Questions about Congregational Life in Leadership Transition
Church Leadership & Staff Roles & Responsibilities: Spring 2019 update
Who has leadership and authority during this process? What can we expect from our Session, the Interim Pastor and the Presbytery?
As always in a Presbyterian Church, the Session holds final decision-making authority for all financial and programmatic decisions. Staff members create and facilitate programs, offer guidance based on past experience, and make recommendations, but the Session has the ultimate authority. Deacons serve the congregation in practical ways as always. The Interim Pastor moderates the Session, offers guidance in working through the process, serves the church as pastor and preacher, and serves as head of staff. The Presbytery assists in locating an interim pastor, coaches the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) on how to do their work, does background checks on candidates, interviews final candidates for theological soundness and fitness to serve, and leads a service of installation for the new pastor.
Is there a dedicated communications role to help keep the congregation informed of decisions, budget, etc., during this transition period of leadership?
Elder Kate Vanskike has agreed to assist in this way. You can expect to see regular updates published on our web site and in email communications. If you have questions you’d like to see added to a future Q&A, feel free to email Pastor Sandy or Kate (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Are any further staffing changes expected in the foreseeable future?
Staff changes are very common during an interim period, but we aren’t aware of any more that are planned. One impact of change is that we have chosen to postpone Star Club until fall while our new children’s director (Rocky Abbott) becomes familiar with our ministries.
Are there members of Session or staff who have reached out to families/members we have lost during the period of transition?
Yes, and yet there is more to be done.
Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC)
During a congregational meeting on March 17, 2019, members voted to approve these individuals as the Pastor Nominating Committee:
See “Pastoral Search” for additional information on this topic.