Purpose: Report of Pastor Nominating Committee

July 18,  2020
Dear Friends,
Your Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is very excited to announce that we have selected our nominee to be the next Pastor/Head of Staff for Cary Presbyterian Church. With help from the Personnel Committee, we have prepared the Terms of Call and presented them to the nominee.  The nominee has accepted those Terms of Call and is very excited to be presented as our candidate. 
The Session has voted to call a Congregational Meeting to be held via Zoom on Sunday July 26, 2020, immediately following the worship service. The purpose of the meeting is:
1.    to receive the report and recommendation of the Pastor Nominating Committee to issue a call to the candidate selected to be the church's next Pastor/Head of Staff;
2.    to conduct a vote of the congregation membership to issue the recommended call;
3.   and, to approve the proposed Terms of Call.
Because our candidate is currently serving another congregation, we cannot share the name or specific details until the Congregational meeting. However, we want you to share in our excitement and to have some insight into the process that has led us to this place.
Since our commissioning in January 2019, your PNC has spent many hours together meeting, praying and discerning. Each of us also spent time reading the Personal Information Forms (PIFs) we received from more than 120 prospective pastors, listening to on-line sermons and reviewing media profiles. We held 35 in-person meetings, hosted 13 zoom meetings, conducted 11 skype interviews, spent three weekends in on-site interviews, and shared hundreds of emails and phone calls. Our recommendation is unanimous. 
As a way of remembering and reflecting on our journey that brings us to this point, we would like to share with you an excerpt from the Ministry Information Form we submitted for all prospective pastors to review:  "Cary Presbyterian Church is seeking a grace-filled leader and an inspiring preacher who will
  • nurture spiritual development and provide pastoral care while walking alongside our congregation
  • ensure a cohesive, rich worship experience that demonstrates caring for the world
  • guide us on issues that call for justice, love and mercy
  • appreciate diverse experiences and energetic discussions. 
Our new pastor will appreciate and honor the treasured legacy and traditions of our church, while challenging us to experiment, adapt, and let go of those things that are holding us back. Our new pastor will be an inspirational preacher who is skilled at crafting vibrant worship services. Equally important are the skills of building relationships, challenging us while relating to us, and making connections amongst the broader membership that will enhance our connection with each other and God."  
Your PNC presents a candidate with more than 27 years of experience with 25 of those as a Head of staff.   This candidate obtained a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary and is a trained Stephen Leader.  They have used their knowledge and talents to instruct others, co-author and author several books. This person is married, has two adult children, and has strong ties to North Carolina.   
Your PNC has spent countless hours in conversations with our candidate, watching their worship services online, speaking with the candidate's references, and meeting with the candidate and spouse in person. We are confident this pastor has the right experience, gifts, and credentials, but more importantly, shares compatible theology, values, ministry goals, and chemistry, as well as the right disposition to serve our congregation.  
The candidate we bring forward shared with us the following in describing what they are looking for in moving to a new worship community. "I would like to serve in a joyful place, where laughter is common; where leaders are dedicated to the work of being servants and to practicing discernment in decision-making; where worship is understood to be a central means of grace and therefore is crafted with care and attention so that it glorifies God and provides the best possible opportunity for those gathered to encounter the Spirit and be called out for service in God's world; and where the staff are energetic, resourceful, joyful, mutually supportive, and committed to servant-leadership among the people entrusted to our care..."
Your PNC wishes to acknowledge that none of this could have happened without the presence of our Ever-Living and Ever-Present God. We were blessed with God's presence throughout these many days. We prayed for willing hearts, clear minds, humility, and the love to listen to one another.  The Spirit often reminded us of our limitations. We attempted to set aside our selfish desires and faulty judgements; we pushed aside the temptation to take the easy path. We yearned for God's will for our church and the way was paved.  God gave us all a spirit of cooperation and community to clearly see and hear.  Today we rejoice.  May God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Amen.  
We are looking forward to sharing more with you at our congregation meeting.  We hope to see you there.
Blessings, Your PNC team - Emma Anderson, David Bohm, Jeanne Bolick,
Sherry Bradsher, Louis Lambe, Linda Oglesby and Matthew Simmons
This letter is being sent out electronically and also mailed through the postal system.

Because our meeting will be held via the Zoom internet platform, all members on the active roll of the church will need to join at the link below. (Obviously, the paper copy of this letter does not provide a working link. Please refer to the identical letter sent out electronically, or on your computer type in the link info manually and accurately.)

Topic: Congregational Meeting - Report of PNC
Time: Jul 26, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 857 2034 5630

Please Note : If you do not have or do not choose to use the internet, you can still join the congregational meeting by telephone, using this procedure:
Dial   +1 646 558 8656 (Carrier charges may apply.)
Then, when prompted, enter the meeting ID 857 2034 5630

In the unlikely event you are asked for a "Unique Participant Code", press the # key. You should be able to listen in on the meeting.

Voting for online participants will include your  resp onses to a three-question ballot, which allows multiple family members on the same screen to all vote. This procedure will be explained at the meeting. It is similar to the process utilized at our previous Zoom congregational meeting. ( Those attending by phone can vote by unmuting your phone if it is muted, pausing for a moment, say yes or no, and then wait to be sure your voice vote is acknowledged. Re-mute your phone and listen for the results and the rest of the meeting.)

We thank you in advance for a smooth and successful important Congregational Meeting.