Churches Seeking Pastors
If your church is seeking a Pastor, you will find the portion of the Procedure Manual for Ministerial and Candidates on "The Search Process" to be of value as well as Ken Jones' series Biblical Interviewing Skills to Evaluate Applicants Integrity Download the entire Procedure Manual and Ken Jones Outline.
- Churches should be in touch with the Ministerial Committee of their presbytery as soon as a pastoral position is open.
- The Search Committee should consult with the presbytery Ministerial Committee throughout the search process.
Some important classifications of pastors in the EPC
- The Pastor is called by the congregation.
- An Associate Pastor is called by the congregation and has a specific area of ministry responsibility.
- An Assistant Pastor is called by the Session for a specific period of time with a specific area of ministry responsibility.
- An Assistant Pastor is not eligible to be nominated as pastor.
- An Associate Pastor is only eligible to be nominated as pastor under certain conditions (See Book of Government 11-8).
The process for seeking a Pastor or Associate Pastor follows these steps
Congregation elects a Search Committee which:
- Consults with appropriate parties and develops a profile of the church, a position description, and files a Church Information Form with the presbytery and General Assembly.
- Solicits and screens names from a variety of sources.
- Interviews potential nominees.
- Secures the consent of the presbytery Ministerial Committee to proceed with a nominee.
- Contacts the Session to inform them of the nominee to be presented to the congregation.
- Session calls a congregational meeting
- Typically the nominee preaches and meets with various individuals and groups prior to the congregational meeting.
- Congregation votes on whether or not to call the pastor.
- Presbytery examines and approves the pastor
Church Information Form
The EPC Church Information Form (CIF) is a helpful resource for congregations to assessing themselves in preparation for seeking a pastor. Some churches also use the CIF to introduce themselves to potential pastors prior to an interview.
- Download an electronic version of the Church Information Form
- a printed Church Information Form
Personal Information Form
A Personal Information Form (PIF) is required of all ministers seeking membership in a presbytery and also by most Search Committees.
- Download an electronic version of the EPC Personal Information Form.
- a printed Personal Information Form.
When a churches loses a pastor, whether under positive or negative circumstances, it goes through a significant time of transition. The EPC encourages churches in transition to seek interim ministers to assist them through those times. For more information about EPC interim ministries, download the document "And In the In Between Times."
EPC Opportunity List
The EPC maintains an "Opportunity List" of positions open in the EPC both on this web site and in print. Listings on the web site are by permission of the church.
To have a posting in the Opportunity List, send a paragraph describing the church, the position available, and contact information to the Office of the Stated Clerk by , by fax (734-742-2020) or by mail to: Opportunity List, Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 17197 N. Laurel Park Dr., Suite 567, Livonia, MI 48152-7912. Contact Ms. Carol Templin in the Office of the Stated Clerk if you have any questions or would like additional information.
Moving discounts for EPC ministers/churches/staff
On file with United Van Lines is an agreement making special terms and discounts available to any EPC church, minister, or staff position. The agreement coordinated out of the Chattanooga office of Armstrong Relocation and Companies. To receive a free estimate, call 1-800-283-5814, and be sure to identify yourself as an ECP church, minister, or other staff position. You may also visit the website @ www.armstronglocalmovers.com where you may request an estimate on-line. In the notes section of the request form, please again identify your association with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Read more.