Pastor Nominating Committee Hard at Work

In order to begin writing the next chapter in the Southminster story, we are actively seeking our next Pastor. On July 19, 2020, the congregation elected a committee of 12 members, chosen to be broadly representative of our community. The PNC Committee is meeting weekly and will provide periodic updates on our work. See below for past issues of the “PNC Chronicles.”

PNC Committee Members (and leadership roles):

  • Marylou Belknap-Jones (Corresponding Secretary)
  • Wally Carey
  • June Carlson
  • Kirstin Fredrickson (Meeting Secretary, Budget Manager)
  • Kathie Huddleston (Vice-Chair, Session Liaison)
  • Vicki Lukich (Chair)
  • Christine Mouzong
  • Amanda Olson (Zoom/Technology Lead)
  • Dave Pierce (Session Liaison)
  • Aron Racho
  • Dan Rasmussen (Congregation Communications)
  • Val Schulze

PNC Chronicles Vol. 2 (10/5/2020)

After two months of weekly meetings, the Pastor Nominating Committee is feeling positive about the progress we’ve made. Our first big hurdle will be completing the Mission Information Form, which serves as our church’s profile in the Presbyterian “matchmaking” system. While we aren’t there yet, we’ve made a lot of great progress, and we should be over this hurdle in the next few weeks.

We thought this might be a good time to review the issue of confidentiality around our committee’s work. While the results of our work will be known to all, the details of how we get there must be kept confidential. There are some good reasons for this:

  1. We want our members to speak freely about their experiences at Southminster and hopes for its future. We are building trust within the committee by promising one another that what is said in the PNC will stay in the PNC.
  2. Ministers need to be able to express interest in our church without jeopardizing their current situations. So you will never hear names or descriptions of candidates until we are ready to announce that someone has agreed to be called here.
  3. Sometimes these processes can experience sudden changes of direction. If we start talking about a possible outcome, then that outcome doesn’t happen, that can damage trust all the way around.

So feel free to contact committee members and express your thoughts, offer encouragement, or whatever you wish. Just don’t expect to hear any details about our discussions or candidates. But rest assured, when we do have some good news to share, you’ll be the first to know.

For now, keep on praying for us. We still have lots to do.

PNC Chronicles: Vol. 1 (8/31/20)

On July 19th, the members of Southminster elected a Pastor Nominating Committee: twelve individuals chosen to represent our diverse congregation. On August 5th, we began meeting weekly via Zoom. As August comes to a close, we want to begin reporting back to you from time to time on our progress. Keeping in mind that a large part of what we do must be kept confidential, we can say a couple things about our work so far.

First, we are learning the process. We are studying the procedures laid out by the Presbyterian Church for matching pastors to churches, and we have also had a chance to hear from some folks who have been through it before – at Southminster and at other churches. Helping us get oriented is our excellent Presbytery representative, Rev. Jim Wallace of Calvin Presbyterian in Tigard.

Second, we are coming together as a committee. That means sharing our hopes and experiences, setting ground rules for making sure all voices are heard, and electing leadership. Vicki Lukich is serving as Chair and Kathie Huddleston as Vice Chair, while several other folks have designated roles within the committee.

It’s important to share that our number one ground rule is to maintain a spiritual focus; that is, we always want to keep in mind that we are looking for more than just a person to do a job. That we are seeking the best relationship between a pastor, a congregation and God, in order to carry out our mission to the world. We have committed that when the going gets rough, we will pause to reflect and pray. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue on this important journey.