I hope by now you are all aware of my plans to retire January 31, 2015. Many questions are being asked about the Presbyterian process in calling a new pastor, and I want to take this opportunity to briefly outline that process for you.
First, I am working with the Session and church staff to see how we can prepare for the transition so it goes as smoothly as possible. The Presbytery Executive has met with the Session. She will return in November with a list of Interim Pastors who are available. The Session will conduct interviews and contract with the Interim. He or she has had specialized training in interim ministry and will guide you through the process. This person will hopefully begin soon after I retire.
The church will need to do a Mission Study and create a mission document that can be used in the church resume. The Session will invite members of the church to join in this study. The congregation will elect a Pastor Nominating Committee. This committee will meet, review resumes and arrange for interviews. When the call to the new pastor is discerned, the candidate will be invited to meet informally with the congregation and lead a worship service. At a special meeting of the congregation, all members will vote to extend a call to your new pastor.
This process will take some time. It may not be perfect, but it has worked well for Presbyterians and gives the congregation a strong voice in the future leadership of the church. I will not be participating in the search process.
Many have asked about Susan’s and my plans for the future. Although, we need to step back from the congregation, we plan to remain in Logan for awhile. We plan to spend more time with our family, especially our grandchildren. We look forward to seeing you in the community and touching base with you. However, any questions concerning the search process will need to be addressed with the Interim Pastor.
For now if you have questions, please give me a call. It is both a pleasure and honor to serve as your pastor.
God's peace be with you,