Northminster began the process to search for a new pastor. The steps in the process are described below:
Mission Study – The first step was to conduct a “Mission Study” with the congregation to determine the identity and mission of Northminster. This was done in September and October and consisted of two cottage meetings and a survey, each covering a different aspect of the identity and mission of Northminster. The cottage meetings were held during worship on September 11 and September 18. The third portion of the process was a survey. The results were compiled by the Transition Team which is composed of Robin Atiyeh, Daniel Barnett, Lowell Cornelius, Ron Garcia, Amanda Magee, Susan McManus, Hazel Quisumbing and Bill Strautman, moderator. The report was submitted to the session for approval and then to the Committee on Ministry of Mission Presbytery(Presbyterian Church, USA) and Trinity Presbytery (Cumberland Presbyterian Church). When the Mission Study Report is complete it will be posted here.
Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC)
Approval of the Mission Study by the two presbyteries allowed Northminster to form a PNC whose responsibility is to discern the pastor that God is calling to Northminster. The PNC is a committee of the congregation elected by the congregation and who reports to the congregation. Candidate information and discussions within the PNC are kept confidential.
Ministry Information Form (MIF)
One of first tasks of the PNC is to prepare an MIF which provides information about the church and what it wants in a new pastor. The PNC will use the Mission Study Report to complete this task. The MIF is entered into a PC(USA) database that is available to all pastors interested in a new call. It is also circulated within the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Personal Information Form (PIF)
Pastors filled out a similar form, a PIF – a type of resume for pastors. Through a computer program, churches and pastors with similar philosophies of ministry and ministry values were matched. The PNC read and prayed over the PIFs to establish a shortlist of candidate pastors.
Short–listed candidates are assessed in a number of different ways. Sermons are listened to, additional information may be requested, references and backgrounds are checked, internet video interviews are conducted and then the final candidate is brought to San Antonio for a visit.
Once the PNC makes a decision on a new pastor, it is approved by both presbyteries and then by the Northminster congregation. At that time, a formal call is issued to the new Northminster Pastor. This entire process may take 12+/- months.