Here are some of the questions we are discussing:
The Interim Process Team (IPT) works with the Interim Pastor and the congregation through the next steps of the interim process in various ways, but primarily by meeting with members in small groups to discern who GBPC is and what qualities GBPC desires in its next called installed pastor.
The team will plan the logistics of the process details, scheduling meetings, determining what questions to be discussed, and the compilation of the team’s findings. The IPT will schedule and facilitate meetings with the congregation on various days and times to maximize the number of opportunities available for members to contribute to the process. The information gathered by the IPT will feed directly into GBPC’s Ministry Information Form (MIF), which is the church’s ‘resume’ that will be viewed by pastor candidates.
Your GBPC IPT team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or concerns. The team consists of:
Dates for September meetings with the congregation have been shared on the Sunday bulletin insert. Sign up sheets are on the Information ledge in the narthex. If you’d like to sign up online, click the link below. At these meetings, we will be facilitating conversations on identifying what we have learned from the past and how we take our insights from the past and present into the future of Great Bridge Presbyterian Church. An important part of our conversation will include discussing the characteristics we’d like to see in our new called installed pastor.
As of June 14, 2023, there were 1466 Ministers of Word and Sacrament seeking church-related positions. There were 774 positions in the system. So there are twice as many pastors seeking a call as there are calls available. A shrinking pool of pastors does not seem to be an issue at this time; we will continue to monitor this metric as we move forward in our process.
There are many ways that PC(USA) churches are distinct from churches in other denominations. One major difference is in how we govern ourselves. We believe in a representative church government that is led by the Holy Spirit; this basically means that we elect members from our congregation to “represent” us on the governing board or Session, to make decisions about the worship, finances, and life of our particular church.
This does not mean that ruling elders solicit opinions on how we should vote on a particular issue, either at the church level or at the presbytery, synod, or General Assembly levels. We believe that God alone is the Lord of conscience, and, while we believe in hearing everyone’s voice, we are led solely by what we discern the Holy Spirit to be directing.
We follow the Reformed tradition in our doctrine and we have a defined polity, or constitution, to guide us. Our constitution is made up of two documents: the Book of Confessions and the Book of Order.
You can find out more about what makes us unique at the following LINK.
Yes, but it can be a longer process. The PC(USA) is currently in what is called “full communion” with three other churches: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); the Reformed Church in America (RCA), and the United Church of Christ (UCC). This full communion makes provision for the orderly exchange of ordained Ministers of Word and Sacrament. There may be additional requirements expected of ministers in these three other denominations that could possibly extend the call process.
The steps can be complex, but here’s an overview:
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