Written by the Pastor Nominating Committee
In light of Gareth's recently announced plans, an update from your Pastor Nominating Committee feels overdue. This process is unique and it may sometimes seem as if we are indifferent to the congregation’s anxiety and curiosity. Not so! We are working diligently and effectively, learning more about our church and our mission each week and remaining relentless and confident in our search.
The PNC’s timeline began with our last head of staff, Joe Clifford, announcing in July 2016 his call to Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Greg Gibson then started as our interim pastor that fall. In February 2017, the Session requested that the Congregational Nominating Committee begin the process of selecting nominees for the PNC. Following a call for nominations from the congregation, the PNC was formed and charged by the congregation during worship on April 2, 2017. Other than Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, we’ve met every Wednesday since that time, often for three-hour sessions. Initially, we spent time familiarizing ourselves with the PC (USA)’s search processes, in listening sessions with the congregation, and in developing our Ministry Information Form (MIF). The Session approved the MIF on June 6, 2017, and we hit the ground running. We received well over 100 Pastor Information Forms from computer-generated matches and dozens of referrals from you and other friends of our church from across the country, many of which were intentionally solicited from other pastors and denominational leaders.
We then began to listen individually to hundreds of sermons and corporately to dozens of sermons from remarkable candidates. Our meetings for most of last summer and fall were spent narrowing this prodigious group. We began individual interviews by telephone and Skype in December and have made a number of trips to worship with and meet with prospects in person. At least three candidates have worshipped with our congregation in the past few weeks, so know that your continued attendance and welcoming presence are very important!
During this transition, one thing that remains constant is the faithful work of this congregation. You are amazing, resilient, and impressive, a fact that our candidates repeatedly affirm.
We are convinced that we are progressing in our discernment of God’s plan for our church. Our meetings start and finish with prayer for guidance from the Holy Spirit to help us discover the pastor that we believe God has already chosen for us. As Christians, we place our faith in God. As members of our church, we ask for your continued prayers as we trust in this process and each other to heed God’s call for FPC Dallas. We look forward to sharing our progress with you more frequently.
About the PNC
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