When a Church is searching for a new pastor, many people ask how they can help the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). There are several things you can do.
Most important is prayer. Pray for the church, its leadership, its mission, and its future. Pray for the PNC, that the Holy Spirit will guide their work and help them discern God’s call for the church.
Trust the PNC with this vital task of discernment, and then let them do their work without advice or questions, however well intended. Trust them to do their task and to let you know what you need to know, when you need to know it. Encourage members of the PNC by understanding when they are not available for other things, and tell them that you appreciate what they are doing for the Church.
You will quite naturally be curious about the progress of the PNC. However, by PC (USA) and Presbytery policy, the work of the PNC is completely confidential, so no individual can answer questions or provide any information about the work of the PNC to anyone, including church staff and the families of PNC members. Any communication comes formally, from the whole PNC. [Read more…]