Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Open congregation conversation session

The Pastor Nominating Committee invites the congregation to an open conversation session on Sunday, October 21 in the chapel following the 11:00AM worship service. All are invited to inform us about what qualities you may like to see in our next pastor. We are also interested in your vision of Idlewild's future.

We are sincerely grateful for the thoughtful suggestions, comments, and questions we have received in our listening sessions so far. You may have participated in a session already, perhaps in Sunday School, or in our conversations with staff and clergy, or in our exchanges with the diaconate and Session. 

Truly, these sessions have been conversations and not merely passive listening sessions. Because of time constraints (and possibly our own gregariousness), we may not have heard every voice. Perhaps you had more to say and did not have the opportunity, or perhaps you have given the future of Idlewild additional prayerful thought in the interim. Some may not have been able to participate at all. Whether you want to follow up on a prior conversation or speak with us for the first time, October 21st will be your opportunity to engage the PNC regarding our shared future. 

As you contemplate the work God will do at Idlewild under our next pastor, we encourage all to remember our vision statement, which has formed the foundation of the PNC's work thus far:

Idlewild Presbyterian Church is a community in which ...

Jesus Christ is the center; The mighty voice of God inspires us to love; the Spirit joyfully sustains and nurtures seekers of every age, stage and circumstance.

Worship forms the core of community life; prayer binds our brokenness and connects us in Christ's love to God and to one another; music, poetry and art flourish in gratitude to our Creator; the beauty of creation is treasured and preserved; all the members of the church are ministers.

The focus is scripture and its meaning for today; faith is formed and spirits nourished through reflection, practice and shared learning; the wisdom of other faith traditions is respected; and a diverse membership enriches and unites us. 

Justice speaks loudly and peace is our aspiration; all voices are heard; recreation and play are a wellspring for fellowship, celebration and growth; the love of God guides our minds and spirits, leading us to right action in our hearts, our homes, our community, our nation, and our world; and  

                                  all who enter find a home. 

Please continue to keep the PNC, the church, and the potential candidates in your prayers. We look forward to hearing from you on the 21st.

With gratitude and love,

The Idlewild Pastor Nominating Committee

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Idlewild Ministry Information Form

The Idlewild PNC is pleased to announce the final approval of our Ministry Information Form (MIF). The MIF has been submitted to the PC(USA)'s Church Leadership Connection system. We expect to begin receiving matches very soon, which means that we may have started reviewing candidate submissions by the time you read this update.

You can read the Idlewild MIF here. It is the result of dozens of hours of contemplation, prayer, discussion, and drafts by members of the PNC. We hope that you come away from reading the MIF and agree that it speaks to the essence of Idlewild. Our sincere goal during this portion of the process has been for the MIF to effectively represent the church by describing both who we are and what we stand for.

Thank you all for your prayers and suggestions. As we begin the second phase of our search, we ask for your continued prayer.

With affection and thanks,

The Pastor Nominating Committee

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Pastor Nominating Committee

L to R: Jeremy Sykes, Jeanne Marie Cummings, Jeff Thompson, Julie Markham, Albert Johnson, Betty Louis Sheppard, Mitchell Redd, Cindy Moore

Greetings from the Idlewild Pastor Nominating Committee

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) was elected by the congregation on May 20th, 2018 to call our next pastor/Head of Staff. Since that date, the PNC has been meeting regularly, and we are actively working toward securing Idlewild’s future following Steve Montgomery’s retirement in the Spring of 2019.

In the PC(USA), a PNC serves as a type of search committee, and it is our job to bring a pastor nominee to the congregation for your vote. Our PNC is made up of church members from different walks of life, and all us have distinct connections to both Idlewild and Presbyterianism. In the diversity of our perspectives but unity of our goal, we find strength and confidence in our direction.

The PNC’s first major task was to complete a Ministry Information Form (MIF), which is submitted to the denomination’s matching system following approval by the Session and Committee on Ministry. Potential candidates are matched to Idlewild by completing a Personal Information Form (PIF). In essence, the MIF is a job advertisement, and the PIFs are resumes or CVs. A suggested or recommended candidate would also submit a PIF just like a candidate who had been matched through the system. We sincerely appreciate the suggested candidate names we have received so far, and we encourage you to contact us with any additional potential candidates who might possess the gifts we need in a head of staff. We will be holding listening sessions at the church in the coming weeks, and we invite all church members to make their voices heard with the committee at these sessions.

The PNC takes the confidentiality of our work seriously. While we can discuss elements of process, we will be unable to discuss people. Thus, we ask for your trust and for your patience. We ask for you to trust the process, to trust the committee, and to trust God’s plan for the future of Idlewild.

We intend to provide regular updates on our progress on this page. Contact information for individual PNC members and for the committee as a whole can be found below. Please remember to include the PNC in your prayers. We look forward to hearing from you.


The Pastor Nominating Committee (pnc@idlewildchurch.org)
Betty Louis Sheppard, chair (ESSheppard@gmail.com)
Jeanne Marie Cummings (jcmmings1@gmail.com)
Albert Johnson (albert@vuconllc.com)
Julie Markham (julie.a.markham@gmail.com)
Cindy Moore (cmoore@mifa.org)
Mitchell Redd (mitchellredd@yahoo.com)
Jeremy Sykes (jssykes@gmail.com)
Jeff Thompson (jthompson@martintate.com) On the web: www.idlewildchurch.org/pnc