Nominating Committee 2017

A Message from the Nominating Committee


The Pastor Nominating Committee nomination process opens Sunday, April 30 and closes 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 14

The Pastor Nomination Committee nomination process is now closed.

The Process for Electing a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) at Central

  1. The presbytery authorizes the congregation to elect a PNC. (Complete)
  2. The Nominating Committee discerns optimal structure and criteria for PNC selection and prepares nomination process. (Complete)
  3. The nominating committee prepares a slate to be voted on by the congregation
  4. A congregational meeting is held to elect the PNC (TBD mid-to-late June 2017)
  5. The PNC is elected and commissioned for its work.

Selection considerations for PNC Nominations

In considering nominees for the PNC, the nominating committee will strive for a PNC that is representative of the whole congregation, including church members of integrity who are:

  • knowledgeable about our church community, Presbyterian theology and polity;
  • leaders within the congregation and are active in the life and work of the congregation, including both newer and more tenured members, and participation in annual pledging; • able to make a significant commitment of their time, energy, and very best wisdom;
  • willing to accept this as a task of spiritual discernment, not being easily influenced by personal desires or congregational politics, but rather listening for the voice of God; and
  • able to honor confidentiality.

Role of the Pastor Nominating Committee

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. 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 candidates’ 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 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;

Expectations of Members of the Pastoral Nominating Committee

  • Meeting Frequency: Likely weekly or bi-weekly for a duration of 12-18 months
  • Travel: Some travel to visit pastoral candidates may be required by some members of the committee. These 2-3 trips typically occur later in the PNC process and will be covered and/or reimbursed by the church.
  • Prioritization: Nature and occasional urgent nature of PNC work requires members to make PNC a significant priority, demonstrating flexibility, availability and responsiveness.


Nominations Requested – Ruling Elders and Deacons

This past Sunday, our Congregation elected Jason Bliss, Jeff Figueroa, Judy Kisla, Debbie Miller, and Stephanie Williams to the 2017 Nominating Committee, joining Brady Lum, Chair and Tricia Downing, Vice-Chair representing Session, and Ed Carwile, representing the Board of Deacons. The Nominating Committee asks your help in identifying qualified leaders to serve on the Session and Diaconate.

On Being a Deacon

Book of Order Guidance: G-2.0201 Deacon Defined

The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.

Being a Deacon is a wonderful call to service. Deacons are the “servants” or “caregivers” of the congregation. In our congregation, people have all kinds of needs – they are recovering from surgery, grieving, lonely, ill, or otherwise in a time where they welcome the ministry of care from our congregation. In a very real way, Deacons are the hands and heart of the Church in our ministry of caring. Serving as a Deacon of Central Presbyterian is a privilege and a blessing. It is also an opportunity for spiritual growth and fellowship. As a deacon, you are given the opportunity to know other church members in a deeper way, serving alongside them and growing in your understanding of the burdens people carry and how the church can help.

On Being a Ruling Elder

Book of Order Guidance: G-2.0301 Ruling Elder Defined

As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session. When elected as commissioners to higher councils, ruling elders participate and vote with the same authority as teaching elders, and they are eligible for any office.

Being a Ruling Elder within the Presbyterian Church is a high calling, a unique opportunity to offer servant leadership to the congregation, and an experience of spiritual growth. During a three-year term, Ruling Elders can learn and grow in understanding through their service on committees, attendance of Presbytery meetings as commissioners, and attendance of a two-day retreat each year.

Electing Deacons and Ruling Elders is both a privilege and a responsibility as members of Central Church.  Please pray about those whom you think God is calling to the next class of Ruling Elders and Deacons and let the committee know your nominees by clicking here to access the nomination form. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 26, 2017. The slate of officers will be voted on at the Congregational Meeting on March 26, 2017.