Front Row: (L-R) – Wendy Moeller, Stephanie Brinson, Marianna Dunn.
Back Row: (L-R) – John Robert Mattocks, Steve Mabie, Jim Copland, Cille Griffith.
Pastor Nominating Committee Begins Work
The FPC – New Bern Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) has convened and has begun the process that will ultimately lead us to our next Senior Minister / Head of Staff. The PNC was elected during our first ever ZOOM Congregational Meeting on Sunday, August 23 from a slate submitted by the Nominating Committee.
Serving the church on the Pastor Nominating Committee are Wendy Moeller, Cille Griffith, Jim Copland, Stephanie Brinson, Marianna Dunn, John Robert Mattocks, and Steve Mabie. The committee is assisted by Dr. Dick Marks of the New Hope Presbytery Committee on Ministry. Dr. Marks’ appointed role is that of Vacancy Counselor, and he has assisted other churches in this capacity in the past.
New Hope Presbytery Executive, Rev. Ted Churn, met with the PNC during their first meeting, convened on ZOOM on September 1, 2020. He reviewed the established process for calling a Minister with the group. Rev. Churn used a PowerPoint presentation to highlight some of the milestones to be achieved in a successful search. The presentation also called attention to “best practices” and to pitfalls for the committee to be aware of. Following the meeting, Dr. Marks was appointed as our Vacancy Counselor.
At the second PNC meeting on September 8, 2020, Rev. Eddie Bellis reviewed the FPC Ministry Plan developed by the earlier Pastor Transition Team. Particular attention was given to the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT Survey) which was completed in the Spring of 2020. This vehicle gives the PNC group clear insights into the perceived health of the church. Also discussed in Rev. Bellis’ presentation were the gifts and qualities the survey participants believe are important in our future Pastor candidates.
During this second meeting, Wendy Moeller was selected as Chair of the PNC, Steve Mabie as Clerk, and Marianna Dunn as Tech Support / Communicator. The PNC plans to meet several times a month, either in person or by ZOOM. The Presbytery Committee on Ministry reports that most search efforts are completed between 6 – 18 months, depending upon a variety of factors.
Although the work of the PNC is confidential, periodically the committee will report on its activities and process. Fortunately, within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) the Pastor Nominating Committee process is well-documented and well-resourced. Even so, the prayers of the congregation members are earnestly sought.
Thank you for your continued support of First Presbyterian Church – New Bern!
The Pastor Nominating Committee:
Jim Copeland, Marianna Dunn, Stephanie Brinson, Wendy Moeller, Cille Griffith, Steve Mabie and John Robert Mattocks