Steps in the Calling of a Pastor
In the previous post, you can read Pastor Bud's letter to our congregation notifying us that he is following God's lead to serve as pastor in Charlottesville, VA. This means that Stillmeadow will be entering a season of pastoral transition.
As we enter the season of pastoral transition we thank God that Jesus has led the church over 2000 years through many leadership changes and has remained the Head of the Church, continuing to inspire His mission and bringing His transformation through local congregations around the world.
Will you join us in prayer as we seek God's direction for the next stage of ministry at Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene?
One of the privileges of being a part of the family of the Church of the Nazarene is that there is already a process in place for guiding local congregations through the pastoral leadership transition. Take time to familiarize yourself with the process below. You will see that there are many people involved in this process, from the church board to the District Superintendent, from interim leadership to the congregation. Please pray for each as they take part in this process.
YORK STILLMEADOW CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
STEPS IN THE CALLING OF A PASTOR
1. The District Superintendent meets with the local church board to begin the process of calling a pastor. This includes the following:
a. Urging prayer as a necessary ingredient for determining God’s will.
b. Selection of interim pastoral arrangements (the interim pastor will not be considered as a candidate for pastor.)
c. Enabling the church board to develop a profile of the person that should serve as pastor.
d. Considering the records of those persons who are to be considered potential nominees for office of pastor.
2. The church board, under the direction of the District Superintendent, shall select a person as a possible nominee and arrangements will be made for a personal interview. The board will be expected to keep any names of potential pastors confidential, and it will be appreciated if the congregation honors this expectation.
3. Following the interview, the church board will meet in executive session to evaluate the information gained from the interview. Then a ballot vote will be taken as to whether this person shall be nominated to the church membership. If at least a two-thirds majority of the board members vote affirmatively, and the District Superintendent approves, the name will be presented to the church membership for formal voting.
4. In compliance with the requirements of the Manual, the meeting of the church membership for voting on a prospective pastor will be announced in at least two preceding regular services.
5. Before voting, the congregation will have the opportunity to meet the pastoral candidate in order to get acquainted.
6. In the church meeting, all active members (age 15 and above) will be entitled to vote. The call of the pastor requires a two-thirds favorable vote by ballot of the church members of voting age present and voting. There is no allowance for absentee voting.
7. When the call is extended to the minister under consideration, the minister shall communicate acceptance of the call no later than 15 days from the dates of the church meeting voting that call.