Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8
The APNC is pleased to bring you this update on our search for the new Associate Pastor for Young Adults, Developing Families and Connection. We are working hard on your behalf to find the right person to answer God’s call to PHPC. Since our last update the APNC has identified highly qualified potential candidates to fill this newly created position. We have participated in a “match process” with Grace Presbytery where candidates who are seeking a call provide a Personal Information Form (“PIF”) that can be matched to PHPC’s Ministry Information Form. We have also networked with sister churches, staff members, and Friends of PHPC throughout the nation.
After compiling an initial pool of candidates from these sources, APNC members reached out to individuals to discuss the role and explore their interest. From these conversations, the APNC identified a slate of priority candidates for virtual interviews. The first round of interviews is underway and has been promising. We are continuing the search for additional candidates. We just received an additional batch of PIF matches from Grace and are in the process of evaluating those candidates for potential interviews. We are also moving forward with a second round of virtual interviews of some of the candidates that participated in the first round. Finalists will be invited to meet with the whole APNC in person.
We are excited and encouraged by the progress we have made. The APNC is confident that we will attract a talented candidate who is ready to answer God’s call to PHPC. As has been the case from the outset, we do not know how long it will take to fill this position, but are committed to finding the right person to help further the ministry at PHPC.
We remain grateful for the support of the congregation and staff at PHPC. Please continue to pray that the APNC is granted wisdom and is continually guided by the Holy Spirit. We also pray that our candidates can discern God’s call, in order that His vision for PHPC be fulfilled.
We encourage you to submit any questions to APNC@phpc.org.
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:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.