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(PNS) — In response to user feedback from presbyteries and call-seekers, the Office of the General Assembly’s Church Leadership Connection (CLC) released two system updates in November/December, with an additional two slated to launch in the first quarter of this year.

The completed updates are as follows:

  • Ability for presbytery roles to create, manage and assign search committees for the congregations from their presbytery dashboards
  • Create a matching area exclusively for presbyteries that require their mid council leader to create, review and refer matches to the presbytery nominating committee before the PNC looks at them

The updates that will be completed in the first quarter of this year are as follows:

  • Create a permissions page so presbyteries can select who is doing each task or function
  • Add additional filters for the opportunity search and the matching criteria page

These modifications are the result of continued optimizations and feedback from presbytery leadership, call-seekers and various committees on ministries (COMs).

“Our priority is to give presbyteries the flexibility they need to support their congregations in the call process. By the end of the development of these features, we will have all the features the old system had and more,” said the Rev. Manuel Silva-Esterrich, manager of Call Process Support. “Our CLC consultants are here to assist with any questions and to receive your suggestions. We value our users’ feedback, as many of the current updates came from their exploration of the system. This ongoing feedback will continue to improve our system.”

Manuals and guidelines will be updated alongside the system updates. If training is needed, presbyteries and COMs are encouraged to contact CLC at

CLC specializes in assisting pastors, committees on ministry, committees on preparation for ministry, executive presbyters, stated clerks, pastor nominating committees and clerks of session.

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By Mari Evans, Office of the General Assembly