senior pastor search


Below you will find information for prospective candidates as well as for our congregation. If you have any questions, prayers, or comments for the Pulpit Nominating Committee use this link to touch base with them.

UPDATES

  • 11.29.21: The PCA has posted the search documents and we are beginning to receive applications.

    12.3.21: The Pastor Search webpage goes live

  • The PNC has met regularly to organize the search process including meeting with the Session and spending the first portion of each meeting in prayer.

prospective candidates

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for the congregation

PNC Confidentiality policy

The Pulpit Nominating Committee seeks to be as transparent as possible about its work. PNC members are free to discuss, in general terms, how the Committee operates and what the Committee is working on. For example, PNC members could disclose:

  • How we are organized
  • When and how often we meet
  • What we are working currently working on

At the same time, confidentiality must be maintained regarding the specifics and details of Committee discussions, actions and decisions. Specific information and details should not be disclosed without the prior approval of the Committee.

 

All information about candidates for Senior Pastor must be kept strictly confidential. Nothing should be disclosed about a candidate or the candidate's status without the prior approval of the Committee.

 

When the Committee does release information, provide updates, announce decisions, etc., Committee members will affirm, and to the extent their conscience allows, support the actions of the Committee if questioned. Committee discussions and processes leading up to the release of information must remain confidential. Committee members will not criticize the Committee, Committee members, or any Committee actions in any communications outside the Committee.

frequently asked questions

If you have a question to add, email it to pastorsearch@clemsonpres.org

  • Each PCA congregation has the privilege and responsibility of selecting its own Senior Pastor. The members of the PNC were elected by the congregation on September 26, 2020 to work on its behalf in that effort. The Committee does not select the pastor. Rather, it does the necessary background research, first gathering input from the Congregation and wise counsel from a variety of sources and then identifying and evaluating candidates accordingly.

     

    “Then the pulpit committee shall, after consultation and deliberation, recommend to the congregation a candidate who, in its judgment, fulfills the Constitutional requirements of that office (e.g., BCO 8, 13-16, and 21)1 and is most suited to be profitable to the spiritual interests of the congregation.” (BCO 20-2) The congregation has the authority and responsibility to accept or reject that recommendation.

  • Kent Alter, Jerdone Davis, Maggie Erickson, Maggie Grisham, Ron Lindsay, Kevin Miles, Rob Porter, Bailie Rabon, Joel Ward

  • The search process often takes a year or more, but also may be shorter. We’re trusting God with the timing, while setting aggressive goals for our team and work. We know everyone is ready to have a new senior pastor, including your committee. 

    • Wisdom - “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
    • Faith - “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like again of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 ron. 16
    • Discernment - “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.” Proverbs 18:15
    • Perseverance - “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!” I Chron. 16:11
    • Unity - “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:4-5
    • Grace - “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
    • That we would bear the fruit of the Spirit - “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

  • You can refer them to this website or email your recommendation to us at pastorsearch@clemsonpres.org and include the pastor's name, current church, city and state.

  • Please refer to the above confidentiality policy

  • Please refer to the above confidentiality policy

  • Weekly right now, but it will vary depending on where we are in the process. We will provide monthly updates to the congregation on our progress. 

  • We currently meet for two hours. Committee members take turns leading a short devotion, then we spend about 30 minutes in prayer. The rest of the time is devoted to moving us forward in the process, with members reporting on their assigned tasks.

  • We’re currently working through what our screening process will be.

  • You can speak to any of the nominating committee members or email your questions to pastorsearch@clemsonpres.org