As was shared from the pulpit on Sunday, November 6, the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is pleased to announce that we have unanimously approved a candidate for nomination as RPC's next Senior Pastor.
The PNC reviewed over 150 pastors over the last ten months and considered many criteria in the evaluation process. We focused particularly on skills identified in the Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT) and feedback from the Listening Sessions. We heard overwhelmingly that our new Senior Pastor should be a strong and faithful preacher who could also lead our talented staff, set a strategic vision for the future of RPC, and establish personal relationships with members of the congregation. Throughout the process, the PNC was in prayer to listen and discern God's will for this church.
With all of that in mind, we believe God guided us to select this particular candidate to nominate as RPC's next Senior Pastor, and we are overjoyed to be at this point in the process with all of you.
A Congregational Meeting will be held immediately following the 11:15 a.m. worship service on Sunday, November 20, for RPC members to vote in response to the PNC's recommended candidate.
While the announcement of this meeting has created an interest in learning the name and details of the candidate, Presbyterian polity recommends we do not release the candidate's information prior to the meeting on November 20. The candidate is currently serving at another PC(USA) church, and we want to protect the confidentiality of this process.
Therefore, at the Congregational Meeting following the 11:15 a.m. worship service, we will distribute two items to the congregation. Those items will be voting ballots and an informational brochure, which will provide details about the candidate including the pastor's name, background, photos, and beyond. At the appropriate time during the Congregational Meeting, any active, confirmed member of Roswell Presbyterian Church is invited to submit a vote using the provided ballots. The ballots will be collected and counted immediately, so that the results can be announced to the congregation as part of the meeting.
We realize this a lot more detail than our typical email, but we wanted to make sure everyone was informed about all the steps and procedures involved.
Our committee is grateful for the support of the staff, Session, and congregation. We look forward to presenting our candidate for approval at the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 20.
George Dunaway and Lori Howell
Co-Chairs, Pastor Nominating Committee