Forming the Transition Team
Transition Team Nominations
Who should be on the Transition Team?
Your Transition Team nominees should know the church best; be among the most mature in the faith; and be the most respected by members of the congregation. Consider nominees from various age groups; membership tenure; level and area of current involvement; and ease of communication.
What does the Transition Team do?
The Intentional Interim process is almost entirely managed by the Transition Team. The Transition Team will often give itself to prayer and to direct interaction with members of the congregation. The Transition Team will meet weekly for an expected minimum of eight months. The Transition Team may require a less stringent (possibly monthly) schedule, but will continuously serve until the church secures their future pastor.
Your nominees should be able to help the Transition Team achieve the following tasks:
1. Heritage—Examine the church’s history, for instance, ministries of the church, role of the church in the life of the community, missions, move to the new campus, service of former pastors, understanding why the church has chosen to utilize the Intentional Interim Minister process.
2. Leadership—Examine and evaluate staff positions, job descriptions, policies and procedures, bylaws, and lay leadership. Issues to be addressed include the recruiting and training of new leaders and seeking ways to involve more members in decision making so as to create a true consensus as the church moves forward.
3. Connections—Review Baptist theology, financial support of other ministries, partnerships in ministry and missions. The interim period will be used for reconnecting the church to Baptist life, unifying the church around these concepts, and making sure the Pastor Search Committee finds an appropriate candidate for the church.
4. Mission—Determine God’s calling for FBC Bryan. The IIM period will guide the Church in finding their God-given purpose and to express it with broad generalities and specific short-term actions.
5. Future—Guide the Church in completing the first three Focus Points to help the Church answer, “Who are we?” Guide the Church in the fourth Focus Point to answer: “Who are we supposed to be?” Prepare the Church for the calling of a pastor by developing a Pastor’s (desired) profile and a church profile, to complete the question: “How are we going to get there?”
How will we select a Transition Team?
On November 4, Nomination Forms will be distributed to church members and collected at the conclusion of each morning service during both worship services.
The Committee on Teams and Committees and Deacon Officers will collect, tally, and sort all Nomination Forms on November 4. About 25 Deacons will assist in the effort. From the nominations we expect to assemble a Transition Team of 16 to 18 members with a closely balanced number of males and females, with every effort to include a broad representation of our membership. We will review the nominees with a keen eye for inclusion and for the broadest representation of our membership. Prior to recommending the full roster of our Transition Team to the church for a ballot vote of approval on Sunday, November 11 at each morning service, the Committee on Teams and Committees will approach the nominees to make certain each potential Transition Team member is:
- Available to serve
- Informed of the responsibilities and commitment of time required to serve
- Willing to serve
Please use this period of Nomination as a time of prayer. Give yourself to understanding the significant task to which we call each nominee and ask God to provide His guidance to you and your fellow church members. Paid or unpaid staff (or staff spouses or the immediate family members of staff) are not eligible to serve. Please set aside a time to prayerfully consider the strongest Transition Team possible. You may also want to speak to those you plan to prayerfully nominate.