Congregational Meeting - February 28, 2021

The congregation votes on the members of the pastor nominating committee to serve as their representatives in the process of calling an Installed Pastor for a Designated Term. Names will be chosen from those nominated by the Congregational Nominating Committee, and presented for the congregation’s approval in this meeting.

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Congregational Meeting This Sunday February 21

February 17, 2021


Dear Friends,

As we gather this Sunday night for a Called Congregational Meeting, we will:

  •        Present the 2021 Annual Budget
  •        Share our next steps in hiring a new Senior Pastor
  •        Elect our nominating committee for 2021

In preparation for this meeting, I am writing to share with you about Session’s work and discernment regarding our pastoral search.  In consultation with our Presbytery’s Commission on Ministry (COM), the Session has approved four recommendations (see below) from COM as the best next steps in our pastoral search. 


On Sunday night, we will present these recommendations and answer any additional questions you might have.  It is our deepest hope that this path forward allows the congregation to move into the next season of mission and ministry with effective leadership and the time for additional meaningful discernment about the future needs of North Creek Presbyterian Church.


With hopeful anticipation,

Pastor Heather James

Transitional Pastor


1)  The congregation is permitted to call an “installed pastor for a designated term” (Book of Order G-2.0502) that term not to exceed three years (which requires election of a Pastor Nominating Committee and election by the congregation), described in a written position which includes specific tasks to be addressed, approved by the Session, the presbytery (COM), and lastly the congregation (as part of the call, at the time of election).

2) The current associate pastor is eligible to be considered for this position as the “installed pastor for a designated term,” (which by definitions means he is eligible for consideration for a future indefinite term, only according to paragraph 4 below), recognizing that such a call can only be established by a ¾ vote of the presbytery.

3) If the current associate pastor is called as the installed pastor for a designated term as described above, the Session will be required to provide a leadership/transitional coach to the pastor, who is agreeable to the presbytery and the pastor, during the term, and

4)  A Pastor Nominating Committee will be elected and a full open search, which must include a mission study, will be conducted for a pastor installed for an indefinite period, to commence no later than a year from the end of the designated term.



Why begin with an “installed pastor for a designated term” rather than immediately calling a regularly installed pastor?

The Designated Pastor position allows for a shorter call process potentially to be completed within the next 6-8 weeks. This move will bring stable leadership for the next few years and an opportunity for the congregation to come out of this pandemic season and begin to see rebuilding and new vision to emerge for NCPC.


Do we still need a Transitional Pastor?

No.  The Designated Pastor will be able to fulfill normal pastoral duties as well as guiding the Mission Study process needed before moving to a regular Installed Pastor.


What about Pastor Kurt?

As previously stated, Pastor Kurt is eligible to apply for both the Designated Pastor as well as the regularly Installed Pastor positions. If Pastor Kurt were to be chosen to serve for the Designated Pastor position, the call will need to be approved by a ¾ vote of the Presbytery (rather than a simple majority).


What about the Associate Pastor Position?

If Pastor Kurt were to move into the Designated Pastor role, the Session and congregation would need to consider how to handle the Associate Position.  To provide the ministry support and pastoral care needed at NCPC, having an Associate Pastor would be a great advantage.  The Session has approved funding for this position in the current budget and would recommend a search process for a new installed Associate Pastor after the Designated Pastor is hired.


Two Pastor Nominating Committees?

Yes, two.  However, the initial Designated Pastor Nominating Committee (the first one) has full authority to decide whether to interview one candidate or many, and the search does not require a completed Mission Study at this time.  Their work can be completed in just weeks if they so choose.  Then, a year before the end of the Designated Pastor’s call, a second Pastor Nominating Committee will be formed and will be required to have a completed current Mission Study and a full nationwide search.