August 22 - Update to Congregation

Read update. This update from the PNC was sent with a letter from the Transition Work Group on August 23, 2019.

March 21 - Update to the Congregation

An update from the PNC was sent to the congregation March 21, 2019. Read the update. We invite you to continue in prayer for the PNC as we move forward in our work. “Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11).

January 16 - Update to the Congregation

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) sent an update to the congregation January 16, 2019. We invite you to continue in prayer for the PNC as we move forward in our work. “Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11).

Read the update 

November 29 - Update for the Congregation

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) has been busy working on the search for a new Head of Staff since we were elected by the congregation on May 20, and we want to update you on the current status.

Read the update to the congregation

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Sunday October 21 - Listening Session

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is holding a listening session open to the congregation Sunday, October 21, in the chapel following the 11:00 worship service. All members are invited to attend, to inform the committee about what you would like to see in our next pastor, and to share your vision of Idlewild’s future. Visit the PNC blog for more information. 


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





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