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 (
Betty Louis Sheppard, chair (
Jeanne Marie Cummings (
Albert Johnson (
Julie Markham (
Cindy Moore (
Mitchell Redd (
Jeremy Sykes (
Jeff Thompson ( On the web: