New Pastor Search

On this page you will find the most recent information about Union’s search process for a new pastor. 

Update: August 5, 2022

  • The data from the Congregation Assessment Tool are being compiled this week. Rev. Brian Wallace (Pittsburgh Presbytery) will visit with Session to help us interpret the data in August.
  • At its August meeting, Session will determine the number of people who will serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).
  • The Nominating Committee will begin discerning members of the PNC.
  • When the PNC nominees are selected, Session will call for a congregational meeting to elect the PNC.
  • Once elected, the PNC will begin writing the Ministry Information Form (MIF) which is used to match candidates and churches.
  • The search for a Pastor should begin January 2023.

CAT: Congregational Assessment Tool - July 12, 2022

Part of the process in calling a new Pastor is completing a self-study. Holy Cow consulting offers just such a tool for congregations. The CAT is an assessment instrument that helps the congregation:

  • Measure the level of satisfaction and energy in the congregation.
  • Identify the critical success factors for improving organizational climate.
  • Pinpoint the strengths of your congregation’s culture.
  • Discover where members would like to go in the future.
  • Gauge readiness for change.
  • Uncover potential resources you may be missing.
  • Prepare for a search for your next pastor.
  • Complete the CAT Online
  • Provide your input by following this link:

Prefer A Hard Copy?
Contact the church at or pick up a copy at worship or in the church office. Return the completed CAT to the church.

What’s Next?
The data received from the CAT will be used when the church’s Ministry Information Form (MIF) is written. The MIF is used in the search process for telling candidates who the church is, what it values, and how it lives out its mission.

NOTE: The CAT (online and hard copy) will be available until August 1, 2022.

The Session approved a timeframe and process for the search for your next Pastor - June 30, 2022

1. Complete Mission Study: By understanding who you are, your connections to each other, and the connections to the community, you can better discern what gifts and skills your next Pastor should possess to lead you into the future.

The information gathered in this study will be used when completing the Ministry Information Form (see below). This study will be done using the Congregational Assessment Tool . It will be done online. Paper copies will also be available.

Timeframe: Mid-Summer.

2. Elect Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC): The Session will determine the number of people on the committee. Pittsburgh Presbytery must give its approval of the formation of the PNC. The PNC is to be representative of the whole congregation. The church Nominating Committee will prayerfully consider who they believe should serve on this team.

Timeframe: Late-Summer.

3. Write Ministry Information Form (MIF): This is the church’s “resumé.” The MIF is what prospective candidates will see when they are looking for a church to serve. The MIF is matched online with Ministers with similar interests. The MIF must be approved by the presbytery. Presbytery staff can also match churches and candidates. Those searching can “self-refer” (contact the PNC directly).

Timeframe: Fall.

4. Begin Search for a Pastor: A search can begin once the presbytery approves the MIF. The PNC will be oriented to the process and technology requirements as they start their discern.

Timeframe: Winter.