Congratulations to Pastor Maureen!
Congratulations to Pastor Maureen, who has been named Acting Senior Pastor of this church effective August 1, following Pastor Dick’s retirement. In preparation for a congregational decision, the combined leadership team of Council and the Pastoral Relations Team organized six small group discussions and one open forum to help educate the membership on possible scenarios for pastoral transition as we move forward. Designating Maureen as the Acting Senior Pastor was selected overwhelmingly at the annual meeting on May 6. The term “Acting Senior Pastor” does not mean it is just a “temp” or “trial” position. It gives both the congregation and Maureen an intentional time to explore ministry together in a time of mutual discernment. A decision on whether to extend a settled call to Maureen and whether she will accept that call if offered will be decided no later than our annual meeting next May. We will rely upon the Holy Spirit to help guide our discernment and our future as pastor and people.
Pastoral Job Descriptions
A request was made at the Pastoral Transition Forum held on Sunday March 25th and additionally in many if not all of the small group discussions held since then. The request has been the need for a job description for each of our pastors. In response, Pastors Leavitt and Frescott have each provided a job description for their pastoral position within the church. As part of their descriptions, they have highlighted numerous job categories and have estimated the amount of time per week they spend at each job category. Copies of these job descriptions can be found in the church office. Andrea can also email copies upon request.
Congregational Forum March 25th
We will gather in the Community Room after Fellowship for an open discussion on the process and potential options for the Pastoral Transition as a result of Pastor Dick’s retirement on July 31st. This is an important time in our church and a great opportunity to provide your input and respectfully listen to the suggestions and opinions of others in the congregation.