Transition Update, February 24th

Dear UDLC family,
 
As we move through this time of transition and discernment, you may be wondering where do we go from here? Council along with Staff have been working alongside Synod to create a roadmap for the process and identify the next steps for us moving forward.  We plan to outline the process in this and subsequent blogs, posting weekly or bi-weekly updates so that the process can be transparent and inclusive for the whole congregation.  We look forward to your feedback, and are excited about the opportunities we have to shape our future at UDLC!
 
During the January 15th Council meeting, the Council met with representatives from Synod—Dean of the Lower Montgomery Conference, Bryan Pennman, and Chair of the Interim Ministry Team, Christian McMullan, to gain an understanding of the process. We shared that information at our Annual Meeting on January 26th.

Since that time, Pastor Keith and I had a follow-up meeting with Christian McMullan. We were joined by George Detweiler, our former interim pastor, and friend of the congregation, who provided helpful insights. The purpose of this meeting was to gain clarity on the transition process and identify tangible next steps. The key takeaways are as follows:
  • Form a Transition Team
The transition team should consist of individuals that represent a broad crosssection of our Congregation. The Council is beginning to identify possible candidates for this team.
  • Hire a Transitional Consultant
The Synod has provided us with a recommendation. We are not able to share this candidate’s name at this time, as they are finishing up at another congregation and have not given notice yet.  However, the fit looks promising. Pastor Keith and I will meet with this candidate this week and then we will meet together with the Council soon.
  • Pastoral Support
Pastor Keith could use some additional support, as he is currently logging the equivalent of 60 hour work weeks. Additional support with tasks such as non-critical pastoral care or guest preaching is required. There are finances allocated for the transition in the approved budget for 2020, and costs associated with hiring a transitional consultant or other transition support staff would be paid through this budget.

The Pastoral Support Team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) are meeting with Pastor Keith every other week to provide support, perspective, and advice. They are also helping Pastor Keith be aware of concerns or needs within the congregation. Please feel free to reach out to them if you have a question, concerns, or feedback.  
 
Council will have a meeting within the next two weeks for the purpose of assembling the transition team, interviewing the transitional consultant candidate, and defining how to best give Pastor Keith the support he needs through the transition.  

We will keep the congregation apprised of updates, and the Council will work closely with the staff and transition team to help manage and ensure a smooth and inclusive process. Thank you for your patience and support as we traverse this time of transition together! Please keep this process and our congregation in your prayers. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Yours in Christ,
Adam Jacob – Church Council President

 

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