Pastoral Transition Timeline
- August 2, 2020
Summer 2021 - Summer 2022
Spring - Fall 2020
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021
Transition Team Update: November 24
The Transition Team continues to meet monthly to shepherd the transition process of our church. We have supported Bob in his onboarding to First Pres. We have begun researching options for the formal Mission Study process, which will likely start after the new year. Meantime, the informal part of the Mission Study process is well underway. Bob has having individual meetings with staff to understand their work, their vision for the future and where they need support. He has also been doing individual meetings with Session members, gaining insight to our church's leadership body and the specific committees and their work. Bob has also met with Presbytery to get their guidance on the study process. We also continue to work with Barb Snyder on the Prayer Ministry and very much appreciate all who participate in the monthly prayer sessions and weekly prayer focus areas (remember to join us on prayer on Thursdays at noon!)
Transition Team Update: August 12, 2020
The Transition Team, also serving as the Interim Pastor Nominating Committee (IPNC), is in the process of receiving and reviewing resumes from a number of applicants. Over the next few weeks, we will be interviewing qualified candidates to learn more about their ministry experiences and their interest in First Pres. We ask for your prayers as we meet with these candidates. We continue to receive guidance from COM (the Presbytery committee that supports churches in transition). Caroline has been approved by Session and COM to moderate Session until an Interim is in place.
The Transition Team has hosted two Town Hall sessions on Zoom with about 40 members participating in the discussions. A third Town Hall session is scheduled for Sunday, August 23 at 10:00 a.m. Questions from these town hall sessions have been collected in a Pastoral Transition FAQ document, soon to be available. Communication during this transition process is an important element in our journey to call a new head pastor.This is a time for prayer and discernment, a time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we see God leading us. You will have an opportunity to join others in praying for this transition during the weekly individual prayer time on Thursdays at noon, and collectively at virtual prayer sessions. The first virtual prayer session is scheduled for Sunday, August 16 at 10:15 a.m.
Through the website and other communications, the Transition Team will continue to provide more details as we move through the transition process, as well as answer questions you may have. Transition Team members are available to meet with any groups to discuss the process and answer questions. If you’d like to schedule a team member to meet with your group, or if you have questions or comments for the team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates on the pastoral search will continue to be shared in the mid-week emails, the church website, and in the bi-monthly newsletters.
Transition Team Update: July 1, 2020
The Transition Team, also serving as the Interim Pastor Nominating Committee (IPNC), has begun to advertise the Interim Pastor position through the church website as well as a number of channels. We expect to begin receiving resumes very soon.
Through the website and other communications, the Transition Team will continue providing more details as we move through the transition process, as well as answering any questions you may have. Transition Team members are also available to meet with any groups to discuss the process and answer questions. If you’d like to schedule
a team member to meet with your group, or if you have questions or comments for the team, please email us at email@example.com.
Since we are not physically together, please stay tuned to weekly emails and other communications for the details of this virtual Congregational Meeting as well as information about how we will be celebrating Greg’s time with us.
Transition Team Update: June 7, 2020
The Transition Team is hard at work planning for Greg’s pastoral transition. The team has met twice with the Executive Presbyter, Stated Clerk, and Committee on Ministries representative from Donegal Presbytery, the first meeting with Session and the second with just the Transition Team. These meetings provided information on the transition process and provided an opportunity to ask clarifying questions.
The Transition Team is currently in the planning phase and will be able to communicate an overall timeline in the near future.
What has been done to date:
Planning to celebrate Greg’s ministry is underway
Planning to round out the Sunday preaching schedule is underway
Session voted to approve the Transition Team as the Interim Pastor Search Committee. A job description for an interim pastor has been drafted.
Transition Team Members are Joe Battavio, Kathy Bird, P.J. Dakes, Jeff Gross, Elizabeth Guman, and Kathy Westhafer.