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 August, 2019

Here is the most recent update of our progress against the succession plan (8/4/2019):

 In July, the Elders had several good conversations with a very strong candidate. (In total, perhaps four or more hours.) The Elders had an initial video interview followed by an additional follow up video Q&A session with the candidate and his wife. The candidate and Pastor Thomas have spoken extensively on the phone.

 The Elders will be hosting this candidate in Kingston at the end of the month. He will be meeting the Elders, staff, and some key leaders. These face-to-face meetings are an important part of verifying what we have seen in the candidate (and vice versa). Of course, the hope is that the visit confirms the Elders’ assessment of the candidate and that it would lead to a candidate weekend in the near future.

 The Succession Team would like to thank the congregation for its commitment to pray for this process. Last month we asked that you might:

 Pray for honest communication between the Elders and the candidate. Pray that next steps are clear and honor God and his will for FCC and the candidate.

 This month’s interactions between the candidate and Elders have developed an extraordinary degree of clarity in our relationship and its future potential. Thank you!

 August Prayer Focus:

 We have occasionally prayed for our unknown new pastor’s sending congregation—wherever that may be. Please be diligent in continuing those prayers. We will owe them much.                                    

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)

a)    Launch - Consultant meets with Search Team to launch the search (Done)

b)    1 week - Search Assessment delivered to Search Team (Done)

c)    1 week - Search Assessment edited, approved, and returned to consultant (Done)

d)    1 week - Search goes public & sourcing/screening/interviewing of candidates begin (Done)

e)    3-4 weeks - Mid-Point Check-in call (Done)

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

i)     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 (<10hr/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

 Here are other useful links to provide additional background information:

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

National Church Development Survey Results Summary