How can I help?
Pray! Consider praying for the process, the PNC, our next Pastor and the Grace community during this time of transition.
What is the PNC (Pastor Nominating Committee)?
The PNC has been elected by the congregation and is tasked by Session to find the next Senior Pastor.
What is the charter for the PNC?
The PNC is tasked to work on and oversee the steps of the process including work on a Senior Pastor job description, updated Church Information Profile, review and interview candidates, and present final candidates to Session for approval.
Is there a formal process for the search?
Yes, the ECO Pastoral Search and Transition Guide. Please keep in mind that it is intended as a guideline and that ECO, recognizing that each church/search is unique, affords the latitude to adjust various steps along the way in accordance to the individual situation in order to best serve the needs of the congregation.
Is the PNC using a search firm to help find candidates?
Yes, the PNC is using a search firm called SIMA. SIMA has many years of experience in helping churches find Senior Pastors. SIMA has also been selected by ECO to work with other ECO churches. ECO resources are also being utilized in the search.
Why is the PNC using a search firm?
A search firm is a partner and spends significant time at the beginning of the process learning who Grace is and what characteristics are the best fit for the next pastor. They have an extensive network of contacts which provides a larger pool of candidates. Ultimately the PNC made its decision to use a search firm based on discussions with individuals from other churches who have used or are currently using a search firm. So, due diligence was done to make the decision.
How do I recommend a candidate to the PNC?
You may discuss this with any member of the PNC to ensure that we have not already received the same recommendation. You may formally recommend a candidate by sending an email to the PNC (firstname.lastname@example.org). Send the pastor’s name, current location/church and contact information. Comment on why you are recommending this pastor and include insights into this person’s particular gifts and reasons why he/she would be good for Grace.
What steps are we taking to be certain that we attract candidates from more diverse backgrounds?
We are confident that by using a search firm we will be able to cast a much wider net and reach more potential candidates.