Congregational Update, Presented on February 27, 2022
On behalf of the Pastor Nominating Committee, AKA the PNC, I’ve been asked to speak with you for a few minutes about our recent initial meeting that took place on Wednesday evening, February 23rd. We met for approximately 2 hours total, which included about an hour and a half of training and instruction with Debby Brincivalli and Wendy Kunz, and the final half hour just amongst ourselves.
The first thing I want to say is that this is not your father’s PNC. The reason I say that is because the process has changed so much since the last time our congregation went through this back in 1985 (circa). The majority of this is now done electronically on the internet, and there are many preliminary steps that need to be completed and approved by Presbytery before you can move on to the next step. It kind of reminds me of the old joke/question of, “How do you eat an elephant?” with the answer being, “One bite at a time!” There are numerous requirements to be completed by the PNC and approved by Wendy and/or Debby before we can even begin to think about contacting a potential new pastor for our congregation.
When I first heard the timelines that were being quoted of a year to a year and a half to complete this process in finding a new pastor, I thought to myself, why will it take that long to get this search accomplished? But now seeing how the process works, with all of the checks and double checks, along with dotting all the “i’s” and crossing all the “t’s” we have a better understanding of why this could potentially take so long. With this said, I can assure you that our entire committee is committed to moving this process along as quickly and thoroughly as possible, for not only an expeditious completion, but one that will be the best result for the entire congregation. I can also tell you that we have a very eager and enthusiastic group that is ready and willing to put in the due diligence to get the job done.
During our meeting we nominated each individual to positions of responsibility with the following results:
John Pitchford Chair
Helen Geserick Vice Chair
Erin Zorio Secretary
Liz Billings-Santora Communicator (responsible for internet comm.)
Kathy Pedicone Chaplain (who leads us in prayer)
Sue Reim & Kathy Devotions (giving inspiration to the group)
Liz and Erin Technology team (leads us in social media areas)
Nolan Becker Church Liaison (relaying progress to congregation)
We have committed to meeting once a week at a minimum, with the possibility of meeting more if we feel it will be advantageous to keep on schedule to complete tasks at hand. Please keep in mind that while our work is not secretive, it is confidential, and that we will not be able to share specifics with you while we are working to complete this search.
I’ll be communicating with you periodically when we feel we have news to share that would be of interest. If you have questions as we move forward, feel free to ask anyone on the PNC, but again, please remember that our work is confidential and must remain that way to ensure the integrity of the process for our congregation and for the potential pastoral candidates.