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Our Final Post

This will be the final post to the Derry Pastor Nominating Committee website. We are rejoicing that the Derry Congregation voted 297-2-1 on May 7, 2017 to call the Reverend Dr. Stephen Benjamin McKinney-Whitaker to our pulpit. You can read more about Stephen on the DerryPres.org website. The following is the report of the PNC […]

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And the Beat Goes On…

The news is that there is no news. As Susan wrote last month, the process continues on. Personal Information Forms continue to come in to the PNC and we continue to meet each Monday evening for two hours to review them. We continue to conduct interviews via Skype with candidates that the PNC believes may […]

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Trust the Process

Trust the process” is a mantra we have used in GriefShare, visualizing a caterpillar in a cocoon and the process it takes for the butterfly to emerge. I have found it to be a good thought to keep in mind as we go through the Presbyterian process of calling a new pastor to Derry. The […]

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The Dog Days of August

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on the PNC blog. We’ve been deep into the review of Personal Information Forms (PIFs) at the PNC, meeting each Monday evening throughout the summer (although we did take a break earlier this month to have a barbecue instead of a meeting). We have interviewed many good candidates and have […]

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What a Difference Twenty-Seven Years Makes!

It was twenty-seven years ago that I served on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) that called Dick Houtz to Derry. That was in 1989, one year before the creation of the World Wide Web. Email was just emerging a means of communication, but only in a few techie enclaves, like research universities and federal defense […]

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The PIFs Start Rolling In

It took about a week after we received approval from the Presbytery Committee on Ministry to get our Ministry Information Form uploaded to the national Church Leadership Connection (CLC) website. The CLC is where Derry’s requirements for a new pastor are matched with resumes, or Personal Information Forms (PIFs), of pastors seeking calls. It then took about […]

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