ABOUT THE TRANSITION PROCESS
This is a unique season in the life of Christ Community Church, and we’re very excited for all the Lord will show us. This Winter and Spring, the Board and Pastor Transition Team will be working to identify a clear process that will result in a successful transition.
The Transition Team Approach
The transition team has been meeting about once a month. The focus of this team’s effort have been as follows:
- Evaluating different process options to implement
- Developing a communication plan to make sure the Elders are doing a good job in keeping Staff, Volunteers, Members and the Congregation up to date on key issues
- Identifying a consultant to help us with the search process
- Understanding how the transition will impact the overall health of our ministry
- Caring for our Pastors and Staff during the transition
We are committed to stewarding this season of transition well and ask that you continue to pray for wisdom and discernment.
The Transition Team
- Scott Beckwith
- Jonathan Compton
- Beth Hinson
- Jessie Borkowski
- Wayne Stewart
- David Staff
- Brad Heemstra
As we go through this process, here are some questions you may have.
According to our by-laws, the Missional Leadership Board (MLB) is responsible for giving leadership to a search for a candidate for the Lead Pastor role at Christ Community Church. After receiving Pastor David’s intention to step away from the Lead Pastor role, the MLB has been researching the way to best guide a transition process and conduct a prayerful search for the Lord’s next choice. A transition team has attended a “transition boot camp” (May 2019), and the board has also employed the counsel of a transition coach, Will Heath (Auxano).
Briefly put, a Search Team composed of Christ Community Church board members and at-large members will guide the search process in the months to come. Using the Lead Pastor Profile, the search will begin with assessing if there are any “internal” candidates (presently on the staff team), and adequately vetting the candidacy of any qualified candidate. If an internal search does not yield a suitable candidate by this fall (September 2020), then an “external search” will commence. Qualified candidates will be prayerfully sought for, and vetted through a process of evaluation.
The goal of the search process will be for a candidate to be identified and presented to the Christ Community Church membership for a vote sometime in the next ministry year (Fall 2020-Spring 2021). A best case scenario would be that there is a short overlap between our present Lead Pastor and the Lord’s choice going forward into 2021-2022.
Drawing on the current Lead Pastor’s position description, the profile has been “in the works” since 2018. Qualifications in the following areas were identified – experience, gifting in communication, education, theological compatibility, philosophy of ministry, denominational affiliation and credentialing, culture and region, as well as personal factors. From this long list, the MLB composed the profile distributed to our membership in May 2020.
The profile identifies MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS followed by PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS.
The MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS ensure that the requisite education, experience, and doctrinal alignment is found in any candidate. These are deemed as required in light of this pastor knowing, interpreting, and communicating Scripture relevantly and in keeping with our ministry’s theological foundations, as well as Christ Community Church’s staff and constituent size, and our university setting.
The PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS guide identifying key characteristics for serving successfully in this substantial leadership role. Since we have invested much in our approach to ministry (i.e., the stated mission of our ministry) and our future vision (i.e., the vision initiatives of family enrichment and international care), we are intentionally looking for someone who will eagerly lead in what the Lord Jesus has uniquely called this congregation to do.
Some who have anticipated the coming change have already suggested names within our present staff. Wisdom directs that we first vet any internal candidates who fit the profile (and to inquire of any interest on their part) before we turn the search process outward. As stated above, this internal process will happen this summer.
Should this initial process not yield a suitable candidate, the process will turn external. The Search Team will welcome any suggestions from the membership and constituency-at-large in conducting an external search.
Our by-laws reserve the decisions of “calling” and/or “dismissing” CCC’s Lead Pastor for our membership, at a called membership meeting, with a quorum of 20% in attendance. According to Article III, E., the approval vote must be at 75% (being one of the designated “decisions reserved for the congregation,” Article III., D.).
Several factors have commended the wisdom of taking sufficient time for a healthy transition. Ministry wise, there are important aspects of our ministry that need another year of leadership from the present staff in their present responsibilities. Additionally, a prayerful and thorough search process simply takes time, so that the resulting decision bears great fruit for years to come. Given the two-step process of “first internal” and “then external,” it was determined that a 12 month period would provide sufficient time while keeping the momentum of our ministry moving forward.
We fully anticipate retaining our present staff through and beyond Pastor Staff’s transition.
It is Pastor David’s firm desire that this not be a year “about” him and Pamela. The fruitfulness of this year of ministry is too important for other things to crowd out the priority of our engaging in our mission and vision. However, we do anticipate planning an appropriate recognition of their ministry with us.
Future questions can be directed to our MLB Board Chairman, Brad Heemstra, to our Vice-Chair Pat Rundall, or to our Executive Pastor Mark Henderson, and we urge you to funnel your inquiries toward them. This will help us speak to important questions with a clear, unified, and consistent voice.
Send us your questions
We really value your input. If your question is not answered above, please contact us! All messages will be reviewed and are so important to the process.