Next Steps in Transition

 
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Hello NAPC Family,

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the NAPC staff for doing a wonderful job as we continue our ministry into the summer and fall. We greatly appreciate the Rev. Megan Johnson for providing capable leadership leading up to the arrival of Dr. Mark Brewer as our Interim Senior Pastor on Aug. 1.

The following is a source for finding the latest information on the transition:

• Fourth Sunday Q&A at The Crossing at 10 a.m. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, on Aug. 25.

Prayer – Please continue to pray often for all of us during this time of change. Pray daily for the Weimers, the Brewers, and the person who will be called as the new Senior Pastor. Also, pray for the whole transition process as many people (staff and members) are doing extra tasks during this period of opportunity. Your prayers are felt and needed. Thank you especially to the team of Claire Hertzler, Carol Hightower, and Laura Gettler for organizing and leading the prayer effort. The following are opportunities for prayer:

• Corporate prayer on Sundays from 8:15-8:50 a.m. in Overlook-A

• Pause for Prayer wherever you are on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) – Thank you for your abundant and thoughtful recommendations for the PNC. The combined HR and Transition Teams are in the final stages of evaluating the input received from the Congregation regarding who should be on the PNC. We plan to present the slate prior to a Congregational Meeting in September.

Congregational Survey – Thank you for taking the TCI survey and for “Having Your Say.” The number of responses to the survey was excellent, and more than 250 people participated. The results of the survey will help inform the PNC and Senior Pastor candidates of the heart and calling of the congregation, and the results will also help guide NAPC’s future trajectories.

We sincerely apologize to the few people who encountered a technical glitch in submitting the survey. We are continuing to work with Leighton Ford Ministries to resolve the problem to ensure that everyone has their say. If you encountered a problem while taking the survey and did not complete your submission, please contact Lisa Ellinger, Executive Assistant for Worship, at lisa@napc.org

In conjunction with the survey, LFM has conducted six small focus groups in order to gain greater insight into the life of the church. We expect to receive the complete results and evaluation of all assessments from Leighton Ford Ministries in the fall, and we will share a summary of the findings accordingly.

 
 
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FAQ’s

What does the Interim Pastor Nominating Committee do?

  • The IPNC is charged with defining the roles, responsibilities, experience and skills that the Interim Pastor would need to possess to best serve NAPC.

  • Maintain open lines of communication with the Presbytery, NAPC Leadership and Staff and the congregation regarding the progress.

  • Identify and interview experienced candidates.

  • Present candidates to the Presbytery for acceptance.

  • Present selected candidates to the Session and congregation.

What Groups are involved in this process?

  • Session

    • Session is the governing body of the Church and is composed of Elders from NAPC.

  • IPNC

    • IPNC is made up of the individuals (Samantha Hodgkins, Marc Pilgrim, and Neale Hightower) who were nominated and approved by Session to spearhead the search for an Interim Pastor.

  • Presbytery

    • The Presbytery has selected a team to work with the IPNC, providing guidance and support through this process.

What can you do?

  • Stay Connected

    • IPNC values your opinion and will be announcing ways for you to communicate your heart regarding the search for our Interim Pastor.

  • Continue to offer affirmations and encouragement to Session, Staff, and the Presbytery during this time of transition.

  • Join us in prayer for:

    • North Avenue leaders in Session and Staff

    • The IPNC and the yet to be selected Pastor Nominating Committee

    • Scott and the Weimer Family

    • The future Interim Pastor

    • The future Senior Pastor

  • Express gratitude and questions

  • Continue to serve

What is an Interim Pastor and what will they do?

  • An Interim Pastor will be a primary preaching voice between Dr. Weimer’s departure and the calling of a new Senior Pastor.

  • An Interim Pastor plays a vital role role in helping NAPC navigate this period of change.

  • An Interim Pastor will continue the vision and mission of NAPC.

  • An Interim Pastor will work with leadership, staff, and the congregation to maintain focus, energy, and cohesion.

  • An Interim Pastor will be the moderator of Session.

What is happening now?

  • We are working hard on to identify what NAPC needs in an Interim Pastor and identifying candidates that have the range of experience and skill set to fulfill those needs.

  • We are planning a time to hear from you, the entire NAPC family, regarding our new Interim Pastor.

Prayer over our Transition -  Pray with us as we anticipate the arrival of our Interim Senior Pastor, Dr. Mark Brewer, in August. The prayer team invites you to renew your efforts in prayer for the future of our church. Please pray for the energy and endurance of our staff, and for the formation of the Senior Pastor Nominating Committee. May we be open to what new things God is doing in our midst. Isaiah 43:19 proclaims, “Now I am doing a new thing; do you not perceive it?” Join in corporate prayer on Sundays from 8:15-8:50 a.m. in the Library and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. for a “Pause for Prayer” wherever you are. Questions/Information: Claire Hertzler,  clairehertzler@gmail.com

Prayer over our Transition - Pray with us as we anticipate the arrival of our Interim Senior Pastor, Dr. Mark Brewer, in August. The prayer team invites you to renew your efforts in prayer for the future of our church. Please pray for the energy and endurance of our staff, and for the formation of the Senior Pastor Nominating Committee. May we be open to what new things God is doing in our midst. Isaiah 43:19 proclaims, “Now I am doing a new thing; do you not perceive it?” Join in corporate prayer on Sundays from 8:15-8:50 a.m. in the Library and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. for a “Pause for Prayer” wherever you are. Questions/Information: Claire Hertzler, clairehertzler@gmail.com

Transition Discussions -  The Transition Team is working to provide regular updates on the progress of the pastoral transition. Meet with members of the transition Team in the Crossing at 10:05 a.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month for an informal discussion on our transition. You can also send questions to  transition@napc.org

Transition Discussions - The Transition Team is working to provide regular updates on the progress of the pastoral transition. Meet with members of the transition Team in the Crossing at 10:05 a.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month for an informal discussion on our transition. You can also send questions to transition@napc.org