While one expects Interim Ministry to be a time of transition, and it has been, in the coming months that will be truer than ever. Connie Bieth and Peter de Sousa have resigned; we thank them for their valued contributions to the life and work of our congregation. In September we will be welcoming a new administrator and a supply music director. Thanks also, Forest Hill, for the welcome back to me following my 3½ months sabbatical.
Forest Hill is now beginning the journey to the selection of new ministers. The first step is what is called a Joint Needs Assessment (Joint refers to the partner-ship between the congregation and presbytery as we engage in this task). The JNAC used to be a committee that met over several months to sort out who the congregation is and what was needed. Waterloo Presbytery has been transitioning to a new process which begins with a one day congregational gathering. Our date is Sunday October 18th.
After worship that day, the congregation will spend the afternoon working on six profiles. Presbytery Minister, Paul Miller, will be guiding the process, along with other presbyters. You will be divided into groups to brainstorm descriptions of who the congregation is and what we’re doing, what K-W and the Forest Hill community are like, and what’s needed in leadership from the new ministers. This is an opportunity for you to give your input!
Please mark the date, but also prepare for the day: by listening to God, to your neighbours, and to other congregants; by praying; and by discerning in what direction Forest Hill is being called for next steps. Good preparation for the day, and for the search by participating in the day, is the surest path to a positive transition to new ministers.
I’m available to respond to your questions or wonders, or if you want to know more.