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By Elder William Hodgkiss
With Pastor Wolfe’s retirement at the end of May, Westminster will transition to an interim leadership phase as we begin the process of searching for and calling a new pastor. In February, Session appointed an Interim Pastor Nominating Committee (IPNC). Unlike an installed pastor, an interim pastor relationship is not a formal call by the congregation. Instead, the Session makes the decision on the interim pastor subject to approval by the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry (COM).
Many interim pastors have received special training to lead a congregation through a period of transition. One of the interim’s biggest responsibilities is to help the congregation prepare to welcome the leadership of the next installed pastor. This includes assessment of current programming and staffing, and helping to make necessary changes. The interim pastor also is responsible for worship leadership and preaching, pastoral care, moderating and working with the session to provide for the life and ministry of the congregation, administrative work including supervision of other staff persons, and staff support for programs and committees of the congregation.
The IPNC developed an interim pastor position description that incorporates these responsibilities. It was approved both by Session and the COM and serves as a roadmap for evaluating potential candidates. The IPNC has interviewed several candidates and we hope to have an interim pastor approved soon. At the same time, Westminster is forming a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) that will begin the process of looking to our future and, in the coming months, will search for the next installed pastor.