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Transition


Pastor Nominating Committee 2017

Elected by the congregation April 9, 2017

Pat Chappell (chair)
Monty Brekke, Amanda Briggs
Paul Harrell, Lynne Hoerter
Marcia Ladd
 


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[The church is no longer accepting applications.] 

Click here for the General Time Line for the Transitional Process 


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
September 18, 2017

It is difficult for us to contain the excitement we feel about the candidates with whom we are in serious conversation. We are honestly humbled by the caliber of those who have expressed interest in Chapel in the Pines and it gives us great optimism about the future of our church and our lives as a faith community.  

Several of our members went elsewhere this past Sunday to hear a pastor preach in their home church. This coming week will be busy for us as well.  As a group we have learned and grown in our faith, and continue to do so. Please bear with us, we are trying very hard to be thorough and open to the movement of the Holy Spirit.  We feel blessed and humbled by the large job that we are trying to faithfully execute for all of us. Please keep us in your prayers as we work our way through this discernment process.

The members of the PNC are Monty Brekke, Amanda Briggs, Pat Chappell (chair), Paul Harrell, Lynne Hoerter and Marcia Ladd. Please feel free to reach out to any of us, although please understand our work is confidential and we need to be very circumspect about sharing any specific information.

[NOTE:  The PNC has closed the application acceptance period and is accepting no new applications for the position.] 


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
September 11, 2017

The committee had a busy weekend. We have drastically narrowed down our list and are in serious conversation with several candidates. This does not mean we are almost finished, we still have a number of steps yet to go before discerning our call.  It does mean that we have nothing but great options at this point. We are truly excited and optimistic about our church and our future. As a group we have learned and grown in our faith, and continue to do so. Please bear with us, we are trying very hard to be thorough and open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. We feel blessed and humbled by the large job that we are trying to faithfully execute for all of us. Please keep us in your prayers as we work our way through this discernment process.


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
August 28, 2017

The committee  had a long day on August 27. We heard a candidate preach at a neutral pulpit, then met back at our church for two and a half hours. We have several more candidates we will hear preach so you may not see us as much as any of us would like. We have decided to stop receiving even self-referrals, our final count was 183 PIF's. We have vetted down those we will go to hear preach and then hold lengthy in person discussions. We have developed a list of standard questions that we will ask each candidate. We are also checking the references they provided, again with a standard set of questions for each reference. We are really getting excited about our prospects and the future of Chapel in the Pines. Please bear with us, we are trying very hard to be thorough and open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. We feel blessed and humbled by the large job that we are trying to faithfully execute for all of us. Please keep us in your prayers as we work our way through this discernment process.


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
August 21, 2017

The committee met on August 20 to travel to hear a pastoral candidate preach.  After the service we met the candidate over a meal to begin to get to know the candidate better.

Over the next several weeks we will travel to hear more candidates preaching, and engaging them in dialogue.  As of this writing we have received a total of 180 Pastor Information Forms (PIFs). We are only accepting self-referrals now, but quite honestly are amazed that we continue to receive applications from wonderful applicants.  We have already spoken via teleconference with 9 candidates and may speak to several more. A denominational official told one of us we are getting the "cream of the cream." It makes our jobs more difficult, but what a nice problem to have. We are getting very excited about a handful of our choices, but want to check and double check to make sure we truly understand them as pastors, preachers, teachers and people. We feel blessed and humbled by the large job that we are trying to faithfully execute for all of us. Please keep us in your prayers as we work our way through this discernment process.


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
July 30, 2017

The committee met on July 30 to continue to discuss and vet the Pastor Information Forms (PIFs) we have received to date. As of this writing we have received a total of 176 PIFs. We have asked the denomination not to send us any more “matches” for the time being, we will continue to accept self-referrals. On a weekly basis, the presbytery office was checking for new pastors seeking a call who may be a fit with our church and sending those PIFs to us. This is the “matching” process to which we are referring that we will hold off on for at least a while. We have already spoken via teleconference with 6 candidates and will speak with 2 or 3 more during the coming week. We will continue reading PIFs and listening to sermons until we have vetted all 176 candidates. The next step will be to narrow down the candidates to perhaps less than 6 and ask Presbytery to check their references while we arrange to hear them preach and also meet with them face to face. We can either hear them in their church, the desired environment, or in a guest pulpit, the choice of the venue will be up to the pastor’s preference and comfort. The applicant pool is very diverse and includes some truly exciting choices.  We are blessed. Please keep us in your prayers as we work our way through this discernment process.


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
July 16, 2017

The committee met on July 16 to continue to discuss and vet the Pastor Information Forms (PIFs) we have received to date. As of this writing we have received a total of 173 PIFs. We have asked the denomination not to send us any more "matches" for the time being, we will continue to accept self-referrals. On a weekly basis, the presbytery office was checking for new pastors seeking a call who may be a fit with our church and sending those PIFs to us. This is the "matching" process to which we are referring that we will hold off on for at least a while. We have already spoken via teleconference with 3 candidates and will speak with 5 more week after next. We will continue reading PIFs and listening to sermons until we have vetted all 173 candidates. The applicant pool is very diverse and includes some exciting choices. Please keep us in your prayers as we work our way through this discernment process.


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
July 9, 2017

The committee met on July 9 to continue to discuss and vet the Pastor Information Forms (PIFs) we have received to date. As of this writing we have received a total of 154 PIFs. We have deliberately gone through the first 114 candidates and pared the group down considerably. We have implemented a two-step "vetting" process" for our analysis. We will turn our attention this week to candidates' #115-154. We have scheduled a series of preliminary teleconference conversations with several of the candidates we want to get to know better on 4 different dates in July. We will have conversations two nights this coming week. On a weekly basis, the presbytery office will check for new pastors seeking a call who may be a fit with our church and send those PIFs to us. Hence between those new applications and any self-referrals, we expect to continue to receive PIFs. The applicant pool is very diverse and includes some exciting choices. Please keep us in your prayers as we work our way through this discernment process.


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
June 26, 2017

The committee met on June 25 to continue to discuss and vet the Pastor Information Forms (PIFs) we have received to date. As of this writing we have received a total of 111 PIFs. We have deliberately gone through the first 50 candidates and pared the group down considerably. Using a two-step "vetting" process" we will analyze in depth the second group, up to candidate #89 and take a first look at the group 90 to 111. On a weekly basis, the presbytery office will check for new pastors seeking a call who may be a fit with our church and send those PIFs to us. Hence between those new applications and any self-referrals, we expect to continue to receive PIFs. The applicant pool is very diverse and includes some exciting choices. Please keep us in your prayers as we work our way through this discernment process.

The members of the PNC are Monty Brekke, Amanda Briggs, Pat Chappell (chair), Paul Harrell, Lynne Hoerter and Marcia Ladd. Please feel free to reach out to any of us, although please understand our work is confidential and we need to be very circumspect about sharing any specific information.


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
June 20, 2017

The committee did not meet this past Sunday because several members of the committee were traveling to Montreat. We, however, have been very busy going through the 88 Pastor Information Forms (PIFs) we have received to date. We have implemented a system for vetting the PIFs that is a big help in getting us through the process. On a weekly basis, the Presbytery office will check for new pastors seeking a call who may be a fit with our church and send those PIFs to us. Hence between those new applications and any self-referrals, we expect to continue to receive PIFs. The applicant pool is very diverse and includes some exciting choices. Please keep us in your prayers as we work our way through this discernment process.

 


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
June 12, 2017

The committee met Sunday, June 11, to continue discussing and vetting the Pastor Information Forms (PIFs) it has received. We have received PIFs or applications for fifty-two pastors seeking a call. On a weekly basis, the Presbytery office checks for new pastors seeking a call who may be a fit with our church and sends those PIFs to us. Hence between those new applications and any self-referrals, we expect to continue to receive PIFs. The applicant pool is very diverse and includes some exciting choices. Please keep us in your prayers as we work our way through this discernment process


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
June 5, 2017

The committee met Sunday June 4 to begin discussing and vetting the Pastor Information Forms (PIFs) it has received. We have received PIFs or applications for forty-one pastors seeking a call. On a weekly basis, the Presbytery office will check for new pastors seeking a call who may be a fit with our church and send those PIFs to us. Hence between those new applications and any self­referrals, we expect to continue to receive PIFs. The applicant pool is very diverse and includes some exciting choices. Please keep us in your prayers as we work our way through this discernment process.


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
May 30, 2017

The committee met Thursday, May 25th, to outline the process that will be used to screen the Pastor Information Forms (PIFs) we receive for potential candidates. A PIF is essentially equivalent to an application. Chapel in the Pines' Ministry Information Form (MIF) was approved by the Commission on Ministry (COM) of the eastern neighborhood of Salem Presbytery on May 25. It has been sent to the denomination and is posted on the denomination's web site.  The denomination will start sending Chapel in the Pines potential candidates for the called, installed position based on the candidate's profile and Chapel in the Pines MIF in which the church specifies characteristics sought in a pastor. The church will also receive self-referral applications from candidates. The MIF is also posted on our website under the left hand side tab for Pastor Search.


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
May 22, 2017

The committee met Sunday May 21 and will meet again Thursday the 25 to outline the process that will be used to screen the Pastor Information Forms (PIFs), applications, for potential candidates we receive. Chapel in the Pines' Ministry Information Form (MIF) will be reviewed by the Commission on Ministry (COM) of the eastern neighborhood of Salem Presbytery on May 25. Once it has been approved by the COM, the MIF will be sent to the denomination and be posted on the denomination's web site. The denomination will send Chapel in the Pines potential candidates for the called, installed position based on the candidate's profile and Chapel in the Pines MIF in which the church specifies characteristics sought in a pastor. The church will also receive self-referral applications from candidates.


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
May 8, 2017

With session approval of the Ministry Information Form (MIF) on May 7, the PNC has forwarded the MIF to the Commission on Ministry (COM) of the eastern neighborhood of Salem Presbytery. The COM will meet on May 18 and consider the form for approval. Once it has been approved by the COM it will go to the denomination and be posted on the denomination's web site. The denomination will send CITP potential candidates for the called, installed position based on the candidates' profiles and Chapel in the Pines MIF in which the church specifies characteristics we seek in a pastor. The church will also receive self-referral applications from candidates. 


Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update
April 26, 2017

The first meeting of the PNC was Wednesday, April 19, with our appointed representative from Salem Presbytery, John Johnson. He reviewed the steps needed to be taken prior to calling our next installed pastor: 

  • Develop a Ministry Information Form (MIF) based on information from the Mission Study and ongoing life of the congregation
  • Submit the MIF to session, then the Presbytery for approval
  • Once approved, the MIF will go on the denomination's website
  • The PNC will receive Pastor Information Forms (PIF) from the denomination and from self-referrals
  • The PNC will review the PIF's and narrow down the candidates
  • The PNC will use a variety of means to interview and assess the character and works of the final candidates
  • Once the PNC discerns God's will to choose a pastor, the Presbytery will approve the individual and the congregation will have the final vote 

The PNC is in the process of developing the MIF, hoping for session and Presbytery approval in May. Once the actual search begins, anyone in the congregation should feel free to reach out to pastors of whom they are aware who may be a good fit.

The members of the PNC are Monty Brekke, Amanda Briggs, Pat Chappell (chair), Paul Harrell, Lynne Hoerter and Marcia Ladd. Please feel free to reach out to any of us.

 

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