Our recent practice has been to hold just one annual meeting of the congregation in March, where all the business was handled at once, like viewing the budget, reviewing the previous year, voting on terms of call for "called and installed" pastors, and electing officers. However, this model meant that the terms of call occurred far into the year, an issue with the IRS, and our newly elected officers had very little time to be developed and prepared for leadership. We're now changing that model. Last Sunday we held our first Congregational Meeting this year to elect officers who will be seated on their commissions and committees in May. In March we will hold our Annual Meeting to review our budget and present highlights of the 2019 church year.
We now need to elect the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC). We had to wait to start this part of the process until we got approval from the Commission on Ministry (COM), which means we missed the meeting last week, and are six weeks away from the Annual Meeting in March. Session agreed with the Congregational Nominating Committee (CNC) that we should start our search for Associate Pastors as soon as possible; hence the need to hold another Congregational Meeting to initiate this process by electing an APNC.