16 July 2007 - The Church Information Form is done!
The Church Information Form, or CIF, is an informational form churches complete and submit to the Church Leadership Connection or CLC, in Louisville. The CLC provides a matching service for churches and church professionals. Our CIF is the first impression pastoral candidates will have of LPC.
This past Thursday, we on the PNC met and completed our last review of the CIF. Every word, and indeed, because we were limited to 1500 characters per question, every space of the form was thoughtfully and prayerfully considered. Now, the Session and the Committee on Ministry must read and approve it. By the end of this month, the CIF should be entered online with the CLC, where it can be viewed by prospective pastors or anyone with Internet access. Then, the process of reviewing Personal Information Forms (PIF), the pastor counterpart to the CIF, begins.
The importance of the CIF cannot be overstated. It is the means by which we will evaluate any PIFs we receive. It is also the way our new pastor will be able to understand our expectations and the ministry of Leesburg Presbyterian Church. It could not have been completed without your help. Thank you for your participation in the survey, your comments and suggestions, and for your continued prayers as we enter this next stage of calling our pastor.
19 June 2007 - Thanks to those of you who took the time to fill out the survey which was mailed to you last month. Over 20% have been returned and will continue to accept them through June 30th.
We are continuing to work on the CIF (Church Information Form) with hopes of having it completed and approved by Session and Presbytery’s COM (Committee on Ministry) early this fall. Each section of the form has to be studied, discussed, organized and written. Our responses should form an accurate picture of what Leesburg Presbyterian Church was, is and will be and then we begin the search to find someone who best suits our needs for the “will be” part. Not an easy task!
Without your support we have an impossible task, so please continue to pray for us daily and to speak to one of the committee members if you have questions or concerns.
27 May 2007 - Fellow LPC family: The members of the PNC take our selection to this committee as a sacred trust. We represent the congregation and work for you directly. We are moving steadily toward the development of an outstanding Church Information Form – no small task due to its importance in the Pastoral call process. The CIF is the first look at LPC and its congregation for most pastors. It’s a very restrictive form with descriptive sections limited to exactly 1500 characters.
The Mission Study we received from the Session gave us some good insight to who we are as a church. To get a better feel for what each of you would like to see in our new minister, we have sent out a questionnaire – easy to read, easy to fill out (spend some time though on it) and easy to return.
The questionnaires were mailed out on May 23. You should have received one copy for each confirmed member of your family. We ask that each of you fill out the questionnaire and return them to the church office in the enclosed envelope, or to the basket in the narthex by June 30th.
Thank you so much for taking the time to help us do our task. The more input we get, the more accurate our Church Information Form can be. This is your Church and your input counts.
15 April 2007 - The Pastor Nomination Committee (PNC) has been hard at work over the past few months. The entire committee, along with Diane Hutchins and Pat Nobles (the representative from the presbytery), have spent time discussing all the details that go into picking a new pastor for the church. On April 11th the PBC elected the following officers:
Jim Barnes, chairman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bill Wingardner, vice chairman
Betty Lowenbach, recording secretary
Laura Jackson, corresponding secretary
On April 16, the Session will approve a mission statement and the PNC will begin to write the Church Information Form (CIF). This is the first key piece in the selection process. The PNC asks for your prayers and patience in the coming months. The PNC knows how important its duties are and wants to make sure that they do the very best job possible. You will be getting an update from the committee on the third Sunday of every month and in the monthly newsletter.
12 January 2007 - The LPC Nominating Committee has nominated Jim Barnes, Diana Bennett, Jon Gayek, Laura Jackson, Betty Lowenbach, and Scott Smith to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee. These names will be placed into nomination at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation next Sunday, January 21st. The Session has already elected Kathy Brown and Bill Wingardner to represent them, and the Deacons have elected Laura Herring. If you would like to information to share with this committee, please contact them at email@example.com.
03 December 2006 - The Committee on Ministry of the National Capital Presbytery has given us permission to elect a Pastor Nominating Committee to formally begin our search for a new pastor. Our Session has agreed to have a committee of nine. There will be two representatives from the Session, one from the Deacons, and six from the congregation at large. The church's 2006 nominating committee has been charged to prepare a slate of six candidates from the congregation to be elected at our annual meeting scheduled for January 21, 2007.
Leesburg Presbyterian Church
207 W. Market Street; Leesburg, VA 20176
office 703-777-4163 | fax 703-777-4666
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