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Updates from the Pastor Nominating Committee

The Session of Larchmont Avenue Church, upon the unanimous and enthusiastic recommendation of the Interim Pastor Nominating Committee, is pleased to introduce our new interim Senior Pastor/Head of Staff: Rev. Ellen Clark Clémot, a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Click here to read Rev. Clémot's biography!

 

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Rev. Clémot began at LAC in November 2019. For several months, while the Manse is being renovated, Rev. Clémot will be commuting to Larchmont from New York City. She is eager to meet everyone and loves visiting with congregants outside of Sunday worship, including attending school sporting events, theater productions, and going out for coffee or a meal with members who want to get to know her better. Please join us in welcoming Rev. Clémot to LAC!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update from the Mission Study Team

The Mission Study Committee (MSC) was formed in March 2019 to conduct a mission study and prepare a Mission Study Report as required by Presbyterian procedures prior to initiating a call for a new Senior Pastor.  Its members are Arthur Washington and Wes Huang, who are co-chairs, Alyssa Gomez, Sheila Kindig, Stephanie Piccone, Robert Chambers and Anthony Manson.  Presbytery liaison Rev. Dorothy Muller and Rev. Clémot serve as advisors to the MSC.

In May 2019 the MSC conducted a congregational survey administered by Holy Cow, a consultancy specializing in such services for faith-based organizations.  The response to the survey was robust.  155 members responded to the survey, amounting to 117% of average weekly attendance.  Holy Cow provided in-depth analysis including comparisons against the responses of over 6,000 other clients.  In addition to providing valuable insights for the Mission Study Report, the survey responses provided guidance for important topics to cover in the next phase of research.

From July to October 2019, the MSC conducted ‘focus groups’ with church members to engage in discussions regarding areas of interest and concern highlighted by the survey results.  In aggregate more than 60 members participated in ten focus groups, including members of LAC’s high school youth group.  These gave members of the congregation a largely unstructured opportunity to voice their joys, concerns and goals. 

Other research for the Mission Study Report included a socio-demographic analysis of LAC’s surrounding community by Percept Group, another consultancy specializing in faith-based organizations.  Finally, the MSC also interviewed community leadership including the Mamaroneck Town supervisor and Larchmont Village mayor.  This additional research has provided insight as to the current role of Larchmont Avenue Church within its community as well as ways in which that role could potentially be expanded as the community’s needs evolve.

The MSC is nearing completion of the Mission Study Report, which will be submitted to the Presbytery for review by the end of January 2020.  The resulting report will then be presented to Session, at which point the work of the MSC will be complete.