Update on the Pastoral Search
January 8, 2108
Dear Stillmeadow Nazarenes,
Happy New Year! As we enter this year let us first take a moment to thank God for His faithfulness to Stillmeadow in this season of transition; and second to thank you for your continued acts of service, prayers and support of your church board and staff.
Back in June we gave you the Steps in the Calling of a Pastor. Below is a review of that process.
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.
Your church board and I continue to work through this process. With your help we completed the congregational profile and put together a pastoral profile to serve as a guide in our search. Following the presentation of those profiles in our town hall meeting, many of you submitted names for us to consider in our search. That has led to the current phase of the process, where the board prayerfully reviews and evaluates the candidate list as we seek the God-chosen person for this position.
Because of the confidential nature of this part of the process, we ask you to persist in prayer for our church body, our church board and for the next lead pastor. We thank you for your patience.
Please continue to join us as we fast Monday’s seeking God’s will and direction for Stillmeadow.
We thank God for you and your partnership in the gospel and mission of Jesus Christ in these days of transition at Stillmeadow and we look forward to continuing Jesus’ mission with you, for Him, in the days ahead.
Blessings and Peace
Dr. David W. Bowser
Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent
cc: Chastity Frederick, Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene Board Secretary