Welcome to MCC's Interim Blog
Our church is currently in a period of transition. Such a period can be a time when we experience many different things whether it concerns us as individuals or as a church family. Of course it is understandable for us to experience things like fear and anxiety about what lies ahead. But we also get to experience excitement and hope about what the Lord has in store for us next!
As we venture through this transitory phase in the life of our church, it is our Leadership's commitment to the congregation of MCC to do everything we can to communicate clearly and often about where we are in the process. Hence, this Interim Blog is one of the mediums we have decided to use to make good on that promise.
Should you ever have questions about the progress we are making, please take advantage of this blog below to find regular updates. As always, should you have any questions or concerns at any time, please reach out to your elder or our Associate Pastor Jason Leist. They would be most happy to answer any questions and concerns you may have.
Thank you MCC Family! We love you and are looking forward to how God will provide clarity, direction, and hope for MCC's future, as we continue to trust in His sovereign grace through this important interim period.
MCC family and friends,
As announced last Sunday, September 16, 2018 the Session of Murrysville Community Church (MCC) has approved and has authorized release of the “Ministry Compass 2018-2020” document, outlining the strategic plan for ministry for the congregation as she transitions to a new chapter of life, worship and work for the Lord Jesus Christ. This document was created from the responses received from the Strategic Planning Questionnaire and from many discussions over the summer.
This document serves as the “Church Profile” that will be placed in the hands of the congregationally-nominated-and-elected pulpit search committee. Using the Ministry Compass 2018-2020, the Pulpit Search Committee will then construct a “Sr. Pastor Profile” that matches, as closely as possible, this Church Profile outlined in the Ministry Compass 2018-2020 document. It is from these two documents--the Sr. Pastor Profile and the Ministry Compass 2018-2020, that the next Sr. Pastor search is generated.
Your Session exhorts you to do the following:
To access the Ministry Compass Document, please click on the link below, where you be able to access a link to the document in a PDF file format:
For those wishing a hard copy of this document, please notify the church office, and one will be placed in your member’s mailbox.
Thank you for your prayers and participation in this process as we move forward with excitement and anticipation.
H. Curtis McDaniel
Interim Sr. Pastor
August 15, 2018
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who took the time and thought to give your responses to the Strategic Planning questionnaire that was distributed in June. From this input and feedback, I believe we possess a body of thought that will enable us to move forward with hope and confidence in God’s grace. I know the Lord is leading us in this process, and I can state with prayerful dependence upon Him that the best days of ministry and life in this congregation are awaiting her in the days to come.
From reviewing these responses and in my own observations and in listening to you, I concluded that MCC lacks significant internal ministry development and needs a fresh re-crafting and vision of ministry in order for her to return to vibrancy and life as a spiritual community/congregation. To that end, I proposed to the Session—and they concurred—that 5 major task forces be formed (these will be Session committees) who will be entrusted with the following major areas of ministry movement and direction:
Worship includes our music ministry, liturgy, special services, etc. on Sunday mornings and beyond.
We seek to develop a comprehensive curriculum for Sunday School, provide instruction in Biblical/Reformed Theology for all ages, etc.
Discipleship ministries at MCC include our Community Groups, Women's Fellowhship and Men's Fellowship.
Family Ministry includes ministry to children, students, single adults, married adults, training for parents, marriage enrichment, household budgeting courses, dealing with loss, etc.
Outreach includes the ways we will get more involved in the local community as “salt and light,” world missions, mercy ministry, etc.
In essence, these task forces will be entrusted with answering the following 4 questions:
In effect, this type of “spade work” deals with two critical areas of church life and health: 1) ministry development, and 2) leadership development for these ministries. Without quality ministry offerings that engage, shepherd, disciple, nurture and encourage Christians to grow spiritually, there will be meager church health. And without quality, trained leaders, nothing will be sustainable.
I seek your prayers as we launch these new ministry directives at MCC, and I want to ask some of you to consider serving with the elders on one of these task forces/committees as we seek the Lord to revitalize our life and witness as a spiritual community before this watching world. I picture your participation with us as an attempt to pray and to “think-tank” our way towards experiencing deeper ministry impact both within and outside our congregation so that this church will rise to be all that God intended her to be for his glory.
Pastor Curt McDaniel
MCC family, the Session is pleased to present to you the following men as candidates to serve in the office of Elder and Deacon. We have examined these men after their receiving weeks of training over the last few months in areas of Christian experience, theology, Bible, church government and the sacraments. Please pray for these men and their families. Also, if you are a member of MCC, please make every effort to attend the congregational meeting scheduled for July 8th, at 6 pm where you will have the opportunity to vote and call these men to serve as Elder or Deacon at MCC!
Andy has been a Christian all of his adult life, having been baptized at the age of 7. He started attending a PCA church in high school and has been Presbyterian ever since. Andy has been married to his wife, Sarah, for 8 years and they have three children: James (6), Emma (4), and Paul (2). He and his family have been attending Murrysville Community Church since they moved to Pittsburgh in September 2014. Since then, Andy has enjoyed volunteering in the A/V, music, and Children's ministries. Last year he and his wife Sarah co-lead a LifeGroup with the Pastor Jason and his wife Sarah at their home in Washington Township (10 minutes north of MCC). Andy received his Bachelor's degree from Hampden-Sydney College and his PhD in Physical Inorganic Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and he currently works as a research scientist and analytical team leader for PPG. Andy's favorite things to do are keeping up with his favorite baseball team, the Cardinals, reading, and playing the piano.
Jim’s wife, (Sandy), two daughters (Brianne and Karlynn), and he lives in the City of Pittsburgh near Greentree. However, they hope to move to the east side of Pittsburgh sometime in the next 2 years. Jim teaches secondary mathematics at Trinity Christian School in Forest Hills. He is a licensed real estate agent with nearly 1,000 sales in my career. Jim and his family enjoy hiking in the woods and sitting quietly by babbling brooks. An interesting fact about Jim is that he has a history of being a puppeteer for a Christian cable TV show.
Martin lives in Export and works in Murrysville at Philips Respironics. He is married to his wife, Dawn, and they have a soon-to-be 3-year-old, Emily. He plays the banjo on the MCC worship team, enjoys playing music with friends, and attends local bluegrass jams.
Steve has been married to his wife Margy for 28 years. We have four adult children: Bethany, Abby Fisher (Zack), Jesse and Laura. We live in Level Green which is between Trafford and Harrison City. I am self-employed in my own window cleaning business. One thing Steve really enjoys doing is hiking with his family and trying new trails throughout the Pittsburgh area. Margy and Steve have attended MCC for 14 years.
Nate was born, raised and still lives in North Huntingdon. He received a mechanical engineering degree from Geneva College in 2008 and now works as a salesman at an industrial equipment manufacturer's rep company in Monroeville with his father. He and his wife Sarah have a 2-year-old son, Caleb. Nate became a member at Calvin PCA as a teenager and became a member of MCC in 2011. He enjoys working with his hands and any activity that gets him outdoors, like camping, hiking, canoeing, hunting or fishing.
Jeff has lived in Murrysville for the past 17 years. He has been employed for the last twenty at IQVIA, an outsourcing partner to the pharmaceutical/medical industry. Jeff is married to his wife Mary Ann. They have a daughter Lauren who is 24. The Sestrich family has been members of MCC since 2003. Jeff loves to travel and is a music enthusiast. Currently, he is in the process of learning to play the guitar.
Brandon lives in Murrysville with his wife, Gyna, and daughters Miriam and Leah. He works for EQT in downtown Pittsburgh in a finance and economics role. Brandon and Gyna have been members of MCC for around 8 years and have been heavily involved in children's ministry and Life Groups. This summer, Brandon is looking forward to family bike rides and camping trips.
On behalf of the Session of MCC, it is my pleasure to introduce to you Reverend Curt McDaniel. After months of prayerful consideration we have decided to extend our invitation to him, to serve MCC as our Interim Senior Pastor.
Curt has faithfully served several congregations over the last three decades, most of which belong to our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
MCC is the fourth congregation that Curt has served as Interim Senior Pastor. His reputation precedes him as a man of impeccable character who is a relational shepherd, sound teacher, and skilled preacher of God’s Word. We are confident that Curt is equipped by our Lord with the gifts, character, and pastoral instinct combined with the years of experience necessary to guide our church through this time of transition.
Curt’s family includes his late wife Karen, with whom he spent 34 years in marriage before her passing last October. They have three children, Curtis, Megan, and Heather, as well as three grandchildren. Please pray for Curt and his family as they continue to mourn the loss of Karen.
Please also pray for Curt as he gets acclimated, builds relationships with our leadership, including the staff, Session, and Diaconate. Curt is enthusiastically looking forward to investing as much time as he can to get to know you the congregation. Building these relationships is the bedrock of Curt’s ministry focus here at MCC.
Among many roles as Interim Senior Pastor, including the regular preaching and teaching of God’s Word, the shepherding and care of the congregation, and leadership development, Curt will lead our church through the intentional process of searching for our next Long Term Senior Pastor. This process, which was outlined at our last congregational meeting on March 18th, 2018, will be further explained during a series of Town Hall meetings forthcoming. Also, this running blog on our website is where you can find updates on where we are in that process. In addition to these mediums of communication, we will be sending out updates through email, postal mail, and Facebook.
Thank you church family, for joining us, your Session, in prayer as we have considered the steps forward, which we are now beginning to take. Please join us in continuing to pray and please join us in celebrating the addition of Pastor Curt, who will help us take those steps well.
Pastor Jason Leist
Associate Pastor @ MCC