Elders Announcement to Trinity Church August 3
Last Sunday we had our annual Congregational Meeting. Thank you for all of you who attended. I think that was the best-attended congregational meeting we’ve ever had. Thank you for praying. Thank you for attending the pre-budget meeting. Thank you for coming to hear our senior pastoral candidate, preach. Thank you for coming to meet with him during one or more of the question and answer times, for reading his blogs and listening to his sermons online. Thank you for your letters and emails to the elders. All this shows that you really love Trinity and want the church to continue loving God, loving people, sharing the gospel and serving the world.
At the meeting we voted on 3 business items:
- Our Budget for the coming 12 months
- Affirmation of 3 of the Elders to continue ministering on behalf of this congregation for a second 3-year term.
- And to vote on whether to call the next senior pastor for Trinity Church.
The ballots were counted and the results were announced. The only item that was approved was the budget. Although the candidate got a majority of the vote, he did not receive the required 75% “yes” votes in order for the church to call him. Although the three elders received a majority of the vote, they did not receive the required 75% “yes” votes in order to approve them for a second term.
We trust that somehow this was God’s hand in not confirming the candidate as the next Senior Pastor for Trinity.
What we also understand is that this was a no confidence vote for the entire elder board. We have heard you loud and clear.
We as elders are humbled. We did not have a board meeting this last week for the first time in months. Many of our elders were out of town. Instead, the elders took the week to individually pray and ask God for direction.
This is going to be a season of scrutiny. As we meet this week and the following weeks, these will be the items on our agenda:
- We want to hear from you the reasons for the no confidence vote. We’ll have a congregational meeting or perhaps a series of meetings. We hope we can prove our trust again.
- We will be looking to implement changes in our communication with you, since one thing we have heard from you is that you haven’t felt adequately informed.
- We have invited the Regional Director of our EV Free denomination to come work with us. We are committed to a careful and thorough season of scrutiny over what happened and what it means.
- We’ll be reviewing the expectations that the elders, staff and you expressed as a congregation regarding our next senior pastor.
- A probable course of action will be to secure the help of an intentional interim pastor, someone who is widely recognized and respected as a proven transitional leader, someone with both gifting and also experience in identifying and addressing problems that churches can face.
Thank you for your patience and continue to pray for us as we press ahead. Our intermediate goal is to see healing in the congregation and unity. Our ultimate goal is to see this happen for the glory of God. Then we will be at the point where we are ready to call another senior pastor.
Some of you have already begun to gather for prayer and we greatly appreciate this. Obviously, this is a call to all of us toward a deep time of prayer. This church is God’s church and He is its head. We trust in His leading.
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
Chairman Elder Board