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The Transition Planning Task Force will be working with church leadership to create the interim minister search committee. Here is their interim proposal, presented to Jan. 28, 2018 meeting. PowerPoint introduction with task force members’ names and ground rules.
Meeting minutes 2017-11-14
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Dec. 10, 2017 Fellowship Concern during worship:
Good morning, and thank you for this opportunity to speak to you on behalf of the Transition Planning Task Force. My name is Nancy Siska. I ask that other members of the task force stand as your names are read:
Emi Bennett Vo and Deb Fowler from the Leadership Council; Paula Northwood, minister; Peg Birk from the Deacons; Claire Colliander, Dan Dressen, Nancy Gores, Sarah Lehman and Carrie Sauter, from the congregation; and Karl Jones and Sue Moses from Plymouth boards.
Now that you know who we are, I’ll tell you what we’re doing, and when we’ll have more to report.
The Transition Task Force was chartered by Plymouth’s Leadership Council to move our ministerial transition forward in an intentional manner. Among the areas of focus are determining whether an interim minister should be sought, and if so, what their role would be. Our charter also calls on us to consider what the long-term ministry model for Plymouth might be.
We’re meeting weekly and have focused so far on learning about different types of transitional and interim ministers as well as reviewing Plymouth surveys and listening session summaries from the past two to three years.
If you want to know more, please go to the Transition Task Force link on Plymouth’s website to see our Charter, minutes and other materials we think might be of interest. We’ll soon have a bulletin board with similar information, as well as a Plymouth email address for questions or suggestions. And, of course, feel free to talk to any of us informally as you wish. As we learn more about our options, we’ll make ourselves available more formally. After this service today, a few members of our team will be available for comments or questions.
By the end of January, our goal is to provide a recommendation to the Leadership Council, Deacons and congregation about whether an interim minister is needed and if so, what their job responsibilities and required competencies might be. Our recommendation will also outline a search process. As a point of clarification, we are not a search committee; if one is needed for an interim minister, one will be appointed subject to the requirements of Plymouth’s Bylaws, which require a congregational vote.
We value hearing from you and are committed to being open and transparent as we complete our work. Thank you.
Nov. 10, 2017: During this time of change at Plymouth, we appreciate your commitment to our future together. To move our ministerial transition forward in an intentional manner, the Leadership Council adopted a Transition Planning Task Force Charter. Among the areas of focus are determining whether an interim minister should be sought and, if so, what kind of interim, and what the long-term ministry model might be. We encourage you to read the full charter.
More than 50 people were nominated for the Transition Planning Task Force. Thank you to all who put forward names. With this large number of candidates, it was challenging to choose just a few for the Transition Planning Task Force. In considering the candidates, our group, consisting of a clergy person, three elected lay leaders and one person from the congregation, used several parameters, seeking diversity in age, gender and points of view, as well as experience in the church. The Leadership Council is confident that the blend of Task Force membership is representative of the diversity at Plymouth. All members of the task force have been affirmed by the entire Leadership Council and their contribution to our life together in spiritual community is much appreciated.
Our Transition Planning Task Force members are:
Peg Birk – Deacon
Claire Colliander – At-Large Member
Dan Dressen – At-Large Member
Deb Fowler – Leadership Council
Nancy Gores – At-Large Member
Karl Jones – Board Member
Sarah Lehman – At-Large Member
Sue Moses – Board Member
Paula Northwood – Clergy
Carrie Sauter – At-Large Member
Nancy Siska (Chair) – At-Large Member
Emi Bennett Vo – Leadership Council
Please join us in supporting this task force in its important work for Plymouth.
Chad Freeburg, Chair of the Leadership Council
Deb Fowler, Vice-Chair of the Leadership Council
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