Update from the APNC

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Dear SBPC Family,

On behalf of the entire Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) I am pleased to report that the search for an Associate Pastor of Student and Children’s Ministries is progressing on schedule.

Our overarching goal is to present to Session a fully qualified ordained pastoral candidate who possesses the requisite spiritual, organizational, and leadership skills that can best serve the needs of our children, students, and their families. In order to accomplish our goal, we have broken our work plan into three distinct phases: Listening, Searching, and Selecting.

Our initial focus has been on listening to our church family so that we might better understand the new things that God is doing in the lives of our children and youth. To date, our committee members have engaged in scores of “listening sessions” with students, parents, staff, volunteer leaders, leaders within our Hispanic congregation, and others to hear what’s working well and where there are opportunities for growth. We will incorporate the results of our findings into a candidate profile that we will use to guide us in our next phase.

Next month, we will transition into our search phase starting with the completion of an Associate Pastor Job Description and a Ministry Information Form. These key documents will be provided to the Presbytery of San Diego so that we can formally initiate the search. During this phase, we will focus on the recruitment and interviewing of candidates with the goal of identifying multiple qualified candidates for this position. We have no set time limit, but we hope to complete our work and select a lead candidate(s) for presentation to the Session and then to the congregation as soon as we can.

The Presbytery has assigned our own Barry Billingsley as our Presbytery Liaison. Barry’s role is to support the committee with wisdom and experience and to help guide the process to completion. We are blessed to have Barry in this role, given his wealth of experience helping other churches through this process and his intimate knowledge of our church.

In closing, we want to thank the you for your prayers, your words of encouragement, and for your insights and wisdom. We need your continued prayers and support throughout this process. We look forward to updating you on our progress in January.

Your Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

Rich Pascoe (Chair), Tom Forsythe (Vice Chair), Bridget Buckley, Alex Carter, Lindsay Cabaniss, Dalal Dhanens, John Hoffman, Rodney Jackson, Lauren Shrader, Gail Steel, Doug Stinson, and Mike McClenahan, ex-officio

Associate Pastor Nominating Committee FAQ

Q: What is the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee?
A: The APNC is elected by the congregation to interview and present a qualified pastoral candidate to serve with Student Ministries, Children’s Ministries, and their families. The APNC was nominated to be a diverse representation of our church, and especially representative of these areas of ministry. Each committee member has been a member for at least two years, and has a record of active participation in our life together.

Q: Why are we looking for an association pastor to lead students, children and their families?
A: Our Session and congregation have determined that this position will be our third associate pastor, working alongside the Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor of Adult Discipleship, and Associate Pastor of Outreach and Care. To be a growing community of fully devoted followers of Jesus and the best place for the whole family, we believe this is an important role for the next season of our life together.

Q: Why is it this is an ordained position?
A: We believe leading ministries of students, children and their families required the commitment, training and gifts of an ordained pastor, who can serve communion, baptize, preach and serve as a Teaching Elder on Session.

Q: What is the difference between ordained and non-ordained staff?
A: Ordained pastors are similar to non-ordained directors and church staff, but they have theological and practical training, as well as preparation for specifically serving in the church, including governance, theology, preaching and ministry experience. Ordained pastors are hired and called by the congregation; staff are hired and called by the Senior Pastor.

Q: Can current staff apply for this position?
A: Yes. Existing pastors or staff who meet the requirements for ordination and the position are welcome to apply.

Q: What happens during this process with ministries for our students, children and their families?
A: We reorganized all of the staff departments in the past two years to accommodate staff transitions and budget reductions, as well as to support and equip our strategic ministries to Student, Children’s, and Preteen ministries: Jamie Nelson (Student Ministries Director), Patrick Mattioli (Middle School Coordinator), Paula Mazza (Children and Preteens Director), Jen Engelhardt (Early Childhood Director and MOPs Coordinator), Elizabeth Arthur (Children Volunteer Coordinator), and Kathie Bauer (Assistant). Our desire is to see an increasing number of children and students following Jesus and participating in our life together. We also want to see an increasing number of adults invested in their lives.

Q: What can I do to help?
A: Pray for wisdom, discernment and unity for the APNC. Pray for existing staff to have all they need to lead students and children into a deeper relationship with Jesus and his church. Pray for volunteers—and consider volunteering as an invested adult in the lives of our students and children. Support these important and vital ministries with your words of encouragement, sharing your stories with others, and being filled with hope for what God will do.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13


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