The following is an update from Rick Darden (EFC-SW elder chair) regarding the superintendent transition.
Dear Fellow Pastors and Representatives,
I am writing to you today to give you an update on our EFC Southwest transition process. Over the past 6 months, various individuals and groups have met with the consulting firm, The Unstuck Group, to clarify our identity, mission, vision, and values as we look to find new leadership for our family of churches. Three key initiatives have surfaced from our time with these consultants. Teams have formed around these initiatives to identify the greatest needs among our family of churches and to help create a strategy to meet those needs. The three priorities are: 1) Healthy Pastors, 2) Local and Global Impact, and 3) Relationship Structure (Governance).
On June 6th, our strategic planning team met for the last time with our consultants from The Unstuck Group. The Local and Global Impact and Healthy Pastors teams will continue to meet to create a strategy moving forward. The team working on Governance has sent their final recommendations to the EFC Southwest Elder Board.
On behalf of the EFC Southwest Elders, I am writing to inform you that the Elders have approved these recommendations. I have attached two documents that have come out of these meetings. The first is the job description for the Superintendent that we are looking to hire. The second is an organizational chart. We believe that this structure will be essential if we are going to be a healthy family of churches in the years to come.
As an Elder Board, we have now begun the process of searching for a new Superintendent. In the days to come, we are committed to praying and fasting as we seek the leading of the Holy Spirit. Please join us in praying daily for God’s guidance during this important season. We don’t want to get ahead of the Lord and we don’t want to lag behind! At whatever point that our Elders believe that we have the right candidate, we will make this recommendation to our Representatives as a specially called meeting.
These last several months have been an exciting time of clarifying vision and seeking the Holy Spirit’s direction for us as a family of churches. The leadership structure that we believe will be most helpful in effectively building the Kingdom of God through our Friends Churches will require great steps of faith and support. We now step out in faith believing that God will lead us to the right people.
Blessings to you and yours!
On behalf of the Elders,
EFC Southwest Elder Chair