The Presbytery plays an important role when a pastor retires or leaves for a new call. Larry Hooker, representing Salem Presbytery's East Neighborhood Commission on Ministry, is already working with the Transition Committee on the steps we need to take.
The chart below shows the usual order in which steps are taken to find an interim pastor, prepare for, and call the new pastor.
The Pastor announces his/her intention to leave and requests dissolution of relationship with the congregation and a
The Transition Committee is appointed to begin a search for an interim pastor and will plan a farewell for the pastor. Salem Presbytery's Neighborhood Commission on Ministry (NCOM)appoints a liaison to work with the Transition Committee
The Interim Pastor working with the Mission Study Committee completes the Mission Study and financial review.
The Ministry Information Form is uploaded to the Church Leadership Connection. The Clerk of Session
and the NCOM sign off
on the form electronically.
Presbytery staff conduct matches in the Church Leadership Connection with Pastor Information Forms that are emailed to the Pastor Nominating Committee moderator.
Presbytery Staff provides Church Leadership Connection login-in ID and password for the
Pastor Nominating Committee
and Clerk of Session.
The Pastor Nominating Committee receives Pastor Information Forms from self-referred candidates and other sources.
The PNC brings in the top candidates for interviews. Simultaneously, the Presbytery liaison schedules Suitability and Fit interviews with the NCOM and PNC.
After a period of discernment, the committee extends a call to one candidate who has completed the Suitability & Fit interview. If the answer is "yes," complete background check and proceed to next step. If "no" back up and repeat steps.
PNC narrows the list to the top 2
or 3 candidates. Reference checks are made by Presbytery staff.
Inform the Liaison and Office Manager. Candidate meets with Examinations Committee. Call form is prepared and approved by the Session and NCOM.
The NCOM approves the election of the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) and the PNC fills out the Ministry Information Form (MIF).
Session adopts and sends the MIF and financial review to NCOM for review.
The PNC narrows the list to the top
5 - 10 candidates and preliminary reference checks are made by the PNC and/or liaison.
The PNC conducts interviews (in person, teleconference, phone) with top 5-10 candidates
Examination is successful and COM approves the call. The PNC asks the Session to call a Congregational Meeting
Here is where we are now
PNCNC slate elected by Session on 6/18/18
Interim Pastor selection goes to Session for approval. 9/24/18
The nominee is approved at a Congregational Meeting. Liaison, PNC, and Candidate select an Administrative Commission for Installation, for approval. The call is presented by the PNC at the next Presbytery meeting.