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 April 1, 2019

 

Here is the most recent update of our progress against the succession plan (4/1/2019):

 In March the Elders met with our new Vanderbloemen search consultant and the Succession Team had one of its periodic “check-in” meetings with Pastor Thomas.

 Tim Gocha, our search consultant, attended our Newton and Kingston services on March 16 & 17. He was able to gain first-hand experience of our worship styles, welcoming nature, and the strength of Pastor David’s teaching. During a working lunch with the Elders on the 17th Tim was able to verify and clarify his understanding of our search profile as well as receive and give feedback on the first phase of the search. Given the busyness of the season, we do not expect to be introduced to our next round of candidates until after Easter. While this does extend the search timeframe, it extends it into the prime search season when the most candidates are looking.

 The Succession Team met with David on March 19 to ensure that he and Miss Patricia are well and that their needs are being cared for.  We had a heartfelt conversation with David, shared our love for the entire Thomas family, and prayed with him.  During this time, we felt as if we were conveying the love and prayers from the entire church family.  While we discussed some of the frustrations that we’ve all felt during the initial portion of the search, we left feeling encouraged and optimistic, knowing that God is truly in control and certainly has wonderful plans for our church. 

 March Prayer Focus:

 Please pray for all current and future applicants, that they may discern the Lord’s special calling on their ministry.

 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. i)     1 week - Offer extended and accepted

7)    2018 Fall: New Lead Pastor Designee hired and begins work alongside Pastor Thomas

8)    2019 Summer: Lead Pastor Designee becomes Lead Pastor, Pastor Thomas begins sabbatical of six months or more

9)    2020 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)

Pastor Thomas’ sermon on succession (2/11/2018)

National Church Development Survey Results Summary