Pastor Nominating Committee Formed

August 24, 2021

By Eric Behrens and Zookie Todd
Co-Chairs, Pastor Nominating Committee

The mission of the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is to nominate a candidate for Senior Pastor to be approved by the Board of Trustees of Piedmont Community Church. In our selection of the members of the PNC, we have received considerable help from the Board of Trustees and Transitional Pastor Dr. Steve Schibsted, along with prayers for God’s guidance.

Our goal for the composition of this committee, which is of paramount importance for the future of our church, was to select PNC members who are representative of the congregation and who have a depth of experience both with the church and professionally. With the selection of the following members of the PNC, we believe we have met this goal.

The team that we will co-chair consists of the following 6 church members: Aaron Aubrecht, Ann Lin, Erin Peterson, MC Taylor, Adam Thacher and Steven Thorne.

Critical to the search for a new Senior Pastor is the preparation of a Piedmont Community Church Mission Statement, which will be sent to various denominations and Christian publications for recruiting potential candidates.

The Mission Study Team is already hard at work and hopes to complete its assignment later this year. We are fortunate that two of the members of the Mission Study Team, Co-Chair MC Taylor and member Aaron Aubrecht, have also agreed to serve on the PNC, which will provide continuity and assist us in defining the new Senior Pastor qualifications.

Following completion of the Mission Statement, the work of the PNC will begin in earnest.

We ask for your prayers for each of us and for the entire committee as we embark on this important journey together.

Mission Study Team Formed

August 17, 2021

By MC Taylor
Co-Chair, Mission Study Team

The Mission Study Team consists of a small group of Piedmont Community Church members whose purpose is to gather information from the church community regarding our church’s mission, vision for the future and qualities needed in a new Senior Pastor.

The team was commissioned by the Board of Trustees as part of our transition plan following Dr. William McNabb’s retirement last year.

The team will organize the information gathered and will create a document for use by the Pastoral Nominating Committee in their search. All input will be welcomed.

The team includes both long-standing members and new members representing a variety of life stages. Some grew up in our church while others joined our church more recently.

Members of the Mission Study Team are Katherine Campbell, Margaret Hiller, Bob Cheatham, Aaron Aubrecht, Ryan McCorvie, and Transitional Pastor Dr. Steve Schibsted.

The team is co-chaired by Cathy Nancarrow and MC Taylor.

We will cast a wide net in order to gather as much information from the church community as possible. To that end, we will use multiple avenues for the community to make their voices heard. We will have a survey, town hall meetings, a website and direct outreach to those who are not as connected to these other approaches.

All input is important to the team and none is too trivial. We will be publicizing the many ways you can take part in these resources.

Please look for the team’s upcoming announcements. We look forward to hearing from you.

2020 Articles

Church President Michael Osborn takes questions from congregants attending the first Transition Coffee Talk.

On Sunday, February 9, 2020 Piedmont Community Church President Michael Osborne and members of the Board of Trustees met with congregants after worship in Guild Hall to discuss our upcoming Senior Minister Transition. Information regarding the process, as outlined in church bylaws, was discussed. A Transition timeline, along with key definitions, was distributed. That information follows:

March 2020
Board of Trustees Initiate Transitional Minister Search
In March, our Board of Trustees will recruit and establish a small committee of church members to plan and recruit a Transitional Minister for our Church. We anticipate the Transitional Minister to be installed early January 2021.

September 30, 2020
Dr. William McNabb Retires
Our Senior Minister will retire on September 30, after 19 years of outstanding service to Piedmont Community Church. We will be organizing a proper retirement party and celebration of Bill’s service in late summer.

October 1- January 2021
Church Staff Provides Continuity and Interim Leadership
From October 1, to the time we can recruit a Transitional Minister, our current staff, led by Associate Minister Dr. Don Ashburn with the support of Rev. Scott Kail, Dr. Stephen Main, Rev. Dottie Hutch and lay leadership, will lead us through 2020.

January 2021
Transitional Minister Starts
Our Transitional Minister will be the leader of our church staff and minister during his or her service. They will also provide guidance to the Board of Trustees and a specific Mission Study team to create the blueprint for a Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC) that will lay out the priorities and criteria the congregation unites upon in finding the ideal minister to lead us for another era. The Mission Study will begin in 2021 and continue until complete, after which the PNC will embark on their service.

See Transitional Minister Job Posting

Church member Eric Behrens asks a question about the Transition time frame.

Key Definitions

Transitional Minister
A Transitional Minister, often called an intentional interim pastor, is called when a church determines there are sufficient grounds for a trained specialist. It is appropriate where there is recent light or moderate conflict, a pastorate of 10-15 years, or shifts in congregational demographics and/or shifts in the context of ministry.

The transitional pastor will have specialized training appropriate to the needs of the congregation. The
minister will be considered full time and will be committed to addressing issues as agreed in the contractual terms as a significant part of intentionality. This minister is most likely recruited from the region and the term of service is usually 1 to 3 years.

Mission Study
Our interest is the health and vitality of your congregation. Often times there are many different points of reflection to consider in order to move forward in as healthy a way as possible. For this reason, the mission study process may take some time–usually 6 to 8 months. Please do not be daunted by this time frame. While we recognize that being in transition is never easy, many congregations have found the time of reflection and discernment during the mission study period to be invaluable for the success and health of their future ministry.

We believe God is with us in this process.

The Mission Study will undergo a comprehensive reflection upon the history, review the current status and set direction for the future of the congregation in the areas of:

• Spiritual Health
• Pastoral Leadership
• Membership and Church Growth
• Finances and Stewardship
• Mission and Social Justice
• Its Role and Relationship to the Community

Photo at Right: Trustee Joan Chow addresses the transitional meeting on February 9.

See Transitional Minister Job Posting

Transitional Pastor Nominating Committee is:

Chairperson: Rich Thompson
Trustee Member: Dani Montague
Congregational At-large Members: Eric Behrens, John Chiang and Ann Lin