What’s Up with Pastor Todd 4-14-22

What’s Up with Pastor Todd 4-14-22

First Church of Christ in Saybrook Leadership Board is looking for nominations of those who might potentially serve on a Transition Team. The Transition Team is composed of 5 to 9 active FCC Saybrook members in good standing representing the diversity of the congregation in age, length of membership, race, sexual orientation, gender, ability, volunteer involvement, spiritual gifts, and other diversities. 

We hope to have all our nominations gathered by our next meeting, May 17. Please send/email nominations to Moderator Alan Ringen.

The Transition Team meets with the Transitional Pastor twice a month for the first 4 to 6 months and monthly thereafter to guide the congregation through the transition process, which prepares the congregation to call its next settled minister. 

The Transition Team plays a key role in preparing the church to shape its future. Based on my 25 years of experience I can assure you that how a church engages the transition between settled ministers has a huge impact on its future success. It can spell the difference between a call to a long term, healthy settled pastorate and a mismatch that results in conflict and disappointment.

The Transition Team is not the Search Committee. The Transition Team prepares the way for the Search Committee. The Transition Team clarifies essential questions such as “Who are we?” “Where are we going?” and “What kind of leadership do we need to get there?” The result is a congregational profile used by the Search Committee to evaluate potential candidates. 

Nominee criteria: 

  • Is not currently serving on staff at FCCS.
  • At least one person from Leadership Board.
  • Is widely trusted and respected. 
  • Is regular in their attendance and financial support of the congregation.
  • Is committed to the congregation and its future. 
  • Is willing and able to invest the necessary amount of time. 
  • Has a sense of creativity and openness to change.
  • Is able to “Speak the Truth in Love” to the Interim and other members of the congregation. 
  • Is willing and able to listen to all persons and perspectives without becoming defensive or anxious.
  • Is connected to major constituency groups (such as women’s, men’s, youth, music programs, education groups, and social action groups); while this is not a representative process, the ability to have open communication is essential. 

Author: toddyonkman

I am a husband, father, author, and Transitional Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Granby (CT).

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