Pastor Nominating

In the Presbyterian Church the process of nominating a new pastor to serve a congregation involves conducting a mission study and forming a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) to discern, on behalf of the congregation, who to call as the next pastor.

Steps in this process typically include:

  • Step One: conducting a Mission Study (includes sample mission study)
  • Step Two: establishing the nominating process and the criteria for serving on the PNC
  • Step Three: inviting recommendations from the congregation of members interested in serving on the PNC
  • Step Four: hosting a Pre-PNC Gathering, some FAQs, and a discernment process
  • Step Five: electing  thoughtful people representing diverse points of view to serve on the PNC
  • Step Six: training and equipping the PNC in partnership with the Presbytery and the possibility of work with a consultant
  • Step Seven: commissioning the PNC in worship service(s)
  • Step Eight: praying for the PNC throughout the process
  • Step Nine: thanking and disbanding the PNC