Transitions

 

The Interim Period

Skyland Church is currently in an “interim period,” the transition time between a settled pastor’s leaving, and a new settled pastor’s arrival. This is an important time for rediscovery of a church’s identity, their calling and the role that they want to play in their community.

The first step is to find an interim minister.            

With a sense of blessing, Skyland Church has signed an agreement  with Reverend Kevin Omi to serve as our intentional interim minister beginning on September 24.

 

Pastor Jean Jeffress will serve as a “bridge pastor” from Aug. 4 – Sept. 19,  to help Skyland Church begin its journey and prepare for our interim minister, Reverend Omi.

 

The second step is a process of discernment and revitalization.

With the guidance of Reverend Omi, Skyland Church will review the five focus areas defined for transitional ministry: heritage, leadership, mission, connections, and future.

Much of the latter part of this work will take place via the reVision program with Daniel Ross-Jones, our Associate Conference Minister.

 

The third step is to search for and “call” a settled minister.

Skyland Church will follow the UCC protocols to form and commission a search committee for a settled minister.

The reVision Program

In March, the congregation voted unanimously to participate in the reVision program. In this program, churches work with curriculum and a coach to deepen their connection to God, to each other and to the wider community and world.

ReVision gives us fresh insights and energy as we look to the future. The program is designed to go deeply into our spiritual lives, both individually and together, and help us attune ourselves more fully to what we feel God is calling us to do in our community and in the world. Our associate conference minister, Daniel Ross-Jones, is also excited about what this program could do for our church. He would be our coach throughout the process.

The currently planned timeline includes training for small-group leaders and our Interim Minister in the Fall of 2018, and a series of seven small-group meetings beginning in January 2019. This phase is spread out over about 90 days and includes devotions, reading, discussing Christianity for the Rest of Us by Diana Butler Bass, and beginning to listen for inspirations from God together.

A “Convergence Summit” would be held in March where everyone in our congregation could meet to discuss the inspirations conceived in the small groups and decide together which ones to pursue. “Proposal Teams” would then work with the coach to develop projects based on the inspirations. Later in the year at an “Action Summit,” each team would present a plan to implement their project to the congregation. The church would then decide which projects to implement.

After the Storm by Nancy Jo Lopp

By participating in the reVision process together, we will strengthen our connections to God and to each other and jump start some new ministries in our community.