September Pastor News

"So tell me a little bit more about this intentional interim process?  What does an intentional interim pastor do?”


I’ve heard those questions several times over the last couple of weeks.  The first task of the intentional interim pastor is to serve as the interim pastor which includes preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and administration.  The second task is to work with a Transition Team (members to be determined) and assist them in leading the church in a self-study which includes five focus points:

· HERITAGE: Coming to Terms with History

· MISSION/VISION: Clarifying the Congregation’s Identity

· LEADERSHIP: Examining Leadership and Decision-Making Concerns

· CONNECTIONS: Looking at Denominational and External Relationships

· FUTURE: Committing to New Clergy Leadership and the Future

You will be receiving (or have received already) a letter from me explaining the process in more detail and hopefully clarifying for you how we will move forward.  Prayerfully consider sending me the names of five persons (by Sunday, September 8) you believe can best help lead the church on the Transition Team – persons you believe to be trusted, respected, prayerful, spiritually wise, a regular attendee, able to speak for groups within the church (not representatives, but representative), and willing to listen to all perspectives (someone without an “axe to grind”).  I invite you to get the names to me in one of the following ways:

Write the names on a piece of paper and place it into the offering plate

Mail your list to the church office to my attention

E-mail your names to me.

Complete the form on the church website:

Return names through your Sunday School class

In other words, do whatever you need to do to get the names to me by September 8.

In the meantime, I’m enjoying the opportunity and challenge of getting to know you and share worship with you.  I ask your prayers for all of us as we embark upon this adventure together.