Q: What is the status of replacing Jay McKenney?
A: No action is planned for the time being. We expect that the new Lead Pastor of Spiritual Formation will want to be part of choosing the worship pastor, since they will be working closely together. The uncertainty of our current financial situation also limits our ability to go forward in filling the position at this time. In the meantime, Phil Church is doing a great job taking on this role, which he had also filled in the past whenever Jay’s health problems kept him away. Laura Vandergiessen has been hired part time to help Phil.
Q: What is the status of replacing Barbara Feil?
A: We have redefined this position and its roles, giving it the new title of Pastor of Group Life and Assimilation. A search team last fall was unable to find a candidate that they thought was a good fit. The search has been put on hold for now. Since the next Leader Pastor of Spiritual Formation will work closely with the Pastor of Group Life and Assimilation, it would be best to hire the Lead Pastor first. The uncertainty of our current financial situation also limits our ability to go forward in filling the position at this time. Fortunately, Sunset has been blessed with a strong group of lay leaders in this area who we know are capable of keeping this ministry area strong in the interim.
Q: Will we continue with the co-lead pastor model or move to a more traditional Senior Pastor / Executive Pastor model?
A: The transition is a natural point for Session to carefully evaluate our pastor leadership model. In order to add depth and breadth to our perspectives on this topic, we are seeking input from multiple sources, including from our Elders who have previously served on Session.
Q: Will we hire an interim pastor?
A: We are very happy to announce that Dr. Jay has agreed to serve us again in an interim pastor role. Similar to last time, he will be doing this part-time in addition to his various other roles, including being mayor of Seaside. His interim roles will include preaching once every month, attending weekly staff meetings, and attending Session meetings. Dr. Jay brings familiarity with Sunset and a wealth of experience from serving as our not only our interim pastor, but also interim pastor for two other congregations since then. Session is very excited about having his wise counsel available to us.