As Eastminster looks to our future, the decision has been made by our Elders, Pastor Hiring Team, and Pastoral Transition Team to recruit and hire a Transition Pastor to fill the potential leadership gap between the retirement of Pastor Stan Van Den Berg and the installation of a new Senior Pastor. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for Eastminster!
Transition Pastor FAQs
What is a Transition Pastor?
Transition pastors are seasoned ministers specifically trained to help congregations bridge the time between the departure of a lead pastor and the installation of a successor. They serve for a stated period of time and may not be called to fill the lead pastor vacancy. They can be especially effective in helping congregations lay a proper foundation for an incoming pastor.
Transition pastors serve with all the ministry authority of a called Senior Pastor: head of staff, moderator of Session, preacher, worship leader, counselor, officiant at weddings, funerals, etc.
When will the Transition Pastor begin serving?
There is every expectation that the Transition Pastor will be selected, hired and in residence by mid-January so there is no interruption in leadership following Pastor Stan’s retirement.
Why is the church committing to a Transition Pastor when the Pastor Search Committee (PSC) has been working since February to fill the vacancy?
Back when the PSC was nominated and approved by the congregation, Session believed it was feasible, with God’s expedient help, to conclude the search process and call a pastor in time to have the new Senior Pastor identified and perhaps even installed by Pastor Stan’s departure.
Even with the devoted hard work of the Committee, it has become clear that the church was overly optimistic in its assessment of the time required and the availability of candidates. Being without a lead pastor in January appeared more and more likely, hence the shift to a Transition Pastor to ensure there would not be an interruption in ministry leadership.
When can Eastminster expect to welcome a new Senior Pastor?
That is very difficult to say. One of the real values of a Transition Pastor is the experience and the counsel they can provide to guide a call committee through the entire search process. Working together, we are hopeful we can celebrate the arrival of Eastminster’s new spiritual leader in 2025 or sooner.
Why retain a Transition Pastor?
Eastminster was strongly urged by the Ministerial Committee of the EPC Great Plains Presbytery to work with a Transition Pastor. The practice has become increasingly common and universally successful with other churches in the denomination.
You may recall that Eastminster has a successful history of working with interim pastors – Rev. Bob Hopper and Rev. Jerry Hilton to name most recent examples.
How long will the Transition Pastor serve?
A typical engagement is for one year. The actual length of service often depends upon the congregation’s readiness to call a qualified candidate and that called pastor’s availability.
Isn’t this a more costly process?
There is no additional expense to the church. The Transition Pastor will receive the same compensation and benefits as were previously budgeted for a Senior Pastor in the church’s 2023-24 annual budget.
What about the Associate Pastor Search?
That search has progressed at a steady pace. Responses to the posting of the position have been very encouraging. The Associate Pastor Search Committee is optimistic that it will have a recommendation to bring forward in the not-too-distant future.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Evangelism
The Associate Pastor of Discipleship’s chief responsibility is to lead the congregation to fulfill the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19–20. A distinctive priority of this role is to engage and prepare members and attendees of Eastminster for personalized reproducible ministry as disciple–makers. The Associate Pastor must feel a calling and exhibit the gifting for encouraging and equipping people to enjoy the fullness of knowing, loving, and becoming like Jesus.
Interested in applying? Please email your PIF, resume and sermon recordings to email@example.com.
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