From PCUSA On calling a Pastor:
Ordinarily an associate pastor is not eligible to become the next installed pastor of the congregation he or she is serving. In the same way, a temporary pastor is not ordinarily eligible to become the next installed pastor, co-pastor, or associate pastor (Book of Order, G-2.0504a-b). If a presbytery determines that in its mission strategy it is advisable for a teaching elder currently serving as associate pastor or temporary pastor, to be permitted to serve as the next installed pastor, co-pastor, or associate pastor, the relationship shall be established by a three-fourths vote of the members of the presbytery present and voting (Book of Order, G-2.0504c).
An Ad Hoc Interim Pastor Search Committee of session is interviewing candidates.
THe PCUSA handbook: On Calling a Pastor defines Types of Pastoral Positions
The types of pastoral positions are pastor, co-pastor, and associate pastor. Pastoral relationships with congregations can be either “installed” or “temporary.”
Installed Pastoral Relationships Installed pastoral relationships are typically for an indefinite period. However, an installed pastor may be called for a designated term as determined by the presbytery, in consultation with the congregation. Calls with a predetermined end date may be renewed for an additional designated term or changed, with the approval of the presbytery and congregation, to an indefinite call.
Temporary Pastoral Relationships
* Session invites for service with presbytery concurrence
* Teaching elder, PC(USA) or other; PC(USA) candidate, or ruling elder
* Titles determined by presbytery
* Up to twelve-month terms, but may be renewed
“Titles and terms of service for temporary relationships shall be determined by the presbytery. A person serving in a temporary pastoral relationship is invited for a specified period not to exceed twelve months in length, which is renewable with the approval of the presbytery. A teaching elder employed in a temporary pastoral relationship is ordinarily not eligible to serve as the next installed pastor, co-pastor, or associate pastor.” (Book of Order, G-2.0504b)
In January, Session met with the liaison from Presbytery's Committee on Ministry Rev. Doug Hatch. Doug is the Pastor of the Marathon Presbyterian Church.
Session also selected from its midst 4 members to interview and select an interim pastor.