The LTT has drafted the following recommendations to help manage the leadership transition period for University Baptist Church. These items have been approved by Church Council and will be presented to the congregation for their approval during a Called Church Conference on Wednesday, March 16, from 5:45 pm to 6:15 pm:
- Call an Interim Pastor to serve an average of 30 hours per week to provide a balanced ministry of worship, fellowship, pastoral care, organizational leadership, and transition management to support the work being done by our staff and congregation. The interim candidate should be trained and experienced in leading congregational conversations and self-reflection to help the church emerge from this transition with a clearer sense of God’s purpose for UBC. Such a person would be able to coach and guide our church through the appropriate steps of a healthy transition and search process to prepare for calling the next Senior Pastor.UBC would provide a base salary without benefits for the Interim Pastor at a rate that is commensurate with a Senior Pastor’s salary. The LTT, on behalf of UBC, would develop a task-specific, needs-focused covenant with the Interim Pastor that would include regular reviews via the Personnel Committee at three-month intervals for the duration of the interim pastorate, which shall last until UBC calls a Senior Pastor. The Interim Pastor and UBC would each agree to provide at least 30 days’ notice prior to ending the covenant.The Interim Pastor will not be eligible for the Senior Pastor position.
- Ask the Personnel Committee to begin the process of forming a Senior Pastor Search Committee. Although the church is not ready to start the search process yet, it takes some time for a search committee to be formed and to be properly oriented in its task. These preliminary steps can take place while the LTT continues its work. When UBC is ready to begin the search process, there will not be any delays.
The LTT’s ideal timeline would see an Interim Pastor candidate selected (pending church approval) during April, a Senior Pastor Search Committee approved at the May Church Conference, and the search process for a new Senior Pastor initiated by late August.
Please contact any member of the LTT to share your comments or questions. Thank you, and God bless!
Brent Wilson, LTT Chair
Contact the Church Office if you want a copy of the proposed Interim Pastor Responsibilities.