gracefully welcomes Rev. Dr. Merideth Mueller-Bolton as our interim
pastor at Hilltop. We have met with her and are energized by her
wisdom, thoughtfulness and leadership. Our committee continues to
make progress in our discernment, recently downloading and reviewing an
additional 97 Pastor Information Forms (PIF) that were matched to
us. This almost doubles the number of candidates we have seen, as
we have read close to 150 PIFs to date. Additionally, we have had
15 enlightening conversations with potential pastors, a few that have
been very fruitful. The PNC has experienced great disappointment
as well. After conducting in-depth discussions with several
candidates, some followed God's will to a call other than Hilltop.
We carry on with hope and dedication to our faithful congregation.
Continued appreciation for your support and prayers. Jeffrey Betz,
Stefanie Fox, Per Ralamb, Cassandra Tarentino, Bob Willett
2020 draws to a close, the Pastoral Nominating Committee wanted to
provide a brief update on our progress with the pastoral search. With
much prayerful discussion, we have completed the Minister Information
Form (MIF), which is essentially an in-depth job description that
highlights not only responsibilities required of our pastor, but also,
just as important, the leadership characteristics desired of a potential
candidate. The MIF includes vital information about our congregationís
strengths and challenges as well. This MIF has been uploaded in the
Church Leadership Connection (CLC) database housed in Louisville, KY,
where it is matched with pastors who are seeking a new call. We are
ready to conduct interviews and will begin as soon as we receive
compatible Pastor Information Forms (PIFs), hopefully early in the new
our interviews begin, our committee will be evaluating candidates in the
following areas: leadership skills, approach to job responsibilities,
faith and calling, compassion, and work-life balance. These topics cover
much of the criteria needed to lead Hilltop Church into the next chapter
of our story. Related questions should provide many varied opportunities
for a candidate to demonstrate their compatibility with our
congregation. As we narrow our candidate pool, we will work with
Presbytery to check references and eventually present a candidate to the
congregation for election. Until that point, the PNC works
confidentially within our group and a liaison from Presbytery.
appreciate your understanding that this process is not one to be rushed.
Your prayers for and faith in the PNC to successfully represent our
Hilltop family during this search is valued greatly.
do not hesitate to reach out to any of us on the PNC. You can also find
updates on our website at www.hilltopchurch.org/t_PNC.asp