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 October, 2019

Here is the most recent update of our progress against the succession plan (10/6/2019):

 Pastor Josh Armendariz returned to Kingston for a candidate weekend, September 13-15. There were multiple opportunities for FCC congregants to meet Josh and ask him questions. Elizabeth Armendariz also joined us and mingled socially. Pastor Josh preached at all three services that weekend.

 A special congregational meeting was held the following weekend where we discussed Josh’s candidacy and, with near unanimous consent, called him to be our next Lead Pastor!

 Just a few days ago the Trustees and Elders jointly announced that an agreement had been reached for Pastor Josh to begin his ministry among us in the middle of November!!

 October Prayer Focus:

 Please praise the Lord! His hand has led Josh to us through our search company (who has worked very diligently on our behalf). Pray for comfort and hope for the people of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Ankeny, IA, Josh’s home church. Finally, pray for simplified logistics as Josh, Elizabeth, Tristan, and Angie move half way across the country.

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 (Done)

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

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

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

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

i)                 1 week - Offer extended and accepted (Done!)

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