The Pastoral Transition Team (PTT) held a Townhall Event on September 19th at 6 PM. The event was a success with 250 in attendance in person and 100 online. We estimate that 400-450 people took part in the Town Hall event. We listed the main points from the PTT update given at the event in a document called PTT Town Hall Event Update 9-19-2021.docx. It is posted in the PTT Meeting Minutes & Documents section of this website.
The Town Hall event provided a thorough update on PTT activities to date. The delivered remarks and the discussion with our church family covered a lot of ground. We discussed our ongoing communication plans, gave an overview of the church survey results, provided an update on the church profile document we are building to use with candidates, provided an overview of where we stand on the actual transition process to hand off the baton from Pastor Tim to the new pastor, and discussed the actual search process to include three options the PTT recommends we consider prayerfully (an Internal Search Team, External Search Team and a Hybrid Search approach involving an internal review sub-committee and an external search team to find candidates to consider).
We encourage everyone to read that document. It will provide a solid understanding of the issues we currently are working through and the plans we have laid out to the congregation. It also discussed what we are going to do over the next 3-6 months.
Thank you to all who came out or watched the proceedings online. Your questions made for a lively discussion, and we hope our answers and stated information was helpful to all and furthered your understanding of where we are in the process. You may watch the whole event by clicking on the link listed in the first section of this website. God bless.
Minutes from 08/30/2021
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The Pastoral Transition Team (PTT) met on Monday, August 30, 2021. Discussion points included:
We encourage everyone to come out and participate in the Townhall event on September 19th, 2021 at 5:15 PM in the main sanctuary. It is your opportunity to voice your opinions and receive answers to your most important questions and concerns. Everyone should have a vested interest in selecting our next pastor! We look forward to packing out the church with a lot of interested congregants. Put it on your calendar!
The Pastoral Transition team has been hard at work. The survey was a success and generated a lot of data that is currently being sifted through, categorized, and summarized for inclusion in the church profile document that will be used to inform candidates when the search begins who have an interest and feel called to the role of senior pastor at FCBC. The church profile document is also being worked on. The Executive Pastor is shepherding the writing of various sections assigned by the PTT to staff members for completion. That will be completed by August 20th. At that time, the PTT Documentation Working Group will also be completing their work for the church profile to summarize survey findings and demographic information collected for the church and its surrounding area. That will all be included in this church profile document.
Townhall Event: On September 19th at 5:15 PM we will be holding a Townhall Event to give all congregants that have an interest in participating a chance to ask questions of a panel of experts and appointed PTT members concerning the path the PTT is on and the steps that have been taken to date. We encourage anyone interested in participating to either submit their questions through the PTT website ahead of time to the following email address: email@example.com or to come out and ask your questions directly in the Townhall forum. In the PTT’s webpage you will find multiple places where you can submit a question. All the questions that come through the website will be treated as anonymous questions that will be aired at the Townhall Event. This event will also be live streamed so anyone not able to attend can still participate and follow the proceedings.
The Townhall event will kick off at 5:15 PM on September 19, 2021 with a Meet and Greet with refreshments for about 45 minutes. You will be able to speak to the PTT members at that time in the pavilion area ahead of the actual Townhall Event. The actual forum for the questions will begin at 6 PM and run for approximately two hours. Childcare will be provided by the church. Some of the subjects we will be discussing in depth are the process to date the PTT is following, the missions of each working group established to conduct the transition, the timeline established for the transition, the actual search for a new pastor, the timing and methods we wish to employ to successfully find a suitable pastor; and the transition process that will take the form of a side-by-side handoff between Pastor Tim and the new senior pastor. We will also share some of the survey results with the congregation.
We encourage everyone to come out and participate in this most important event in the life of the church. It is your opportunity to voice your opinions, be heard and receive answers to your most important questions and concerns. We look forward to packing out the church with a lot of interested congregants. Place September 19, 2021 at 5:15 PM on your calendars!!
Thank you to all who participated in the Pastoral Transition Team’s church survey, and to all the FCBC staff and PTT team members who contributed to the survey’s development and dissemination. The survey was a great success! We closed out the survey on June 27th with 746 online responses and several hard copy responses. Those hard copy responses will be folded into the online survey data including any comments received to give us a final, complete number of survey returns. The PTT is now moving into the analysis phase of the survey and will be culling through the results to identify trends while gaining insight into the responses provided by the congregation. That data will then be summarized in the church profile document we are working on which will hopefully be complete, or mostly complete, prior to our September 12th Townhall Event.
The Townhall Event is the next major portion of our communication campaign with the church to allow you all to participate in an open forum panel discussion on subjects and concerns you may want to address related to the process of searching for, finding, calling and confirming a new candidate for our senior pastor role. We will have six panelists to field your questions. Those panelists will consist of the chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Pastoral Transition Team (Dustin Kanady and Jeffrey Crick), the Executive Director of the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), Tommy Green (member of FCBC); a senior consultant from the FBC, Craig Culbreth (member of FCBC), Bob Bumgarner of the Jacksonville Baptist Association who is functioning in a consultant role to the PTT during this process, and a consultant from the external search company being engaged by the PTT on behalf of FCBC to conduct the actual search for a senior pastor candidate. Be on the lookout for other promotional information on this event. I highly encourage people to come and attend, as well as participate in the discussion. We will give the congregation a chance to ask questions through a portal ahead of time as well as live from the floor of the main sanctuary during the event.
Thank you again for your support to this point of the process. Please continue to pray for us as we certainly need and desire the power of prayer interjected into the process as well as our continuing decisions and deliberations.
Dustin Kanady, PTT Chairman