Presbyterians believe that God uses committees, papers, procedures, and our polity, sprinkled with a generous measure of prayer, Scripture, and worship, to help us discern who it is that God is calling to be our pastor. This call is confirmed as the pastor, the church, and the Presbytery each say “yes” to the relationship.
During the time of transition between pastors, the congregation is invited to engage in a spiritual discernment process to discover or reconfirm its call to ministry—what God wants the church to be and do in the next phase of the congregation’s life. The Interim Process Team is beginning that discernment process now – working with the congregation to discern what we are looking for in a new pastor and where GBPC’s ministry is going.
Once this becomes clear, the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC), in consultation with the Presbytery, begins the discernment process of discovering who God is calling to be the pastor in this next chapter of our congregation’s life and ministry.
Following are the general steps in the process the PNC will follow to find our new pastor:
The Interim Process Team is calling on all GBPC members to take part in the discernment process to determine what we are looking for in a new pastor and where GBPC’s ministry is going. Sign up now at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094CADA92CA0F9C16-interim#/ to participate in a group meeting in September, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d prefer to set up a one-on-one meeting.