Succession Update

Pastor  Succession;

Pastor Thomas has expressed a desire to retire from full-time ministry.  The Elders are executing a Succession Plan designed to maximize the long-term success of FCC while preserving our congregational culture.

 


  We are the Succession Team and will be the official voice and point of contact for the duration of the succession process.  You may have many questions during this time of uncertainty.  We’ve addressed many of them here, but please contact us with any other questions you may have.  Please email any questions to Greg Bartlett.

Status as of June 1, 2019

 Here is the most recent update of our progress against the succession plan (6/2/2019):

 The month of June will likely see the Elders very busy once again. Our search firm has one candidate ready for formal presentation to the Elders for their consideration. Two others are in the process of final interviews with the consultants. It is expected that up to three candidates will be formally presented to the Elders in June. The Elders will review detailed application materials and sermon samples for each candidate. Favorable candidates will then be interviewed either in person or via video conference.

 June Prayer Focus:

 Please continue to pray for the Elders as their time commitment ramps back up during the interview process.

 Succession Timeline

 1)    2018 Winter: Fill out Succession Team (Done)

2)    2018 Winter: Create Church History (Done)

3)    2018 Winter: Create Job Profile (Done)

4)    2018 Winter: Create Pastor Profile (Done)

5)    2018 Winter: Fill out Search Team (Done)

6)    2018 Spring: Search begins (Done)

  1. a)    Launch - Consultant meets with Search Team to launch the search (Done)
  2. b)    1 week - Search Assessment delivered to Search Team (Done)
  3. c)    1 week - Search Assessment edited, approved, and returned to consultant (Done)
  4. d)    1 week - Search goes public & sourcing/screening/interviewing of candidates begin (Done)
  5. e)    3-4 weeks - Mid-Point Check-in call (Done)
  6. f)     3-4 weeks - Consultant recommends candidate slate to the Search Team

g-1)    1 week - Semi-finalists interview with Search Team

g-2)    1 week - Finalist(s) visit Kingston for "culture fit" visit

h-1)   2 weeks - Finalist returns with spouse for broader interaction with the congregation

h-2)   1 week - Congregational meeting to approve final candidate

  1. 1 week - Offer extended and accepted

7)    2019 Spring:  Search process re-initiated (Done)

8)    2019 Spring – Summer:  activities 6a-i

9)    2019 Fall: New Lead Pastor Designee hired and begins work alongside Pastor Thomas

10)  2020 Summer: Lead Pastor Designee becomes Lead Pastor, Pastor Thomas begins sabbatical of six months or more

11)    2021 Summer: Pastor Thomas returns to a well-defined very reduced role (<10 hr/week)

  Background:

 Pastor Thomas has expressed a desire to retire from full-time ministry. The Elders are executing a Succession Plan designed to maximize the long-term success of FCC while preserving our congregational culture.

 Communication:

 We are the Succession Team and will be the official voice and point of contact for the duration of the succession process. You may have many questions during this time of uncertainty. We’ve addressed many of them here, but please contact us with any other questions you may have.

 Greg Bartlett, , 603-944-7049

Howard Lawrence,

Katie Johnson,

Rand Hall,

 More Background

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 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

National Church Development Survey Results Summary