An Expeditious Plan
Category : Transitions
This Sunday will be your chance to fortify spiritual leadership at Holladay UCC during our transition in senior pastors.
At a Congregational Meeting after morning worship (October 20), members will be asked to approve several important steps:
- Authorize the Executive Committee of the Church Council to engage an ordained pastor to meet the needs of the church until a bridge pastor is called.
- Empower the council to appoint seven of its members to a search committee that will seek a bridge pastor (an ordained minister who takes care of regular pastoral duties in a congregation while the transition work is performed by others). A candidate will be submitted for approval at a congregational meeting in the near future, date to be announced. This bridge pastor will not be eligible to be a candidate for settled pastor.
- Consider a motion from the Spiritual Gifts Team nominating seven church members to act as a search committee for a settled pastor.
The council met this week to lay transition plans as Pastor Fred Evenson departs.
Council members are planning a timely handoff to a seasoned though temporary minister. The goal is to meet needs of members and provide support for the Rev. Chelsea Page, our associate pastor for youth and families. Thus the temp-to-bridge-to-settled arrangement. At each step the council is acting in accordance with HUCC bylaws.
As they worked on the plan, council members recalled a signature line from a congregational conversation in late September, when member Trent Parkhill advised the church to “move expeditiously but not carelessly” in its pastor search.
NURSERY NOTE: Children will have the option of a craft to do in the nursery with Michelle while parents are at the meeting.