As some of you know I’m in the process of searching for a new call as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. It’s a slow process and a discerning process in that my family and I must truly listen to where the Lord wants us and is calling us and why he’s calling us to a certain place. Here’s a response I got back from a church that I thought was worth posting.
Two things. First, your sermon was the first one that the committee listened to. A couple of the committee thought that it was to youthful. I personally was very satisfied with it. Some were afraid to make a decision. We read *** PIF’s. Once a PIF was discussed, there were some that didn’t want to go back to talk about anything we had gone over. Our congregation’s average age is about 75. The PIF that the committee could unanimously agree upon was number ***. My personal opinion is that you have a lot to offer and God has a very special place for you to serve. It will be A young congregation that wants a lively church.
I really liked this church and felt that I could offer them my heart and gifts for ministry, especially some stability and longevity. Affirmation? Very cool. Rejection? Ouch! All part of the search process. "Time to press on!"