Our Next Pastor

A Time of Transition

Grace Covenant is searching for our next pastor. This time of transition between installed pastors is important to allow the church to prepare for the future. We see God working in powerful ways doing new things here at Grace Covenant and in our community. We believe the most exciting days of ministry impact and church life are still ahead of us.  Want to read more about what lies ahead? Read the Mission Study Report.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: How will we find our new pastor?  

Our church Nominating Committee — the same committee that finds and recommends elders and deacons nominated 7 church members and an alternate to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). The congregation voted to approve the slate of candidates to conduct a search and recommend our next pastor. The PNC has the support and counsel of our Interim Pastor and Central Florida Presbytery as it undertakes this important task.  

Q: How will the PNC do this?  

  1. The PNC will receive a report on our church called a Mission Study. The Mission Study contains information about our community, the ministries of the church and the preferences, priorities, beliefs, hopes, and dreams of the congregation.
  2. The PNC will use the Mission Study to develop a Ministry Information Form (MIF). The MIF is the churches “resume,” designed to communicate who we are as a church
  3. Session will submit the MIF to Central Florida Presbytery for approval and posting online where pastoral candidates have access to it. 
  4. The PNC will begin receiving Pastor Information Forms (PIFs) from pastors seeking a call. How long this process takes depends on how many pastors are looking and how many might be a good candidate for Grace Covenant.
  5. The PNC reviews the PIFs, prayerfully discerning who God might be equipping and preparing to serve Grace Covenant. 
  6. Through PIF review, online sermons, phone interviews and reference checks, the PNC identifies the top candidates. 
  7. The top candidates meet in person with the PNC, and may preach at a “neutral” church in Central Florida Presbytery.
  8. The PNC chooses a final candidate and notifies Session and Presbytery. Presbytery does a background check and examines the candidate.
  9. The candidate is presented to the congregation which votes to accept the candidate and approve the candidate’s terms of call.
  10. The candidate is approved by Presbytery and installed as the pastor.   

Q: Who’s running the church in the meantime?  

Session continues to lead the church. Session contracted with Rev. Melanie Ruta to serve as Interim Pastor. Pastor Melanie is specially trained to minister to churches in transition and to help make this a healthy and productive time for the church. Grace Covenant is her fifth interim in Central Florida Presbytery.

Be a Part of the Future   

  1. Pray for renewal of the church and for inspiration and encouragement of those who are serving and leading.
  2. Step up in faith to be a part of the future by giving of your own time and talents to serve in some new way.
  3. Pray for wisdom, discernment and clarity for the Pastor Nominating Committee.
  4. Support the future mission and ministry of the church financially. Every dollar pledged to the 2021 budget puts us in a better financial position to achieve what God is calling us to do.