The Session of HP Pres adopted the following process on January 20, 2024, to find our next Senior Pastor.
Create a Transition Plan to ensure the church is effective in its mission and vision during the search process.
Appoint a Slate Making Task Force (SMTF). Learn more about the SMTF on the timeline below.
The congregation begins to submit recommendations for the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) to the Slate Making Task Force (SMTF).
Creation of a Congregational Survey to better understand the needs of HP Pres, based on church-wide surveys, focus groups, and interviews.
Congregation receives and affirms the Slate Making Task Force (SMTF) nominations for the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).
Finalize a Church Profile and Pastor Position Description.
The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) searches for and selects a pastor to nominate to the congregation. (This is the most time-intensive step of the process.)
The congregation votes to affirm the pastor nominated by the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).
The new Senior Pastor of HP Pres is welcomed, and onboarding begins.
The Journey So Far
As part of the process of searching for our next Senior Pastor, we want to hear from you. This Congregational Survey will help our future Pastor Nominating Committee have important information during the search. Thank you for your participation.
The Slate Making Task Force is seeking recommendations from the congregation for members of our next Pastor Nominating Committee. Let us know about people who may be a good fit by submitting names through the button below.
Prayer for Submitting Names
Father, I pray that you would fill me and guide me through your Holy Spirit as I recommend people to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). I entrust the whole process to you. I pray for supernatural wisdom and discernment for the Slate Making Task Force. I ask now that they may select a PNC that is prayerful, dynamic, diverse, and attentive to your voice while leading to call the next Senior Pastor of HP Pres. Lord, we want to abide in you as we seek to lead all generations to find and follow Jesus for the flourishing of the city and beyond. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Requirements to be on the Pastor Nominating Committee:
- Agree and adhere to ECO’s Essential Tenets.
- Have been a Covenant Partner for at least three years.
- Deeply committed to prayer.
- Active and spiritually invested in the ministries of the church.
- Able to work effectively on a team.
- Possess a sense of spiritual discernment.
- Possess unique and diverse spiritual gifts.
- Isn’t a current member of the staff at HP Pres.
The due date for submitting recommendations is February 20, 2024.
Our Session formed a Slate Making Task Force (SMTF) consisting of three Elders, three Deacons, and three Covenant Partners who are not serving as either Elders or Deacons. The primary role of the SMTF is to gather recommendations from our congregation for the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC), narrow down the recommendations to 9 to 11 covenant partners representing every part of life at HP Pres, and present them to the congregation for an affirmation to form the PNC. The PNC will then begin the prayerful work of searching for our next Senior Pastor.
|Justin Eastburn (moderator)
|Anne Lindsey Hunt
On January 19, the Session gathered together at their annual retreat to celebrate where God has taken us, and to seek where he is leading us in the future. Read the update, titled “The Path Ahead – Part One”.
On Sunday, January 8, Elders shared an update with the congregation, thanking them for their unity and support, and requesting prayers for the upcoming Session Retreat, which would define the Search Process
Jay Lee, Executive Pastor, is appointed Head of Staff by the Session of HP Pres, and sends an update to the congregation about the next steps taking place to care for our congregation and plan for the future.
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