Associate Pastor
Nominating Commitee

Search Update

October 21, 2022

Dear PHPC Family,

On behalf of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (“APNC”), we are excited to announce that the PHPC Session approved the Ministry Information Form (“MIF”); this allows us to begin searching for the individual called to fill the new position of Associate Pastor for Young Adults, Developing Families and Connection.

The new Associate Pastor will be the spiritual leader for young adults and families at PHPC. This Associate Pastor will create a culture of welcome and connection throughout the church and integrate members, new members, and visitors into the life of the congregation. Additionally, this Associate Pastor will help develop a sense of belonging and hospitality by guiding prospective members through their first year as new members.

Their call is to also help young adults and families grow as disciples of Jesus Christ and prepare them for a lifetime of faith. This Associate Pastor will equip and inspire young adults and families to grow in faith in five primary areas:

  • worship
  • growth (education/study/prayer)
  • fellowship
  • service
  • giving (time/talent/treasure)

In addition to a focus on young adults and developing families, our new Associate Pastor will have a dedicated ministry of “Connection” to help foster a culture of belonging by and between all PHPC visitors and members. The Associate Pastor will be responsible for connecting with, contacting, and following up with new visitors and new members. This work will be done with the support of lay volunteers trained and supported by the Associate Pastor. This role will also oversee, in the short-term, the new member integration process to help each new member get connected with the ministry, missions, and many opportunities to become engaged at PHPC.

The APNC has begun a nationwide search to fill this important position. The person open to this call must be engaged, persistent, and committed to building community and creating spaces for belonging at PHPC. This Associate Pastor will be a leader capable of working closely with pastoral colleagues, staff, and the congregation to strengthen young adult/family ministry and enhance connections ministry (which focuses on establishing and nurturing relationships with both prospective and new members). This person will have strong communication and interpersonal skills to help build relationships with the individuals, families, and groups in their focus ministries. We hope that the person responding to this call is committed to serving an extended ministry and growing with Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church to establish deep roots in both the church and the wider community, for the greater enrichment of all.

This is an exciting time in the life of our Church. We do not know exactly how long it will take to fill this position. However, we are grateful that we are guided by the Holy Spirit and blessed by PHPC’s excellent reputation, highly regarded pastoral staff, and welcoming congregation. Your APNC is confident that PHPC will attract highly qualified candidates. We are moving as quickly as possible, but we are also mindful that finding the right person for this position is our primary mission, no matter how long it may take.

To provide you with helpful information about the APNC and the status of our important work, a webpage is in development that will be regularly updated throughout the APNC recruitment process. Additional information about the position, process, MIF, and members of the APNC will be available on this webpage when it goes live on October 28.

The members of the APNC are humbled and grateful for your trust and confidence as we seek to discern who is called to fill this position to further the ministry at our great Church. In addition to the APNC webpage, we will provide email updates along the way; you may send any questions or concerns you have to this email as well (apnc@phpc.org).

In the meantime, we need your prayers that the APNC will receive guidance and wisdom and that the right person hears God’s call to join us at PHPC.

FAQ

What are the responsibilities of the new Associate Pastor position?
The Associate Pastor for Young Adults, Developing Families and Connection will be the spiritual leader for young adults and families at PHPC. The Associate Pastor will create a culture of welcome and connection throughout the church by equipping people for ministry and integrating members and visitors into the life of the congregation. Their call is to also help young adults and families grow as disciples of Jesus Christ and prepare them for a lifetime of faith. This person will equip and inspire young adults and families to grow in faith in five areas: worship, growth (study/prayer), fellowship, service, and giving (financial commitment). The Associate Pastor will bring energy, joy, creativity, and faithfulness to this position. Additionally, the Associate Pastor will help develop a sense of belonging and hospitality, bridging prospective members into their first year as new members.
What specific tasks, assignments, and programs areas will this person have responsibility?
The Associate Pastor will be responsible for directing the planned young adult/family ministries at the church, including equipping young adult/family lay leaders for fellowship, discipleship, and service.  The Associate Pastor will also be responsible for a “Connections Ministry” that will help foster a culture of belonging for all visitors and members.  The person will connect with, contact, and follow up with first- and second-time visitors and oversee the short-term member integration and assimilation process. The new Associate Pastor will also have responsibilities over hospitality that will help facilitate members in connecting more deeply to all ministries of the church.  Additional detail about the role can be found in the Ministry Information Form available here.
How long do we expect the new Associate Pastor to serve?
It is our hope that in responding to this call, a person is committed to serve an extended ministry to growing with Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in order to establish deep roots in both the church and wider community, for the greater enrichment of all. We expect this development process to take a minimum of five to seven years. We hope that the person serving in this role will remain with the church even longer than that.
Who is on the APNC and what are their roles?
Chair - Erin Sine
Chaplain - Sarah Kopec
External Recruiting - Jaye Andrews
Church Relations - Cile Baker & Sarah Bennett
Communications Coordinator - Scott Drake
Corresponding Secretary/CLC Contact – Matt Yager 

Additional information about each of the members of the APNC can be found here
How will the APNC identify candidates?
The APNC has members responsible for internal and external recruiting.  We hope to identify qualified applicants using both the application process through Grace Presbytery, and leveraging PHPC's own connections  (e.g., current and former pastors and staff, seminary contacts, friends at similar PC USA churches).  Each applicant will submit a Pastor Information Form, as well as other relevant materials such as sermons or educational materials.  The APNC recruiting team will review and evaluate applicants comparing their qualifications to the Ministry Information Form for this position.  The most qualified candidates will be invited to interview with the full APNC.  The process will also include checking references, understanding the applicants' faith journey, and observing finalists preach. Throughout this process, the APNC will be engaged in prayerful discernment that the right individual will be called to PHPC.
What characteristics will the new Associate Pastor need to have?
It will be important that the person open to this call is persistent, committed, and engaged toward building community and creating spaces for belonging at PHPC. This Associate Pastor will be a leader capable of working closely with pastoral colleagues, staff members, and the congregation to strengthen young adult/family ministry and enhance connections ministry(which focuses on establishing and nurturing relationships with both prospective and new members). This person will have strong communication and interpersonal skills to help build relationships with the individuals, families, and groups in their focus ministries.
How long will it take to fill this position?
We do not know exactly how long it will take to find the right person.  The APNC meets at least twice a month and is moving as expeditiously as possible.  While we desire to fill the position quickly, we also understand how important it is to make sure the new Associate Pastor is suited for long-term success at our Church. Realistically, we expect it to take six months to a year to complete the process.
What if I have questions or potential candidates for the APNC?
Please email us at apnc@phpc.org with any questions or potential candidates.

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