Calling a New Pastor
A number of people have asked me about the process that will be followed when my retirement becomes effective March 1, 2016. First, let me assure you that I do not in any way participate in that process. In fact, I am prohibited from doing so. However, there is a process that is followed whenever a pastor leaves a congregation whether by call to a new work or retirement.
The first step will be for the Session to work with the Presbytery in securing an interim pastor to work with the current pastoral and program staff, and with the church’s leadership to prepare the congregation for new leadership. Following that the Congregational Nominating Committee will place in nomination names of members of the church to be elected to serve on a Pastoral Nominating Committee.
These links from the denomination’s handbook On Calling a Pastor might be helpful to you in understanding this process. These two chapters deal with the Call Process and the Transition Process.
Memorial Presbyterian Church is graced with strong and competent leadership in the elders who compose your Session, who will, I am confident, lead you through this time of transition into the new future God has planned for you.
Grace and peace be with you.