5/10/2019 Moving Forward Update
I am pleased to update you in this Moving Forward communication on our progress in the search for our next Lead Pastor and plans for an interim preaching team. In beginning the process, the Servant Leadership Board and Staff Ministry Team first consulted the Bylaws, specifically Article VI, Section 2 and Article VII, Section 3. Both Sections charge the Servant Leadership Board with establishing the process and supervising the process. Specifically these Sections read as follows --
Article VI, Section 2: Servant Leadership Role
#7. Establish a process for calling the Lead Pastor, set that pastor’s compensation package and leave policy, and present the candidate’s name to the congregation for a corporate decision.
Article VII: The Lead Pastor, Section 3 – Calling and Tenure
The Servant Leadership Board establishes and supervises the process of search and selection of a candidate for the role of Lead Pastor. Once a candidate is approved by the Board, it sets the proposed compensation package and leave policy, gains the willingness of the candidate to serve, and then presents the candidate to a meeting of the corporation. The corporation, in a regular or special business meeting, must formally call the candidate by a seventy-five (75%) or more affirmative vote.
The process decided upon is traditional in nature. A Search Committee is formed and charged with identifying and recommending to the Servant Leadership Board a candidate for the Lead Pastor position. The SLB will then schedule a time for the candidate to meet with the Staff Ministry Team and congregation. This time of candidating will be followed by a business meeting during which a vote on the candidate will be held.
In selecting persons for the Search Committee, we (SLB & SMT) worked towards forming a group that would represent the Park Place congregation in gender, age, and theological diversity. Along with Rev. Dr. David Sebastian as an ad hoc member, these six persons have agreed to serve –
· John Pistole
· Lolly Bargerstock
· Blake Janutolo
· Steve Fridley
· Leah Helvering
· Julie Short
A joint meeting of the Search Committee, SLB, and SMT is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28. A time of prayer and commissioning of the Search Committee is scheduled for Sunday, June 2.
A complete description of the Lead Pastor position and the job announcement is available on the Park Place Church of God website. The position was posted to the Church of God Ministry Connector, a connecting tool for individuals seeking ministry opportunities and for Church of God congregations with open positions, on Friday, May 10, and the description and job announcement has been shared with 20+ individual Pastors, Executives in the Church of God, and educators. If you would like to recommend a possible candidate for the position, please do so in writing to the Search Committee using the email address noted in the job announcement (email@example.com) or through the Church Office.
Plans for an Interim Preaching Team of 4-5 individuals are beginning to come together and will be shared soon.
4/5/2019 Moving Forward Update
Park Place Church of God has been accepted into the Indiana Landmarks Sacred Places Project! This program “...trains congregations to fundraise—not the traditional fish fry model—and harness their houses of worship for outreach and growth.” (https://www.indianalandmarks.org/about/special-projects/sacred-places-indiana/)
The program selects up to ten congregations for intensive training in landmark stewardship, community engagement, and fundraising. Following the training, congregations are eligible to compete for Sacred Places Indiana grants for planning and capital improvements.
Park Place Team: Kirsten Streit-Harting, Lori Dixon, Ken Nieman, Karen Soetenga, and Don Boggs
Rev. Dr. David Sebastian, experienced in pastoral transitions (with twelve churches), has agreed to be our Interim Consulting Pastor during the time we will need to take to engage our next Lead Pastor. This will include oversight for and service to the Search Committee; consult for SLB and SMT; and consult for Pastor Markle in his remaining time with Park Place.
During the next few months and for the interim period after Pastor Markle’s last day, the SLB has asked Pastor Carma Wood to take on the additional role of Interim Executive Pastor; she will continue in her current role as Worship and Arts Pastor, too. Generally speaking, an Executive Pastor oversees a church's operations, administration, finances, and human resources to achieve the church’s mission and vision. Executive Pastors lead and oversee the church staff. At Park Place many of these responsibilities have been with the person serving as Lead Pastor with the assistance of other members of the Staff Ministry Team. Pastor Carma will be meeting regularly with staff members and overseeing the church’s operations; when questions arise, she will be the go-to person with the Chair of the SLB “on call” as needed. It is with Pastor Markle’s encouragement that we move forward with this appointment.
The newly reformed Outreach Team met for a half-day Retreat and Andrew Gale led as facilitator. During this time they focused on beginning steps in the development of a Mission Strategy. Another 2-hour retreat is to be held within the next month. Names of team members are -- Bob Edwards/team leader, Gwen Johnson, Kathy Simpson, Graeme States, Blake Alford, David Markle, Andrew Gale, and Kirsten Streit-Harting.
Work on the 2019-2020 budget is underway.
Mark your calendars: Mid-year Business Meeting & Lunch, June 9, 2019, immediately following worship.
3/18/2019 Moving Forward Update
Pastor David Markle has announced his resignation. His last day as Lead Pastor at Park Place will be July 15, 2019. We are thankful for his 18 years of faithful service to our congregation. A full statement from the Servant Leadership Board can be found here.
3/1/2019 Moving Forward Updates
Joshua Mifflin has begun service as Family Ministries Pastor, Steve Hency is wrapping up a very effective and brief time as Interim Pastor with Children and their Parents. Steve will continue serving actively in educational ministries. Pastor Josh will be taking Godly Play training March 8 – 10 in Cincinnati.
A refreshed Outreach Team is being formed and led by Bob Edwards.
Prayer gathering opportunities during Lent will be offered in the Prayer Chapel, Thursdays at the noon hour and as a Wednesday evening 6 pm option. Courtney Rice is coordinating.
Hospitality emphasis focuses on “Making Room” involving most Adult Sunday school classes during March. Pray that we will “warm up the welcome” at Park Place.
Elizabeth Weller has been recommended by the Children’s Center Search Team and Servant Leadership Board to serve as Director of Park Place Children’s Center. A congregational vote will be held at a Special Business Meeting on Sunday, March 17 following the morning worship.
We have had an initial meeting with David Frederick from Sacred Places Indiana. Sacred Places Indiana selects up to ten congregations each year for intensive training in Landmark stewardship, community engagement, and fundraising. Four to six people from each congregation participate in Partners for Sacred Places’ New Dollars/New Partners training. We are beginning the application process.
1/24/2019 Moving Forward Updates
Transition: Pastor Markle has been engaging in positive conversations with the Servant Leadership Board regarding transition in 2019. Next steps will be communicated as they are determined.
Moving forward: A special service of "Confession and Communion" is coming Sunday, February 3. Be with us!
Exercises in Flexibility: A number of young adults are engaging flexibility by sitting in a different place in the Sanctuary during worship this month. You might, too. Youth will be sitting together on the front left of the Sanctuary on the first Sunday of the month.
A common curriculum in Hospitality will be offered in participating Adult Sunday School classes during March. Come, learn, and experience Biblical, historical, and practical expressions of our Lord's welcome to our neighbors.
Engaging Young Adults mentorship program is serving around a dozen AU students. In addition, an EYA team will be meeting with an organization who specializes in communications in the church in the coming weeks.
Prayer Labyrinth will be available in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday, January 27 until thirty minutes after the morning worship ends.
1/10/2019 MOVING FORWARD
· We will move forward on the wings of faithful prayer. Let us pray daily and regularly for pastors, leaders, and all the people of Park Place Church of God.
· Staff Ministry Team is beginning each weekly staff meeting with focused prayer and attention for 30 minutes seeking “low hanging fruit” and deeper issues around our greatest priorities: “Developing a comprehensive strategy to reach new people and incorporate them into the life of the church” and “Making necessary changes to attract families with children and youth to our church.”
· Pray with us for a fruitful gathering of Servant Leadership Board and Staff Ministry Team members to discover applications of “Findings and Recommendations” from the consultation process on Saturday, January 19.
· Watch for opportunities to participate in Congregational Discussion Groups seeking to discover “next steps” during February.