It was announced on Sunday that the Elders of MCC have recommended me as the next Sr Pastor of Maryland Community Church. To some this may seem a sudden change. Truth be told, this transition has been in process for a long time. Five years ago the leadership of MCC studied successful transition plans. We adapted a model that would fit MCC and began a transition, with multiple steps. I won’t bore you with the details, but I will say it has been a healthy process. So where do we go from here?
In our process, the Elders have recommended two things: (1) that I take the role of Sr Pastor and that (2) Vince take the role of Sr Associate Pastor. As you probably know, we have both been in these roles in an interim position for about 12 months. Here are some things we are doing in the last stages of our process.
1. Announcement to the people of MCC. This is where we are now. For more information, you will find a job description and my resume at the information center in the atrium at MCC.
2. Meet and greet. Some of you know me because we have grown up together. Some of you are new friends. If you would like to know a bit more about me, hear my story, and meet my family, we are hosting a “meet and greet” at MCC on Thursday, Sept 13.
3. Vote. Yep, this is an election year for me. The position of Sr Pastor position requires a vote by the membership of MCC. (I won’t be kissing babies, making any outlandish claims, or implementing smear campaigns.) All members of MCC are eligible to vote. Not sure if you are a member? You can email Vince McFarland (firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop by a table in the atrium starting August 26.
So what about Vince? I mean, what is really going on?
Nothing to hide here. This is all part of our transition / succession process. Vince will eventually retire, but that is a few years down the road. In the meantime, we need him on staff, filling the role of Pastoral Care, Missions, Discipleship, and city connection, and more. He brings years of valuable wisdom and experience to our team.
I am extremely honored to be considered for this role. MCC is a fantastic church. We have a great past and I am beyond excited about the future.