Cross Roads Church is seeking a Pastor ...
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What does PNC stand for?
A: Pastor Nominating Committee. The PNC was elected in November 2016 by the Congregation to search for a Pastor to be presented to it at a subsequent date.
Q: What is a MIF and a PIF?
A: MIF is an abbreviation for the Mission Information Form. This is the document that describes JCPC/Cross Roads Church to potential candidates for our Pastor vacancy, and also describes the qualities and characteristics we are looking for in a pastor.
A PIF is a Personal Information Form and contains the information that a traditional resume would have. It is the document that we will receive from candidates interested in the position or who have been matched to us through the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Church Leadership Connection.
Q: How long will this take?
A: The Presbyterian Church (USA) determines the process we must follow in selection our next pastor. Throughout the process, we must follow the guidelines provided by the Book of Order and consult with our local presbytery. In fact, the PNC is assigned a representative from the Committee on Ministry (COM) to aid us through this process. All of this is designed to allow a fair and open search process and allow sufficient time for prayer and discernment. As a result, there is no set timetable.
Q: Will we be able to find out who the PNC is considering?
A:Due to the confidential nature of a pastoral search, the PNC will only present one candidate to the Congregation and cannot disclose other candidates that may be considered. If the candidate presented to the Congregation is not acceptable, the PNC will continue the search process.
Q: What can I do to help?
A: The most important thing you can do to help is to pray for the members of the PNC, as they discern God’s will for JCPC/Cross Roads Church and consider potential candidates.
A humorous Progress Report from the Pastoral Search Committee:
by George Houtman
In our search for a suitable pastor, the following notes have been assembled as to progress to date. Of the candidates investigated by the committee, only one was found to have the necessary qualities to serve our congregation in the office of Senior Pastor. The following list contains the names of the candidates and findings on each.
NOAH: He has 120 years of preaching experience, but no converts.
MOSES: It is believed that he committed murder. He stutters. His former congregation reported that he loses his temper over trivial things.
ABRAHAM: He took off to Egypt during hard times. We heard that he got into trouble with the authorities and then tried to lie his way out.
DAVID: He is of unacceptable moral character with adultery on his record. There is an allegation of conspiracy to commit murder but this is unproven. He might have been considered for minister of music had he not 'fallen.'
SOLOMON: He has an honorable reputation for wisdom but fails to practice what he preaches.
ELIJAH: He proved to be inconsistent, and is known to fold under pressure.
HOSEA: His family life is in shambles; divorced and remarried to a practitioner of a pagan religion who may even be a prostitute.
JEREMIAH: He is too emotional, an alarmist; some say a real 'pain in the neck.'
AMOS: Comes from a farming background. Better off picking figs.
JOHN: He says he is a Baptist but lacks tact and dresses like a hippie. Would not feel comfortable at a church potluck supper due to his non-standard food requirements.
PETER: Has a bad temper and is believed to have denied Christ publicly, maybe more than once.
PAUL: We found him to lack tact. He is too harsh, his appearance is contemptible and his sermons are far too long.
TIMOTHY: He has potential, but is much too young for the position.
JESUS: He tends to offend church members with his preaching, especially Bible scholars. He is also too controversial. He even offended the search committee with his pointed questions.
JUDAS: He seemed to be very practical, co-operative, good with money, cares for the poor, and dresses well. We all agreed that he is just the man we are looking for to fill the vacancy as our Senior Pastor.
Thank you for all you have done in assisting us with our pastoral search.
Pastoral Search Committee chairman