Frequently Asked Questions
Why are we doing a transition team?
Pastor Cunnings has announced that his last service at our church will be Easter, April 1 of this year. Leadership has been in touch with our denomination, LCMC, and has asked for help with best practices and processes to find a new pastor. A transition team is one of those recommendations.
How can I get more information or ask a question?
Any of the transition team members are available to talk with you. In addition, we have created a new email address that goes to the team so they can respond to you.
What is the general plan?
The transition team has begun the process of searching for an intentional interim pastor, as suggested by LCMC. It is likely that the intentional interim pastor will be in place for 12 – 18 months, followed by a new called pastor.
What is the difference between an interim pastor and an intentional interim pastor?
An interim pastor is also referred to as a ‘supply pastor’, a Lutheran pastor who comes on Sunday and performs the service and sermon. An intentional interim pastor does all that and more. The “IIP” would be a contracted pastor of CLC, and performs the LCMC position description for a church’s pastor. That pastor is also specially trained to help and assist a church in transition and helps bring a new pastor on board.
If we like our intentional interim pastor, can he/she be hired as our pastor?
No, that is specifically forbidden in the agreement with the IIP. The “IIP’s” role is to help a church through the transition and provide a smooth start for our new pastor.
Who does our church belong to?
Pastor Mark from LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) reminded us late last year that the church belongs to Jesus.