Oh Happy Day!
If you were at the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, you experienced the excitement of learning about Rev. Amos Disasa and of voting to call him as the new Head of Staff Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. If you were sitting with the Pastor Nominating Committee on either side of the pulpit, you also got to look into hundreds of joyous, thankful faces - sometimes through a teary eye.
As Jeremiah has been reminding us, the Lord has plans for a future with hope, and we experienced a foretaste on Sunday
What we saw on Sunday was a leader who will help move us into the future. But we also saw a congregation of faithful, excited believers eager to embrace God's plan for our beloved church.
Oh Happy Day!
To read more about Reverend Disasa, click here. You can also watch the video below for a deeper introduction to Amos and his family. More information on the Disasa family's arrival is forthcoming.
Greetings from your PNC!
On April 2, 2017, you graciously elected us to serve on FPC's Pastor Nominating Committee to call our next senior pastor. While we are actively engaged in the call process, we can appreciate that, other than knowing this will take some time, many members of the congregation may not know much about how this all works.
At our first meeting, liaisons from Grace Presbytery helped get us acquainted with each other and introduced the call process. In that meeting we elected Bill Cobb to serve as our Chair, and Julius Zsohar, III as our Vice Chair, and made a commitment to meet weekly. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions and an overview of the process and anticipated milestones.
We will provide periodic updates on our progress, but in the interim, if you have any questions, concerns, or input, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Acknowledging the importance of our work to the life of our church, we also request that the congregation include the work of the PNC in your daily prayers.
With a heart for FPC,
How long does the process take?
As long as is necessary to call the right pastor, but generally, one to two years.
How much can you talk about your work on the committee?
The committee takes the confidentiality of its work very seriously. We can discuss process, not people.
How do you find candidates?
The PCUSA has a matching system that matches our job posting (the "MIF") with resumes (or "PIFs"). Often other ministers or seminary personnel will make suggestions for candidates who they think would be a good fit for this FPC position. These suggested candidates would submit a PIF just like a candidate who had been matched through the system.
Can I suggest a candidate?
Yes! Please email suggestions and recommendations to email@example.com. This is welcomed and encouraged!
The Ministry Information Form ("MIF")
MIF is short for Ministry Information Form, and it is the document that gives us the opportunity to describe who we are, what we do, how we do it, and what we are looking for in our next Senior Pastor. Think of it has our official job posting.
Once finalized, the PNC submits the MIF to both the Session and Grace Presbytery's Committee on Ministry. When approved, it will be sent to the PCUSA for matching with candidates.
The Personal Information Form ("PIF")
PIF is short for Personal Information Form, essentially a pastor's resume and application. PCUSA will match our MIF with PIFs in its database.
The PNC will then evaluate candidates and conduct interviews until a candidate has been chosen by the committee. When the PNC has reached a final decision on a candidate, such decision must be approved by the Presbytery and the Session will then call a Congregational Meeting to approve the call to the new minister.