Transition Path Update
As we move into the summer months, PPC continues to focus on next steps of the transition path to our new senior pastor. With Danny’s last Sunday being June 24th, we also are addressing current staffing needs.
At this time, PPC will not be filling the associate pastor position but will instead create a part time youth ministry position.
This decision has been made with Session input and approval.
On Wednesday, June 13, the Christian education committee met with the personnel committee to discuss this new youth ministry role. Next steps include creating a job description to meet the needs of our youth group and Christian education team and then advertising and conducting interviews.
On Monday, June 18th, an initial meeting took place of the vision/mission writing team. Our current statement is about 20 years old. This group will be using feedback from the CAT survey, comments from the four “share out” meetings, and demographic data on our congregation and our surrounding community to create a new vision/mission statement for PPC. This document will be shared with Session at the July meeting and if approved, will be sent to the Presbytery Committee on Ministry (COM) team. Once this is approved, you will begin to see our new vision/mission statement publicized and shared with the congregation.
This vision/mission update and approval is the next required step in our Senior Pastor search.
In August, the Presbyterian Committee on Ministry will meet and hopefully give approval to our new vision/mission statement.
Once approved, COM gives authorization to PPC to form our Senior Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).
Our current nominating committee is gathering names of interested people for the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). The PNC will not be formed, nor meet, nor come before the congregation for a vote until AFTER COM approval of our vison/mission statement in August.
In reality, this means that a PNC will probably not be ready to officially start until after summer.
This makes sense for the time of year, considering summer vacations and so on, and it also allows us the time we need. This part of the Presbyterian process cannot be rushed. It must be thorough and thoughtful.
Please continue to pray and ask for God’s guidance as we take these next vital steps on our transition path to our new senior pastor.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
the Transition Steering Committee and PPC Session