. Once this goes live, we will have access to Personal Information Forms from the Church Leadership Connection website as well as receive recommendations from Presbyteries around the USA, SACPC members, and other referral sources. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please have them submit their Personal Information Form (PIF) to us after the first of the year. We are always reminded that our work is all in the name of our Lord and Savior. Our goals are to serve Christ and love each other. We are grateful for your support and the opportunity to serve Christ.
Lisa Bohbrink, Tom Glatt (Co-chair), Dumay Gorham, Robin Harper, Erin Hester, Robert McIver (Co-Chair), Rita Pasquariello, Tommy Wallace, Paige Williams