These documents explain the pastoral transition process, from dissolution of a current pastoral relationship through the Interim period, missions study, and the seeking and calling of a new pastor.  It also contains forms that need to be completed by church and/or pastor along the way. These resources pertain primarily to installed, full-time positions.  However, there is a document that outlines the Stages of the Process for Part-Time and Stated Supply Pastors (pp. 10-17).

Click the links below (in order by topic) to open/download the various documents of the first section of the Committee on Ministry Manual in .PDF or .DOC (Microsoft Word) format:

Summary Diagram of the Search Process

Pastoral Models Chart

Stages of the Process for Called Pastors (pp 1-9)

Stages of the Process for Part-Time and Stated Supply Pastors (pp 10-17)

Appx A – Regional Chair and Liaison Responsibilities

Appx B1 – Congregtional Meeting Agenda for Dissolution of Pastoral Relations

Appx B2 – Dissolution of Pastoral Relation Form for Pastors and Congregations

Appx B3 – Ministers Being Dismissed Information Form for HRP

Appx C – Policy and Agreement for Pastors and Churches Following the Conclusion of a Pastoral Relationship

Appx D1 – Exit Interview with Pastor

Appx D2 – Exit Interview with Session

Appx D3 – Report on Exit Interview

Appx E – Goals for Interim Ministry

Appx F – Interim Pastor Contract (Sample)

Appx G – Congregational Mission Study Process

Appx H – Composition of PNC/PSC

Appx I1 – Congregational Meeting Agenda for Election of PNC

Appx I2 – Report on Election of PNC/PSC

Appx J1 – Equal Opportunity Policy

Appx J2 – Equal Opportunity Report Forms

Appx K – Church Leadership Connection User’s Guide

Appx L – Reading PIFs: What to Look For

Appx M – Reference Questions – Phone/Electronic

Appx N – Conducting an Interview

Appx O1 – COM Clearance Interview Process

Appx O2 – Clearance Interview Report

Appx O3 – Checklist for Candidate

Appx O4 – Statement of Faith

Appx O5 – Clergy Sexual Misconduct Policy & Certification

Appx O6 – Clergy and Employee Background Check Policy, Employee Questionnaire & Authorization

Appx O7 – Ministers Being Received Information Form for PHR

Appx P – Guidelines for Defining Terms of Call

Appx Q1 – Congregational Meeting Agenda for Election of Pastor/Associate Pastor

Appx Q2 – Pastoral Call Form & Certification of Call

Appx R – Equal Opportunity Final Report

Appx S1 – Suggested Order of Service of Ordination

Appx S2 – Suggested Order of Service of Installation

Appx S3 – Dedication Service for Stated Supply Pastors/Commissioning Service for Commissioned Ruling Elders

Appx T – End-of-First-Year Review

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