The Leadership Board and staff will implement a new congregational care plan. This is designed to provide the pastors a more efficient way of providing congregational care, as well as utilizing ministries, leaders, and volunteers to participate in this process. Our goal is to provide our congregation with the best care possible. Pastor John and Pastor Benson will be available to meet with the congregation, answer any questions they may have, as well as celebrating the good memories while dreaming about the amazing future ahead.
Pastor John will start to pull back from the daily operations of the church. This will include attending every other weekly staff meeting. Additionally, Pastor John will begin to transition the direction of our church leadership board to Pastor Benson. However, John will still attend Leadership Board Meetings.
Pastor John will transition staff oversight, including staff meetings and evaluations, to Pastor Benson. However, he will continue to provide guidance and insight as needed. John and Benson will begin to share responsibility for major church initiatives, such as stewardship focuses, visioning, and long-term direction and planning. Pastor and John and Benson will begin to share preaching responsibilities. Benson will move from preaching once a month to twice a month at all services.
Merry Christmas! John will celebrate his last Christmas Eve and Christmas with us here at GUMC. We hope to make it an incredible month! Preaching responsibilities will continue to be shared with John preaching his final Christmas Eve message for our congregation at all Christmas Eve Services. Our pastors and leadership board in conjunction with our district superintendent, the cabinet, and Bishop will begin the process of finding a new associate pastor. This new pastor will most likely not be announced until April or May 2023 and would not come on staff until July of 2023.
Leadership of the Board will be fully transitioned to Benson, with Pastor John attending meetings only on a case-by-case basis. Pastor John and Daleen will be beginning to make personal plans for their next steps. Pastor John will transition out of his office space at the church as Pastor Benson begins to use that as his designated workspace.
John transitions the collaborative work of major church initiatives to Benson. John will still be available and present to provide guidance and wisdom on these issue over the coming months. John transitions primary preaching responsibilities to Benson and will move to preaching once a month. This will begin a special series of John’s last 5 sermons at our church. They will not fall into our current sermon series to give John freedom to share 5 special messages of his choosing with our church.
March - May
During the months of March-May, Pastor Benson will assume his new role as lead pastor while John is still here to provide insight and guidance as needed. John will continue to preach once a month and attend meeting when needed. This time has also been crafted to give John the time in his schedule to fit in as much time with our congregation as possible before he moves. John will be having final lunches or dinner with people and getting in as many last rounds of golf and tennis with our church as possible. We want John to enjoy these last months while having every opportunity to make continued investments in relationships at GUMC.
June will be a month to celebrate the amazing 26 years in ministry for Pastor John at GUMC. Each Sunday will be a special event and we will highlight an area of John’s ministry and pastorate here. We will be hearing from staff and members of our congregation about the amazing ways God has worked through John.
June 26th, mark your calendars! This will be John’s final Sunday at GUMC. John will be preaching his last message and we will end the day with a church wide celebration!