Our VacancyFebruary 26, 2014
Finally, after many months of discussions and counter-proposals within Presbytery, Maxwelltown West was given permission to call a Minister on an Unrestricted Tenure. On Sunday 1st December 2013 a meeting of the congregation was held after the morning service to elect thirteen members from the Electoral Register of our church to form a Nominating, or Vacancy Committee. The names of those elected already appear in the Session report. Our Interim Moderator, Rev. Donald Campbell, will act as Adviser to the Committee, giving us important guidance and help. At our first meeting, D Johnson was elected as Convener and F Saddington as Clerk to the Committee.
The primary duty of the Nominating Committee is to nominate one person to the Congregation with a view to his or her election and appointment as Minister, having prepared a job description, our Parish Profile and advertised our vacancy. The Committee will then consider applications and interview prospective Ministers. It is the sole and total responsibility of the Nominating Committee to find and recommend to the congregation a suitable Nominee. With so many vacancies throughout the Church of Scotland, and forty percent of Parishes in our own Presbytery vacant, we are realistic about the difficulty of the task ahead, but we have an enthusiastic and committed community church keen to move us forward confidently into our future.
To date, the Nominating Committee has held two meetings – 3rd December and 16th January – with more scheduled for February and March. We will keep the congregation informed of our work throughout the nominating process. Thus far we have discussed and made decisions on our Parish Profile, which can be accessed at www.maxwelltownwest.org.uk, and how best to advertise our vacancy. An advertisement will appear in the March edition of “Life and Work”, which will include a link to our church website. Every Church of Scotland Minister will be e-mailed an advertisement ”flier”: also we are looking at setting up a church “Facebook” page.
The Committee is anxious to use every available and appropriate means to generate interest in our Vacancy. We would be pleased to hear from any member of the congregation of any Minister who may be interested in an informal approach from the Committee.
We continue to pray for God’s guidance in our task in finding our new Minister and we ask for wisdom and discernment in our eventual choice of sole nominee.
D J, Convener of the Nominating Committee