Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We hope you are all well and being blessed beyond measure with the joy of the Lord!
The Transition Committee has met several times since our last letter and has several items to bring to your attention concerning our transition. In light of Pastor John’s recent health issues, we have been meeting and are prepared to move forward confidently in the Lord’s leading.
There will be an all-church town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 24th from 7:00-8:00 pm at Radiant Christian Life Church to discuss the pastoral transition. Please come prepared with your questions and to hear a review of the process.
Just to clarify the upcoming transition, Pastor John is not retiring but will transition to the role of Pastor Emeritus. The Transition Committee will recruit and hire a “Senior Pastor Elect” who is expected to become the new Senior Pastor. The congregation will have the final vote on moving the Senior Pastor Elect to the Senior Pastor role following the opportunity to work with the new pastor and hear him preach and lead worship. Pastor John will then assume the role of Pastor Emeritus.
The Transition Committee will screen and select the best candidate and hire that candidate as the Senior Pastor Elect, who will be paid an associate pastor level salary. The “presentation process” is the transition period, during which that person is serving the church, preaching over an extended period of time, and building relationships with us. On or before February 1, 2020, at the conclusion of the presentation process/transition period, the voting membership of the congregation will formally vote to install the Senior Pastor Elect as the Senior Pastor.
Members of the congregation should immediately begin talking to the congregational committee about the attributes and qualities that are important to them in a senior pastor. This must be done prior to the presentation of the candidate to ensure that this input factors into the candidate selection. The congregational committee will then present all member input to the transition committee for their consideration. Since this candidate is being hired as an associate pastor, the traditional process for a senior pastor is being modified.
Here is the extended timeline for the transition process.
June-Aug 2018: The pastoral search committee shall interview candidates for the senior pastor elect and provide the information to the transition committee. The selection process may include meetings between the candidates and the transition committee members, including listening to the candidate preach for those local candidates.
Aug-Sep 2018: The pastoral search committee shall meet and discuss all candidate information and report their findings to the transition committee. The transition committee will then select one candidate and make an offer. Once the candidate accepts, he will be hired as the Senior Pastor Elect.
Q4 2018 – Feb 2020: The presentation process will be conducted. This process may include but will not be limited to open forums, scheduled meetings, preaching and conducting other ministry functions related to the senior pastor role. This period will be completed by February 2020 but, with the leading of the Holy Spirit, may be completed prior to this date.
Feb 2020: The transition committee will preside over an official meeting of the congregation at the completion of the presentation process to discuss the election and any issues with the senior pastor candidate and to establish the date for the election by voting members of the congregation. Secret ballots will be utilized; a two thirds majority of all votes cast shall be required to constitute and election. The Indiana District of the Assemblies of God Superintendent or designated representative shall oversee this meeting.
Just as a reminder, as of 05/31/2018, our actual revenue is at $169,911 compared to a budgeted $189,863, resulting in a revenue shortfall of $19,952. The future of our church depends on the continued faithful giving of those who worship here. Thank you for continuing your support.
Please pray for us as we work to complete this transition keeping with God’s will for Radiant Christian Life Church. We look forward to seeing you at the townhall meeting on July 24th.
God bless you,
The Transition Committee