Thursday, June 28, 2007

Transition Team

The Transition Team is one of the critical components of Intentional Interim ministry. In fact, it may be the single most important element.

The Transition Team is:
* A group of trusted and respected individuals selected by the congregation to guide the process of becoming a more healthy church.
* A group of maturing (spiritually, emotionally and mentally) leaders who are respected for their both their skills and temperament for group work.
* Representative of the entire congregation with all of its diversity.
* A critical strategy as it communicates the message: this is the work of the congregation.
* A model to the congregation – looking for God’s movement, will and purpose for the future of the congregation.
* The group who determines when the church is ready for the L.B.A. to begin the search for the next Senior Pastor.
* A new group with a new group life leading the church toward a new day of congregational health and wholeness.

Our Transition Team is made up of ten members. There are five men and five women. There are five representatives from the 9 am worship service and five from the 11 am worship service. There are older adults, middle aged and younger adults. Some of the team members have been in the church 40+ years and others have attended for less than 5 years.

The team began meeting the first of June with an overnight retreat. We have been meeting weekly as we plan our first congregational event for July 29th. This event will focus on our first task of "Coming to Terms with History".

Team members have made the following covenant agreement with each other.
We will…..
Pray and seek God’s guidance,
Abandon selfish motivations,
Listen to each other and congregation members with sensitivity,
Seek to engage the congregation to spiritual health,
Respect our pastor and church leadership,
Respect each other’s dignity and privacy,
Share a common message to the congregation,
Strive to model healthy group life in Christianity community,
Make decisions by consensus.

I am so pleased with the start that our Transition Team has made and am enjoying working with them so very, very much. They are developing into one of the best working groups that I have ever been a part of.

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