OCTOBER 2019 UPDATE
People in the congregation ask: When will the PNC be done? (It’s also a question posed by some of our family members!)
We’re heartened by strong interest in our church from gifted pastors whom we’re engaging in an iterative process of exploring fit and discerning whom God is calling to be our next senior pastor.
- 140 people—applicants who have been screened (with respect to education, relevant experience, etc.). Review and discernment concerning them continues.
- 10 months – the time that the PNC has been at work developing the senior pastor job description, advertising, networking, receiving and screening applications, etc.
- 25 months – the time it took the previous PNC to select Ian Noyes.
- 18 months – the time it took for the PNC to select Mark Labberton.
Ten months into the PNC work, we covet your patience.
Maintaining a thorough and systematic evaluation process while attentive to God’s leading, our PNC team has been diligently meeting (often twice a week), while each of us also reviews new candidates each week. We’re steeped in edifying sermons.
In accordance with the process prescribed in the Book of Order and consistent with the oversight provided by the San Francisco Presbytery, PNC members maintain strict confidentiality and cannot discuss applicants or their status with anyone outside of the PNC.
We update the congregation regularly, and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been recently updated. We welcome your communications with us. Please continue to keep the PNC in your prayers!
We’re conscious of the rich, challenging context in which we live and of the new vision we’re seeking to live into as a church community:
Love concretely, even when it’s risky,
serve generously, whoever has need, and
pursue God’s restoring justice.
May God grant us wisdom and eager expectation for all that God has in store for us!
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