Hello Hope Church Partners,
As you know, we are currently navigating a pastoral transition. The journey to the next season always takes a lot of time, thought, and work. The selection of leaders is not only difficult, but it is extremely important - particularly in a church. Leaders/Pastors ought to be not only competent in their roles, but also individuals of high character. Additionally, they must be a great fit for the church. Great candidates that are the wrong fit produce the same result as poor character or competence. It just doesn’t work out.
We, as elders, want nothing more than to see God’s kingdom expand through Hope Church. This is a great church and we are ready for the next level. It is our desire to continue to build a team of elders and staff that will help lead and support Hope Church through the next season in the church’s life.
As soon as possible we want to begin the process of hiring a new pastoral team member, but we feel like we would first like to make a minor by-law change. A bylaw change is rare for us - the last one was in 2011!
The elder team has decided on this change but we need and desire the affirmation of our church partners. This is the reason for this communication with you. Once you review the change and pray/think through our reasoning, per our by-laws you will have two weeks to submit your affirmation.
Affirmation ballots are due NO LATER THAN JUNE 27, 2016.
After this change is complete, we can post our new job description immediately and begin the search for the next best candidate for Hope Church.
> Below you will find the changes we have made.
> Below is a link to our church's full Constitution and By-laws.
If you would like to speak with an elder, we are happy to set up a personal time to speak with you. Just email Tom Ingala at email@example.com and one of the elders will get in contact with you to set up a meeting time.
Tom, David, & David