A Question and Answer Time Sunday, June 28
The most frequent question I’ve been asked this first week of May (when this article
is being written) has a number of forms but generally goes something like this, “What
are the steps involved in getting a new Pastor?” Or, “When will the Pastor Nominating
Committee be elected?” Frankly, I’m surprised I haven’t heard these questions more
often. Perhaps folks are being nice, fearing this Interim Pastor might take offense! But no,
that is the job of the Interim – to bridge the way from the last installed pastorate (and what
a great one it was!) to the next. While an Interim Pastor does not get directly involved in
the pastoral search (to prevent any conflict of interest), he or she helps see the church
through the interim time. So the questions are perfectly understandable.
At the April Session meeting, these questions were broached (and had been at previous
Session meetings) and as this article is being written, an Interim Task Force is being
formed to help plan events to gather and present information that will be essential to a
Pastor Nominating Committee. For now at least, this group of five to eight individuals will
be known as “Wildwood’s Future Task Force” (WFTF).
A question and answer time is being planned for Sunday, June 28, between (and
perhaps after the 10:00) worship services. Printed copies of a tentative timeline for
the interim process will be shared and briefly discussed.
At that meeting, you will be asked to participate in the shaping of another important
timeline. “Claiming WPC’s Heritage” will be a large participatory timeline in the
Welcome Center area of the church. It will include milestones in Wildwood Presbyterian’s
life such as the chartering of the church, moves from one building to another and yet
another, as well as arrival and departure dates for all the church’s pastors. How do you
participate in creating this timeline? You will be asked during or after the meeting to add
your names and the dates you joined WPC. Yes, each of you is a part of WPC’s rich
heritage. Each of you is a part of Christ’s great work in and through this church. “Now
you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27)
If you already have plans to be out of town and are disappointed to miss this event,
take heart. Other more extensive meetings to help shape Wildwood’s future are being
planned. Tentative dates for those (mark your calendars!) are Sundays, July 19, August
16, and September 13.
Grace and peace,