PNC Updates for Members

 

What is the Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC)?

When a church is without a pastor, or after the effective date of the dissolution of the pastoral relationship, the congregation shall, with the guidance and permission of the Committee on Ministry, proceed to elect a pastor in the following manner. The session shall call a congregational meeting to elect a nominating committee, which shall be representative of the whole congregation. The committee’s duty shall be to nominate a minister to the congregation for election as pastor. Public notice of the time, place, and purpose of the meeting shall be given at least ten days in advance, which shall include two successive Sundays.
 
PNC Members: Jessica Cerino, Carole Cook, Robin Hoy, Josh McMahon, Anita McNamara, David Seaman, Pam Shaw, Alan Smith, Gary Zanfagna.

 

2017 Mission Study Report

The downloadable document is the final report derived from the Mission Study Task Force congregational meetings. Click the title above to download the document. The report contains a short summary, a section with analysis of the input collected at the Mission Study Task sessions and an appendix with background information used for the Mission Study.

The Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW) Mission Study report has been approved by the PCW Session, and by the Elizabeth Presbytery on May 8, 2017. The report will now be provided to the PNC for use in their efforts to call a Pastor-Head of Staff. Additionally, the report will be made available to our staff, Session and Deacons for use in ongoing efforts as they assess and consider priorities, ministries and programs. The Mission Study team is grateful for the open and sincere participation on the part of the congregation without whom this document would not have been possible.

Questions regarding the content of this document may be addressed to the co-moderators of the Mission Study Task Force; Alan Smith and Martha Kieczykowski at Alandsmith518@gmail.com or marthaqk@gmail.com.
 
 
 
Key
PNC – Pastoral Nominating Committee
PCW – The Presbyterian Church in Westfield
MSTF – Mission Study Task Force
MIF – Ministry Information Form
PIF – Pastor Information Form
 
 
April 2018 Update

The PNC has received over 70 PIF’s and conducted over 5 interviews.  We continue to review PIF’s and interview possible candidates.  We are still meeting weekly-even by telephone conference call-when the weather prevents us from meeting in person.

Leslie Dobbs-Allsop, the Interim Presbytery Leader for Elizabeth Presbytery, attended one of our meetings.   She provided some additional contacts and made suggestions of other ways for us to get the word out that PCW is looking for a Senior Minister.

We have found that the best candidates come to us through referrals.  We continue to welcome contact names for possible candidates or networking contacts. Email pcwpnc@gmail.com if you have any referrals.
 
 
March 2018 Update

The PNC has received over 65 Pastor Information Forms (PIF’s). We continue to participate in preliminary interviews with possible candidates.  Our best source of qualified candidates has been by “referral” or “word of mouth”.  Please contact any member of the PNC by email at pcwpnc@gmail.com, if you know a minister that might be a good candidate or have a suggestion of someone we should speak with.  We are in the process of reaching out to the Synod and large presbyteries around the country.

The PNC is excited to have had input in the creation of the new tri-fold information brochure that was developed by Communications, Outreach and Welcome and Worship Commission. This brochure describes the opportunities that PCW offers for all ages; includes a list of staff and their contact information; and includes our Vision and Mission statements.  The brochures are located in the pews, Westminster Hall & in the Church Office.

 

 

February 2018 Update

The PNC has received over 50 Pastor Information Forms (PIF) so far.  We  had a few preliminary interviews in January.  We continue to receive PIF’s and referrals through networking.  Please speak with any PNC member if you have a name of a minister who might be a candidate or if you know someone we should talk to that might have names for us.

The PNC uses PCW’s Mission statement when responding to questions from candidates during our interviews.  We are very clear with the candidates that PCW currently has a vision and a mission. We are looking for our new Senior Minister to help us continue to implement the current vision and mission- not create new ones.

Watch out for the new PCW Information Brochure in the pews with our mission and vision on the back panel. The goal is for all commissions, committees and congregants to evaluate all of the things we are doing to make sure that they further our mission.  If not, it may be time to stop doing that particular thing and look for something new.  Please continue to be aware of and live out PCW’s Mission Statement:

  • Invite people into a relationship with God
  • Grow together as devoted followers of Christ, and
  • Serve others through the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
Thank you for continuing to pray for our future Senior Minister whom God has already chosen for us.  Also- thank you for praying for the PNC that we discern who that person is that God has chosen.
 

 

January 2018 Update

The PNC has received over 40 Pastor Information Forms (PIF) so far.  We begin having preliminary interviews in January.  We will also continue to receive PIF’s.

Networking has provided many leads of possible candidates.  Please speak with any member of the PNC if you know of a minister who might be a candidate or if you know someone we should talk to that might have names for us.

Please continue to live out PCW’s Mission Statement:

  • Invite people into a relationship with God,
  • Grow together as devoted followers of Christ, and
  • Serve others through the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
Thank you for continuing to pray for our future Senior Minister whom God has already chosen for us.  Also, thank you for praying for the PNC that we discern who that person is that God has chosen.
 

 

December 2017 Update

The PNC has received 38 Pastor Information Forms (PIF) so far.  Twenty-four were matched by the Church Leadership Connection (CLC) and 14 were self-referred. We are in the process of reviewing the PIF’s.  We will continue to receive additional PIF’s through further CLC matching and self-referrals. 

Through networking over 50 people have been identified to speak with about suggestions for names of potential candidates.  This list has been broadened to include Seminaries.  Thank you for your suggestions and please continue to speak with any PNC member to give them names of people you think we should contact for referrals.

The PCW website has been updated. At the top right corner of the website is a PNC Update link.  When you click on that link it takes you to  a screen with two boxes.  One is for Pastor Candidates and the other is for Church members. 

Feel free to check out both boxes to see all of the information that is available. Thank you for your continued prayers.
 
 

 


 

November 2017 Update

Good news!!!! Members of the PNC met with Elizabeth Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry (COM) on Thursday night, 10/5/17, to present PCW’s Minister Information Form (MIF).  The COM was very supportive and approved our MIF with a couple of suggestions and minor changes.

The PNC loaded our MIF onto the Church Leadership Connection (CLC) website. The MIF was reviewed and electronically signed by PCW’s Clerk of Session and a Presbytery representative.  The CLC matched PCW’s MIF with Personal Information Forms (PIF’s) from pastors looking for positions in their data base. The MIF is posted under “Opportunity Search” on the CLC web site. Prospective pastor candidates can view PCW’s MIF and self-refer his/her PIF to the PNC.  We now have access to the matched PIF’s and a self-submitted PIF.

The PNC has shifted into “networking mode”. We are speaking with many people asking them for suggestions of prospective candidate’s names. If you have a suggestion of someone we should contact or minister’s name that should be considered please reach out to any member of the PNC.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
 
 

October 2017 Update

The PNC gave the congregation an update of our status on Sunday, 9/17/17, when the PNC was commissioned at all of the worship services.

We have completed the Minister Information Form (MIF). The draft MIF was emailed to the Session asking them to advise the PNC if there was anything in the MIF that was surprising or concerning to them. The Final Draft MIF will be distributed to the Elizabeth Presbytery Committee on Ministry on 9/28/17.  Members of the PNC will attend the Committee on Ministry meeting on Thursday, 10/5/17, to present the PCW MIF and to answer questions.  We are hopeful that the Committee on Ministry will approve the PCW MIF at that meeting.

Once our MIF is approved a member of the PNC will enter it into the Church Leadership Connection data base which is located at the PC(USA) offices in Louisville, Kentucky.   The MIF will then be read and approved by PCW’s Clerk of Session and the presbytery. Both will electronically sign the document.  The MIF will then be available to be seen by perspective candidates.

We encourage the congregation to share suggestions for prospective candidates as well as provide continued prayers.
 
 

September 2017 Update

Your Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) has been meeting weekly.  Sam Henderson gave us some education on how “calling a minister’” is different from “hiring” a minister. We met with several people that served on previous PNC’s.  They shared with us their insights and advice on the process to call a minister. We learned that the PNC is a “call” discernment group. It is our role to discern who God is calling to be our next minister.

We are currently in the process of gathering the information needed to complete the Ministry Information Form (MIF).  The form includes statistical information; our Mission Statement; five narrative questions; a list of 33 leadership competencies we select 10 that are required for our search; the minimum Effective Salary (Cash Salary plus housing allowance) and a list of 3 references. We are reviewing/revising the job description in order to answer one of the narrative questions.  The draft MIF will be presented to Session for their input.  The final MIF will be presented to the Elizabeth Presbytery Committee on Ministry for approval.

We thank you for your continued prayers.
 
 
 

June 2017 Update

A Meeting of the Congregation of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, New Jersey was called for Sunday, June 25, 2017.

The meeting was held for the purpose of electing members of the congregation to the Pastor Nominating Committee AND to elect one person to serve as Elder – Session class of 2020. The Pastor Nominating Committee has the sole responsibility to present a candidate for the position of Pastor-Head of Staff to the congregation for consideration.
 
 
 

Pastor Nominating Committee

  • Jessica Cerino
  • Carole Cook
  • Robin Hoy
  • Josh McMahon
  • Anita McNamara
  • David Seaman
  • Pam Shaw
  • Alan Smith
  • Gary Zanfagna