The Transition Team has finished its work and we are now into the Call Process! Keep reading for the latest news or read about the work we did prior to the Call Process.
Call Committee Chairperson Dennis Foster has shared that the committee has one more name to coordinate with and they are working to compile their "short list" from the first round of interviews. This means the first phase is nearly complete. Continue to keep the Call Committee in your prayers as they continue through their process.
If you missed the September 23/26 Temple Talk in worship, take a moment to listen to it here. Al Flickinger gave a great review on where they've been and what the committee needs from the congregation.
Most or all of you know that we are in the final stage of a transition period we started two Christmases ago. Your Call Committee is conducting interviews to identify a solid candidate to call as your next Lead Pastor.
This is a good time to review some very powerful work your Transition Team produced and published. This work is not meant to be relegated to the scraps of history, but, much like a catechism, it is meant to be used over and over again to guide and coordinate all of the work of the St. John’s congregation.
Here are the most enduring four answers to six critical questions pondered long and hard by the Transition Team. The answers are very specific to St. John’s. As you do the work of commissions, council, or the general work of individual members, please read and re-read these carefully to guide your thought and work. With God’s blessing, they will work to unite this ministry and define it for years to come.
Why do we exist? Living in God’s grace, St. John’s Lutheran Church is an inclusive community worshiping together, growing in faith, serving others, and living as witnesses of Jesus Christ.
How do we behave? We reflect God’s love in our actions and decision-making by: Providing hospitality; Embracing each individual’s faith journey; Modeling forgiveness and; Committing to a life of devotion and service.
What do we do? We provide worship, service, fellowship, and faith formation opportunities for the members of our congregation, community and the world.
How will we succeed? We will succeed by Investing in and empowering people to lead and serve; by offering unique and innovative forms of worship, fellowship, service and education; by fostering intergenerational faith relationships; by connecting with the greater community in visible ways; by communicating clearly and consistently using all media types; by teaching and modeling generous giving to remain financially viable and; by being intentional in our evangelism.
Thank you to all who took the time to engage in discussion at the All Commission meeting on September 23. We had an excellent representation of commission leaders as well as staff and other programs supported by St. Johns including Lutefisk, Creation Kids Preschool, and Food for Friends. It is my hope that each commission will continue the conversations we started. We discussed strengths and challenges of St. John’s as well as ways to empower each of out commissions to carry out the work identified by each. Looking forward, we challenge each commission to review the minutes from this meeting and discuss strategies to utilize our strengths to overcome our challenges. Each of you were left with homework. We have asked each commission to identify: “What is most important right now?” and “Who must do what?” To be successful, these two questions must be asked by all of us on a regular basis. As we complete tasks and transition through the seasons of the church, these answers will change. I encourage each of you to see where your time and talents can be shared with St. Johns. Together, we can live as witnesses of Jesus Christ and serve the many programs and ministries of St. John’s. Continue to prayerfully reflect all that you see God doing through us.
Looking for more on our ongoing transition, including the call process? Get all the info here.
On Sunday, September 23 and Wednesday, September 26 the Call Committee reported in worship. They're still working through the interview process. They are working closely with the synod office. They remind us that the call process requires a lot of confidentiality. And most of all, they continue to ask for your prayers as they seek the right fit for our congregation.
Listen to the full update from Call Committee member Al Flickinger - it's less than 2 minutes to get the full story!
The Call Committee has begun the first round of interviews with several candidates. Continue to keep them and the process in your prayers.
On Sunday, September 23 following worship everyone involved with a commission, committee, or organization at St. John's is invited to an All Commission Meeting. The meeting is scheduled 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, lunch will be served.
This will be a great opportunity to bring everyone to the table. Many of the ministries lean on each other. By getting everyone together we can work as one voice. We look forward to this experience to see the energy, commitment, and capabilities we have as a collective front. If you are not on a Commission but are looking to get involved, this is an excellent day to participate and find out where your talents can serve.
The goals for this workshop are:
- Align commissions with St. John’s Purpose and Guiding Principles. Initiate ownership of ministries and activities under each commission.
- Empower leadership and decision making within each Commission.
- Introduce financially responsible budget planning
- Capture: Who is doing what. Who needs to do what? What are we missing?
Every commission is asked to answer some questions and submit them by September 19. Questions, submission information, and further details are in this document.
Our Transition Process continues as we enter into the Call Process.
On Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 pm we met to hear from Rev. Susan Miller from our Southeastern Minnesota Synod office and from our own St. John's Call Committee. They presented our Ministry Site Profile (MSP) and explained what to expect from the call process.
The MSP is a form that serves as a kind of resume for St. John's. The synod will share our MSP with possible candidates. You can download our 2018 Ministry Site Profile (a few hard copies are also on the Welcome Center at St. John's).
Catch up on what you missed:
Your St. John’s Call Committee is meeting to keep moving us forward toward calling a Lead Pastor. Our Ministry Site Profile, a kind of resume potential candidates will review to learn more about our congregation, has been submitted.
Join us Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 pm for a Town Hall Meeting with Rev. Susan Miller from our Southeastern Minnesota Synod office. She’ll address what we can expect from the call process and answer your questions.
If you know a pastor that the Call Committee should consider, there are forms at the Welcome Center you can fill out and submit. These will be sent on to the synod office.
As Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us there is "A time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." We are especially reminded of this at this time of year as we celebrate another class of graduates, many of our young congregation members enlisting in the Armed Forces and adoption of our summer worship schedule.
There is indeed a time for everything and here at St. John's it time to engage. The transition team has worked dutifully to identify who we are as well as garner an insight of what we need. These past few months our council has been engaging in where we are at and how we continue to move forward. A Call Committee has been commissioned. Thank you to those who are serving in these leadership roles. We have several commissions carrying out the work of St. John's both in house and outside our walls. We are committed to serving our community.
I'm asking each of you to find where it is you belong here and ask that you reach out and volunteer. Our programming cannot run without engagement from each of us. The most prominent need for the summer is adult volunteers with our summer programming. We also have a landscape project starting soon which I hope to see as a congregational activity with families participating together. I know there are several maintenance and upkeep project continually happening under the direction of our Properties Commission. Our leadership goes beyond the council and commissions. We each have a role to play.
On Sunday, June 3 the council and members of the transition team gave a report. The video recording is available below. We are excited about the future of St. John's and want to be sure to engage all of you in this excitement as well. Everything we do is with, and because of, God's grace.