October 2018   
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Position Description - Member of Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC)


The pastor nominating committee (PNC), representative of the whole congregation and elected by the congregation, has the ultimate responsibility for nominating a minister to the congregation for election as the next pastor. Click Here to see a video describing the PNC. Over a number of months, the PNC will journey through the pastoral search process, seeking to hear the call of Christ and “to participate in God’s own choice” for your next pastor. In the pastoral call process, the PNC’s responsibilities include:

  • Completing the congregation’s Ministry Information Form (MIF) and submitting it to session and presbytery for approval;
  • Entering the approved MIF online with Church Leadership Connection (CLC);
  • Receiving, reading, and evaluating Personal Information Forms (PIF) in a spirit of prayerful openness to the movement of God’s Spirit;
  • Regularly providing reports to the congregation on the pastoral search progress;
  • Narrowing the field of prospective pastors through listening to sermons, reference checking (by both the PNC and the presbytery), and phone or video conference interviews—all while sharing, listening, and praying together;
  • Interviewing face-to-face the “short list” of prospective pastors, providing for a welcoming and hospitable visit to your church community;
  • Arranging with the presbytery for the necessary examinations and approvals of your finalists;
  • Selecting one nominee to present to the congregation and negotiating the terms of call;
  • Obtaining presbytery approval of the call;
  • Presenting the nominee to the congregation for its vote;
  • Following the affirmative vote of the congregation, signing the pastoral terms of call for the new pastor;
  • Notifying Church Leadership Connection (CLC) when a call has been extended and accepted.