Next Steps in Transition
Hello NAPC Family,
The Transition Team would like to share updates on this month’s happenings in the pastoral transition process. We have passed two major milestones – first with Rev. Dr. Weimer’s last Sunday as Senior Pastor on May 19, and second with the announcement of Rev. Dr. Mark Brewer as the Interim Pastor to begin Aug. 1. The opportunity to contribute to the Love gift for the Weimers is still open. Please contact Roger Young at the church if you would like to contribute a gift.
Prayer – We continue to request that the Congregation be in prayer regularly for this time of change. Let us direct our prayers toward the Weimers, Dr. Mark Brewer, and the person who will be elected as the new Senior Pastor. A prayer team has been formed, and we encourage you to pray now and often. Two specific opportunities for prayer with the NAPC family are:
• 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.
Input to Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) – The next step in the transition process involves electing a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). The PNC has the responsibility for nominating a candidate for election as NAPC’s next Senior Pastor. Beginning May 26 and ending June 16, recommendation forms will be available to the Congregation for suggesting names of members to serve on the PNC. The form asks for detailed information, and you are encouraged to provide as much information as you know. The person you are recommending does not need to be consulted prior to your recommendation. The preferred method for submission of recommendations is via the NAPC website at www.napc.org/pncform. However, printed forms are available and may be completed by hand, and either placed in designated boxes in the Hospitality Hall or handed to a member of the Human Resources Team or the Transition Team. Team members’ names are listed on the form. Printed forms and cover letters have also been sent to each mailing address on file with the church as of late May.
Congregational Survey – Beginning June 16 and ending July 14, all members of the Congregation will have the opportunity to provide input to a survey which will help us articulate our identity as a church. Both the online survey and paper copies will be available. There will be opportunities to complete the survey at church on Sundays during the open submission period for those who are unable to complete the survey from home.
Transition Team - The Transition Team continues to oversee the entire transition process and ensure there are ongoing communications with the congregation. The members of the team are: Don Handell, Anne Barron, Tom McWhirter, Kameron Joelson, Dan Lowery, Tianna Sims-Miller, Matt Seadore, Tjada McKenna, Neale Hightower, and Robin Hubier. We host a Q&A time on the fourth Sunday each month in the Crossing from 10:05-10:25 a.m.
Please address your questions and suggestions to the Transition Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using a connection card on Sunday. We look forward to hearing from you!
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 is the governing body of the Church and is composed of Elders from NAPC.
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.
The Presbytery has selected a team to work with the IPNC, providing guidance and support through this process.
What can you do?
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.