This week’s “transition round-up” gets into some details on the search for a transition pastor, as well as the hunt for a new worship pastor. We get into some question about how the staff are doing, and explore a question that a member asked us about “co-leadership.” It continues to be a season where the Spirit is moving, not just through “transition-related” events, but through all of our lives. Your prayers, and your willingness to listen, continue to make a profound difference.
How is the search going for a Transition Pastor?
From working through a list of 11 names provided by our network, the KGF Board has identified three individuals who would possibly be good fits for the Transition Pastor role at KGF, and will be proceeding into interviews. Check out the job posting on our website (it’s still open during interviews), and keep praying that we will find the right person!
What is the timeline for landing a transition pastor?
Between the three we’re currently talking with, the earliest would be mid-September, and the latest by late November.
How is our current staff doing?
A longer transition time can add a burden to our amazing staff and pastoral leadership, so the KGF Board continues to work with Levi to provide real support.
- The new staff additions have helped considerably: Garth Walker, Michelle Freedman, Marissa Burns — plus the continued contributions from our volunteers, in worship, kids min and beyond. (Thank you!)
- We are in conversation with a couple of our favourite guest preachers, who are kindly making themselves available to share the preaching load.
- Our biggest gap at the moment is in Tech Ministries: director Galen Bond is actively looking for more sound tech support on Sunday, to assist with livestream (so if you’re into sound or tech, Galen would love to chat!)
Can you tell me more about those staff changes that have helped out?
- Bringing Garth Walker onto our staff team as an Interim Adult Ministries Pastor has helped share the load.
- Adding Michelle Freedman’s powers of administration has been a huge bonus.
- Also, Marissa Burns hours in Kids Ministry have recently increased to allow her fantastic contribution to continue to shine.
- Our gifted worship teams, aided by the support of Mark Tromsness, and David Barbour’s leadership, continue to work hard to bring music alive on Sundays (thank you to all who play a role here!).
- Volunteers and “lay leaders” galore continue to provide a massive force of generosity and support
What about the search for new worship leadership?
2 candidates are rising above the rest, as the Worship Pastor Discernment Team does its work. There will be intentional congregational involvement when the team and Board have a recommendation, which will be soon — stay tuned!
Can you give a little more background on this worship leadership search?
- In May, the KGF Board approved a new job description for a Worship Pastor, which is a deliberate a change from KGF’s previous “Worship Director” role.
- In June, a Worship Pastor Discernment team was approved by the KGF Board, who immediately got to work reviewing, discerning and interviewing the candidates.
- The team has now identified 2 leading candidates who show potential for KGF, and will be proceeding into the steps of making their recommendation.
- Since all Pastoral staff hires at KGF (except those that are interim or transition related) need to be approved by KGF’s members, you can look forward to more involvement as this process continues. The Board will receive the Discernment Team’s recommendation in August, and proceed to congregational involvement in the decision after that.
Remind me, what is a “Transition Pastor,” and why are we looking for one?
A Transition Pastor is a role designed to help churches bridge a leadership gap. It’s a role that helps look at the organization’s structure (how staff work together), the past and future (where we’ve been, we’re headed), and help plan the search for a permanent lead pastor. It’s a specific skillset, and a healthy and recommended step for churches like ours. Rather than jumping the gun to simply find a “new lead pastor,” a Transition Pastor helps us spot your key opportunities and issues, and facilitates healthy listening and discernment for what’s next.
We also had a great question emailed to us, where the writer states:
My “vote” would be to promote both Pastor Marcus and Pastor Levi to Co-Pastors or Associate Pastors. (Not to call another outside Pastor for KGF).
A. What a fabulous affirmation of our existing leadership. We continue to be so impressed with how our pastors are handling this transition time, and each week, we hear new encouragement from the members and congregation who are appreciating Levi and Marcus’s leadership. (So, thank you!).
- Co-leading has huge potential: One of the great ideas in this question is the thought about co-leading: It’s more sustainable and collaborative to build a true team, rather than just putting the load on one person alone. The idea of building a lead team, not just adding a “lead pastor,” is definitely part of the conversation as we explore what’s next for KGF.
- Beware the “sacrificial lamb” problem: The wisdom lent to us from other churches and leaders in this space tells us that often, the first person to assume the leadership post after a long-standing pastor, ends up not lasting very long (6-9 months, on average). Some people call this replacement leader the “sacrificial lamb.” And if we love Levi and Marcus, do we want to sacrifice them? (Not so much!) So it’s an option on the table — of course, taking into account their own desired career journeys, and KGF’s needs as well — and a decision to not take lightly.
- Your idea highlights the value of a Transition Pastor: This is why a Transition Pastor is such a healthy move. They assume that 6-9 month temporary position, on purpose. They explore the culture and identify the opportunity. And from their recommendation, they help us see the opportunity for the evolution of our leadership team — which may come from outside, but as you point out, doesn’t have to.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support during this time! You can email your questions anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One last note: As we all know, “church” isn’t a Sunday production, it’s a gathering of believers who live life in authentic community, showing Christ’s live everywhere we live and work and play. What we call KGF is truly its members, spread out all around Kelowna and beyond all week long. We invite you to keep listening and praying for how God wants to use your unique talents and situation to be part of his amazing work, far beyond these walls. (And remember: you are loved!)