Nominating Committee

Steps to Calling an Associate Pastor

  • Organize—in process
    Slate of Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) members proposed by Session and voted on to elect by the congregation. Weekly meetings begin, attended by a member of the Presbytery of San Francisco Committee on Ministry (COM) as needed.

  • Explore—in process
    Design and implement methods for input from the congregation, Session and staff. Work with COM regarding review of Mission Study and completing brief update for COM. Listen to and consider what God is saying about who we are and whom we are looking for.
  • Create
    Write Church Information Form (CIF), produce job description (MIF), compensation range and descriptions of First Pres’ congregation, mission and ministry. CIF must be approved by Session and COM.
  • Search
    Use all appropriate methods to publicize the opening, follow up referrals and network for recommendations. Rely on the Holy Spirit to highlight candidates whom God might be calling.
  • Consider
    Prayerfully evaluate each suitable candidate’s Personal Information Form (PIF), available sermons, books and papers. Set up initial phone interviews.
  • Select
    Conduct interviews, visit top candidates in his/her own environment, and follow up on references. Reference checks by presbytery on final candidates. Pray, confer with COM and extend a call to one candidate. COM examines candidate for membership in Presbytery.
  • Nominate
    Report to Session and the congregation. Schedule a candidating sermon at First Pres and also a congregational meeting following. Following approval by both the congregation and the presbytery, the terms of call and installation commission are finalized.
  • Celebrate
    First Pres hosts an installation service for the new Associate Pastor. We give thanks to God.