A Time of Celebration and Transition
As you are likely aware, our church is in a time of significant transition. Between Pastor Susan moving to Ohio and Pastor Jack’s approaching retirement, our church staff and congregation will experience a number of major changes in the days ahead.
Changes are always hard – and the anticipation of them can create questions and anxiety for all involved. With this in mind, and in the spirit of “Journeying Together,” the Church Board felt it was a good time to update everyone on the specifics of this transition.
Scott and Susan will be moving to Ohio next month to be near family. Their last service with us will be on Easter Sunday, April 1.
Susan has played a key role in the life of our church, not only as worship leader, but also in several other ministry capacities. We don’t want to rush the process of filling this position. Over the next month, Pastor Ken and your Church Board will prayerfully finalize the ministry description and then post it to the Nazarene Job Board. Then Pastor Ken and the Board will begin the process of interviewing and calling our next worship pastor.
In the meantime, Teresa Garner will provide leadership for music in both services. For second service, she will provide guidance to a student intern, who will help lead the praise team until the new worship pastor is in place.
Anticipating Pastor Jack’s retirement, the congregation voted to appoint Pastor Ken as co-pastor in August 2016, alongside Pastor Jack. This was done with the intention that Ken would become Manteno Nazarene’s next Senior Pastor in July 2018. Believe it or not, we just passed the 20th out of 24 months on this journey together.
On Sunday, April 8, 2018, members within the congregation will take a vote to solidify this transition plan. This will be a Yes/No vote to officially call Ken to be our next senior pastor once Jack retires in July.
Please join us July 14, 2018 as we celebrate Pastor Jack and LeAnn McCormick and their family! Jack’s final Sunday as co-pastor will be July 15, though we are grateful that he and LeAnn plan to remain part of our congregation for many years yet to come.
In January, we hired a new youth pastor, Hannah Jones, who has been working with our youth group as an intern since her freshman year of college. She is currently part-time while she completes her final semester at Olivet.
On June 2, Hannah will be marrying David Nelson in Olathe, Kansas. Hannah and David will be moving to the area following their wedding, and she will begin full-time with us on June 17.
During this transition, your Pastoral Staff and Church Board hope you will join us in prayer as we strive to follow God’s lead for our church and future.
As a body, we know these first few months of 2018 present a shock to our system. We will “journey together” and take time to breathe, regroup, and catch the breath of God’s Spirit moving us to continue serving others as we draw them to Jesus Christ.
Transition inevitably brings change – but this transition will NOT change the heart or mission of Manteno Church of the Nazarene.
The sermons and life stories shared during this Lenten season lead us to Resurrection Sunday. The heart of Manteno Nazarene, shared during this season, will continue to be the heart of our Church.
Your Pastoral Staff and Church Board commit to being in prayer, fasting, and communicating with you. TOGETHER, we Love God, Journey Together, and Serve Others.