FBCJC Transition Updates

Below are updates during our church’s transitional process. If you have any questions, please contact the church at 573.634.3604 or mary@fbcjc.org. 

August 4, 2021

A photo of the Herron family

Herron family

The Transition Committee was approved by church vote on February 21, 2021, tasked by our constitution and the membership to arrange for pastoral leadership, including pulpit supply, while a new pastor is being sought. Since that time, we have met regularly to visit with church leadership, develop a job description for an Intentional Interim Minister, provide pulpit supply through the summer, and interview candidates. An Intentional Interim Minister will provide pastoral leadership to the congregation during the transition between pastors and serve as a consultant with our Pastor Search Committee.

The committee is pleased to announce Rev. Dr. Keith Herron as candidate for Intentional Interim at FBC JC and welcome him Sunday, August 15, to preach in each service in view of a call to serve as our interim. A letter was mailed August 2 to the membership of our congregation. This mailing includes more information about the candidate, what to expect during the interim season, and the process to vote on calling him as our interim.

Thank you for your prayers for this committee, the candidate, and our church. We are excited about this next chapter, and we encourage you to join us Sunday, August 15, for worship and the quarterly business meeting at Noon. If you have any questions, please contact any member of our committee.

Transition Committee Members
Sharon Nelson, Chair; Susan Bell, Mandee Carney, Gary Collins, Travis Ford, Stephen Mathis

 

JULY 2021

TRANSITION COMMITTEE UPDATE //  We’ve been in a season of transition for over a year now at FBC JC due to COVID and our Lead Pastor’s cancer diagnosis and passing. While it may seem slow at times to some, we are taking significant and intentional steps forward on an important and lengthy journey as we follow the leading of God’s Spirit. Thank you, FBC JC family, for your continued prayers for our Transition Committee and our Pastor Search Committee. The Transition Committee has done an excellent job recruiting preachers for Sundays throughout the summer. In addition, the Transition Committee is busy interviewing potential candidates to serve as our intentional interim minister. Transition Committee Members: Sharon Nelson, Chair; Susan Bell, Mandee Carney, Gary Collins, Travis Ford, Stephen Mathis

PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE // The 9 member Pastor Search Committee was elected by the church membership at a Special Business Meeting on Sunday, April 18, and began meeting on April 29. The committee is currently discerning what the pastor search process should be, assessing the needs of the church, coordinating efforts with the Transition Committee, and praying for God’s guidance and wisdom. The Pastor Search Committee looks forward to the appointment of an Intentional Interim Pastor who can assist with the pastor search process.
Pastor Search Committee Members: Cari Collins, Chair, Sondra Allen, Margaret Craighead, Lory Feeler, Terry Heiman, Gary Hemphill, Glenna Honich, Todd Pridemore, Rand Swanigan
Please continue to pray for both of these committees. We look forward to sharing more information as updates become available.

 

JUNE 2021

TRANSITION COMMITTEE // The Transition Committee spent April finalizing an interim pastor job description based on our informal assessment of our church’s current needs. Additionally, we created a series of interview questions to guide us in meeting with potential interim candidates. Currently, the committee is evaluating profiles of prospects who have indicated an interest in serving our congregation as interim. Our next step would be to select those who seem to be a “good fit” for an interview. Representatives of our committee recently met with the Pastor’s Search Committee to update them on our progress. Please continue to pray for our committee as we seek God’s will in filling the interim pastor’s position. (Committee Members: Sharon Nelson, Chair; Susan Bell, Mandee Carney, Gary Collins, Travis Ford, Stephen Mathis)

PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE // The following members were approved at the April 18 Quarterly Business Meeting to serve on the Pastor Search Committee: Sondra Allen, Cari Collins.
Margaret Craighead, Lory Feeler, Terry Heiman, Gary Hemphill, Glenna Honich, Todd Pridemore, Rand Swanigan. Cari Collins was approved as the chair of the Pastor Search Committee at the May 23 Special Called Business Meeting.

 

MAY 2021

TRANSITION COMMITTEE // The Transition Committee is immensely grateful for your support, encouragement, and prayers as we continue our work on your behalf. We are currently developing an interim pastor job description, which includes both preaching and administrative tasks, and fits our church’s current needs. We are also reviewing profiles of possible candidates.  The following individuals have agreed to lead us in worship from May 30-June 27: Jeanie McGowan, May 30; James Preston, June 13 & 20; Todd Pridemore, June 27. Rod Maples and musicians will lead us on June 6 for Summer Music Sunday. Please pray for each of these individuals as they prepare to lead us. (Committee Members: Sharon Nelson, Chair; Susan Bell, Mandee Carney, Gary Collins, Travis Ford, Stephen Mathis)

PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE // The following members were approved at the April 18 Quarterly Business Meeting to serve on the Pastor Search Committee: Sondra Allen, Cari Collins. Margaret Craighead, Lory Feeler, Terry Heiman, Gary Hemphill, Glenna Honich, Todd Pridemore, Rand Swanigan. The committee will meet soon to select a chair and this will be brought to the church for a vote at a future Special Called Business Meeting (Date TBD).

MARCH 29, 2021

Our Enlistment and Transition Committees continue their important and constitutional work of providing guidance during a pastoral transition at FBCJC. Below are recent updates from each committee.

Enlistment Committee – After leading the process of establishing a Transition Committee, the committee is now preparing to bring to the congregation a slate of nominees to serve on the Pastor Search Committee. At the time of this writing, the goal is to bring these names to the Quarterly Business Meeting on Sunday, April 18. (Committee Members: Martha Jobe, Co-chair; Debbie Bledsoe, Co-chair; Sharon Anderson, Bill Baggett, Bill Heller, Adele LoGaglio)

Transition Committee – The committee is meeting regularly to assess the needs of the congregation during the interim /transition time. The committee also met with the pastors to learn more about needs and processes. The committee is currently recruiting supply preachers to begin May 30. This will provide Pastors Hannah Coe and Melissa Hatfield with some relief as regular ministry responsibilities pick up during the summer months. It will also provide the Transition Committee additional time to identify and nominate a candidate for the interim period at FBC JC. (Committee Members: Sharon Nelson, Chair; Susan Bell, Mandee Carney, Gary Collins, Travis Ford, Stephen Mathis)

February 22, 2021

On Sunday, February 21, at our Quarterly Business Meeting, the Enlistment Committee presented a slate of nominees to serve on a special committee, the Transition Committee. According to our FBC Constitution, “Pastoral leadership, including pulpit supply while a new pastor is being sought, shall be arranged by a special committee elected for that purpose. An interim pastor may be selected by the church upon recommendation of this special committee.” The Bylaws further state, “Special committees shall be named for specific purposes as desired by the church. These committees and their chair shall be elected by the church from its member­ship after the Enlistment Committee submits its nominations and opportunity is given for additional nomina­tions. A Special Committee shall not exercise the functions of a standing committee.”

The following individuals were approved by the membership to serve on the Transition Committee: Sha­ron Nelson, Chair; Susan Bell, Mandee Carney, Gary Collins, Travis Ford, and Stephen Mathis. The committee will begin to meet and have conversations to learn more about what the church is needing for the interim or transition time before the church begins the interim search process. The Enlistment Committee will provide updates on their work to the congregation as needed. These updates will be shared via the Weekly, the Bea­con, and on our website at fbcjc.org/transition.