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Personnel Committee Available to Answer Your Questions
The Personnel Committee invites members who have questions related to the pastor search and transition process to call or email a committee member, or you can meet personally with a member of the committee Sunday, June 2, 2017 in the church parlor before Bible Study (9:00 a.m.), between Bible Study and Worship, and after the Worship Service (11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or as late as needed). You can send the committee a message by clicking on the link above or call a member of the committee.
Personnel Committee Members:
Dr. Ron Aebersold
Dr. Richard Bischofhausen
Please refer to the church directory or call the church receptionist to get the phone numbers for committee members.
Voting for Interim Pastor
Voting for Interim Pastor will be by ballot on Sunday, July 9, at the end of the Worship Service and is open to all baptized members of the church (Bible Study/ Sunday School membership is not sufficient).
Voting will take place in the Spanish-speaking service also.
Results of the vote will be announced on the following Sunday morning, July 16.
Personnel Committee Unanimous in Interim Pastor Recommendation
Following is an overview and explanation of the process of how the Personnel Committee arrived at the recommendation to call Pastor Ken Branam as interim pastor. — From the notes of Richard Bischofhausen’s presentation given at an all-church luncheon Q&A meeting on June 25, 2017 in the CRC.
This process began in early October 2016 when the committee was informed by Ken of his intention to resign as Senior Pastor of PPBC. We have been meeting almost weekly since then to facilitate as seamlessly as possible the process of our church calling a new Senior Pastor.
We recognized that there are several elements to this process:
The determination of the interim structure that we should follow.
The selection of the Pastor Search Committee.
To help facilitate the Pastor Search Committee, a church and pastor profile survey needed to be obtained.
In determining the interim structure, we spent a tremendous amount of time researching and studying various interim models as possibilities for our church. We quickly concluded that there is no perfect model. Each interim model has strengths and weaknesses. For the sake of time, I will not go into great detail on the pros and cons of each model. If you wish more detailed information on these models, please come up to me or call me, and I will bore you with the details.
Examples of the models we studied:
Internal Staffing: Under this plan, there would be no interim, and the present staff would alternate and fill the pulpit each week.
Preacher For The Day: Same as the internal staffing, but you have a different outside preacher each week.
Interim Preacher: Same as internal staffing, but you have the same preacher each week.
Pastoral Bridge Plan: (This was done at FBC San Antonio, and I believe FBC Carrollton?)Â In this model, the Senior Pastor continues in the Senior Pastor position and stays for a period of time after the new pastor comes on board.
5. Intentional Interim: The individual preaches every Sunday and performs as a part-time or full-time Senior Pastor. Basically in this model, the interim would perform as much or as little pastoral duties as determined by the Personnel Committee.
After weeks of study, work and prayer, we were not led to any of these models as being the right plan for our church because:
1. Our church has changed tremendously in the last 28 years. We are a much smaller church in membership and more mature in age.
2. Any potential interim is an unknown entity. He doesn’t know our church, and frankly I can tell you from personal experience, there are good interims and there are not so good interims.
3. Typically in a period of pastoral transition, there is a fall in attendance from those who are at the church specifically because of the pastor or his preaching.
4. This is typically followed by an exodus of valuable church staff, who are not easily replaced in a time of uncertainty.
5. There is a resultant fall in giving.
6. This increases the downward spiral from which many churches never recover.
With this in mind, we began to prayerfully consider the possibility of Ken serving as interim. I think it’s important to point out that Ken did not seek the role of interim. In fact, he initially turned us down. But he was willing to consider serving as interim in light of the committee’s reasoned belief that he would be the most effective interim in dealing with the many concerns that the committee saw would be faced by the Church.
Among these concerns were:
1. He would hold members who are here specifically because of the Pastor.
2. He would stabilize and help to maintain valuable & loyal staff and minimize disruption to the church
3. He would be a familiar and stabilizing influence from the pulpit. Consistent.
4. There would be excellence in filling the pulpit each Sunday. Somebody has to preach, and Ken brings a powerful and compelling message each week.
5. He is familiar with the staff and church members. He knows us.
6. He would be a source of some pastoral care.
7. We would see a continuation of our ongoing ministries.
8. He would be a familiar and trusted voice of calm in the eventuality of a major calamity within the church.
I believe it’s important to point out that if Ken serves as interim, his role will be very different and diminished from his present role as Senior Pastor.
1. This is a month to month at will agreement. He will not be an employee of the church. While our hope is that Ken will serve until our new pastor is found and called, Ken will willingly step aside if at any point either Ken or the Personnel Committee feels that another course would be better for the church.
2. Ken will not office at the church.
3. Ken will preach 3 Sundays a month and provide a preacher when he is absent.
4. Ken will perform some pastoral visitation and other pastoral duties as his schedule allows.
5. He will attend staff meeting and Wednesday nights.
Therefore, there will be a substantial level of reduction and separation from his present role as Senior Pastor. He will have no input into the Pastor Search Committee.
Therefore, we, the Personnel Committee, strongly feel and recommend Pastor Ken as our interim.
That is my very brief synopsis of the process of the Personnel Committee over the last 9 months. Again, I will be glad to discuss with anyone in more detail. My phone number is 972-897-4417. Thank you!