Times of transition can be an exciting time in the life of a church and that is certainly true with this process as we are excited to see the direction that God has in store for us moving forward. This transition process is a prayerful, thoughtful, time-tested process and we are confident that God has the right person in mind for us. Please join us in praying for the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) as we continue to cover this entire transition, from start to finish, with prayer.
The members of the APNC are Jill Ashmen, Terry Lynn Bright, Kari Muller, Joe Quattrock, Sandy Ross, Liz Thomson and Peter VanDyke.
Where are we in the Process?
- ORGANIZE (Completed) – Congregational Nominating Committee compiles a slate of candidates for the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) which is voted on at a Congregational Meeting.
- PREPARE (Completed) – The APNC meets with Presbytery representative and prepares our Ministry Information Form (MIF). Once finalized our MIF, is sent to Session and the Committee on Ministry (COM) for approval.
- SEARCH (In Progress) – The MIF is posted on the national Presbyterian website and in other appropriate places. The APNC explores leads from the congregation and other places and begins to receive Personal Information Forms (PIFs) from pastoral candidates.
- REVIEW (In Progress) – The APNC prayerfully reviews PIFs, sermons, recommendations, interviews, visits, references etc. leading to a ranking of candidates.
- SELECT – Search is prayerfully narrowed. After conferring with the COM, a final nominee is chosen and the invitation is made to be the candidate presented to the Congregation.
- NOMINATE – The candidate for Associate Pastor is presented to the congregation. The congregation votes to receive the candidate at a congregational meeting.
- CELEBRATE! – After being approved by the Congregation and the Presbytery, an installation for the new pastor is held at the church. Thanks be to God!
Updates from the APNC
Congregational Meeting Update – October 15, 2017
Our committee continues to meet on a weekly and sometimes a biweekly basis. We have entered the interview stage of the process and are having wonderful conversations with strong men and women of faith. This is an exciting part of the process as we have the opportunity to get to know candidates better and they have the chance to learn about PCTR, the position, our ministries and mission as well as the Toms River area. Thank you for your support, patience and most especially your prayers! Please continue to pray for us and for the candidates, that we may all listen for the still, small voice of our Lord as he guides each of us and helps us to discern what His will is for us and the wonderful candidates we have the honor of getting to know.
APNC Continues To Review Candidates – Wednesday August 30th, 2017
The APNC has been meeting weekly all summer long and is making progress. We continue to review PIF’s (Personal Information Forms) that have been matched through the PCUSA matching service. While reviewing new PIF’s, we have also started interviews with potential candidates to learn more about them, their ministry and where God is calling them to serve. We appreciate all of your continued prayers as we move forward in this process to find the person God is calling to join us here at PCTR.
Presbytery Has Approved the Ministry Information Form – Saturday June 25, 2017
The process is moving along! Monmouth Presbytery has approved our Mission Information Form (MIF), the document that describes our church and the position we are looking to fill! We have now been able to put our MIF into the candidate matching system of the PCUSA. We have already received some Personal Information forms from the system and will begin reviewing these to see where God is leading us. Now the reviewing, interviewing and meeting of candidates can begin. Thank you for your continued prayers. We are excited to begin meeting potential candidates and seeing who God has chosen to join us here at PCTR
Session Has Approved the Ministry Information Form – Wednesday May 31, 2017
The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that we have completed our Ministry Information Form (MIF). This is a standard form describing our church, the position we are looking to fill and how this position will help PCTR move into God’s future for us. On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 the MIF was presented to The Session for their approval. The Session voted to approve the MIF and the next step in the process is to forward our MIF to The Committee on Ministry at Monmouth Presbytery for their approval. Once that occurs, our MIF will be uploaded into the candidate matching service of the PCUSA. We are excited to begin the process of reviewing and interviewing potential candidates for our position of Associate Pastor of Community and Congregational Care. We will continue to update the congregation so that you all can share in this journey. We thank all of you for your continued prayers and support.
APNC Meeting Regularly And Has Begun Creating MIF – April 26th, 2017
As a committee we would like to update you on our progress. We have been meeting regularly and have begun the process of creating our Ministry Information Form (MIF). This form is designed to tell potential candidates about PCTR and what we are looking for in our new Associate Pastor. We are working diligently to discern God’s guidance and His direction for our church. We ask that you, our family of faith, pray for us as well as our staff as we continue this journey. We will be providing you with updates along the way so that you are informed and encouraged. Thank you for your continued support and prayers!
Associate Pastor Nominating Committee Members Selected – March 19th, 2017
The members of our Associate Pastor Nominating Committee were voted on by the congregation at our Annual Congregational Meeting on March 19th, 2017. The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee consists of: Jill Ashmen, Terry Lynn Bright, Kari Muller, Joe Quattrock, Sandy Ross, Liz Thomson and Peter VanDyke. As they are diligently and prayerfully working to identify the person we will call to be our church’s next Associate Pastor, we ask that you would join us in praying for the team and for the process.