Pastoral Transition

Pastoral Transition

We Heard You!

We have listened to feedback from the church congregation and have decided to look for an interim preacher for January-March 2020. This will provide the church with a consistent preacher each Sunday. We hope to have an update on an interim pastor by the annual business meeting later this year.

Download the full 2019 Listening Sessions Report

 

Note from the
Transition Team Chair

Dear Connection Point Family,

The Pastor Transition Team is in place in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws, Article 5, Part 7. According to the bylaws, this team is composed of the Finance Team, Personnel Team, current and incoming Deacon Chairmen, and the staff Lead Team. You can get to know the individuals who make up this group below.

Many members of the transition team were surprised to be called into this task, being unaware that serving in one of these roles would include such a responsibility. Still, the church can trust that God has put the right people into the right positions to serve in this role. Despite this confidence, they will appreciate your prayers.

The primary functions of the Pastor Transition Team are as follows:

  • Support the Leadership Team (Jeff Humphrey, Laura Davis, Casey Harold, Clay Withers)
  • Assure the ministries and mission of the church are fulfilled
  • Recommend and fill interim positions
  • Establish and support the Lead Pastor Search Committee
  • Communicate the transition process to the church on a regular basis
  • Lead out in guiding the church in prayer

The following are 6 truths to encourage us during the Pastor Transition:

  1. God will be with Connection Point Church at all times. Hebrews 11:5 – "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."
  2. God is in control.  Ephesians 1:11 – "God works all things according to the counsel of His will. We need to rest in Him by trusting Him."
  3. God plans good out of this transition. God has promised that He works all things together for the good of His people (Romans 8:28).
  4. It’s ok to weep. Our pastor leaving hurts. The Ephesian elders wept at Paul’s goodbye (Acts 20:36-38).  
  5. Ministry must go on. The Great Commission does not say “Go therefore and make disciples – if you have a pastor.” The Great Commission does not include conditions.  
  6. We need to be a unified body. The congregation needs to stay together for support and encouragement. The interim time will bring blessings we don’t even expect.   

Please continue to lift up this Pastor Transition Team in prayer on a daily basis as we work to lead our church body through this process to find God’s man to be our Lead Pastor.

Love in Christ,
Rob Jordan, Transition Team Chair

 

Meet the Transition Team

According to the Constitution and Bylaws, this team is composed of the Finance Team, Personnel Team, current and incoming Deacon Chairmen, and the staff Lead Team. You can get to know the individuals who make up this group by clicking on the teams below.

Finance Team

Rob Jordan, Chair & Transition Team Chair
Joined CPC: 1968
Campus: Raytown
Ministry Involvement: Student Ministry LifeGroup Leader, Deacons
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer and Department Manager, Burns & McDonnell Aviation & Federal Division

Doug Collins
Joined CPC: 2010
Campus: Raytown
Ministry Involvement: Financial Peace University Facilitator, LifeGroup Member
Occupation: Client Service Manager, Acxiom

Lanny Dillenschneider
Joined CPC: 1999
Campus: Raytown
Ministry Involvement: LifeGroup Member
Occupation: Sales Professional, Reece Commercial Real Estate

Chris Ellis
Joined CPC: 1999
Campus: Lee's Summit
Ministry Involvement: Deacons, Multisite Team, Connect Team
Occupation: Sr. Manager of Business Development, Lonza

Lucretia Raby
Joined CPC: 2001
Campus: Lee's Summit
Ministry Involvement: Hope Network Board, Connect Team, LifeGroup Member
Occupation: Owner, Lucretia Raby Consulting, LLC

Steve Yonker
Joined CPC: 2004
Campus: Lee's Summit
Ministry Involvement: LifeGroup Leader, Children's Choir, Create-A-Camp, Choir
Occupation: Retired Civil Engineer

Personnel Team

Cheryl Sands, Chair
Joined CPC: 1994
Campus: Raytown
Ministry Involvement: LifeGroup Leader, Hope Network Gala, Pageant/Connection Point Christmas
Occupation: Senior Vice President, SMB Medical Billing

Curt Fieleke
Joined CPC: 2016
Campus: Raytown
Ministry Involvement: Hope Network Board, LifeGroup Member
Occupation: Retired Senior Pastor, South Haven Baptist Church

Lisa Kern
Joined CPC: 2013
Campus: Raytown
Ministry Involvement: Connect Team, Kid Ministry, Preschool Choir
Occupation: Rides Operator, Kansas City Zoo

Jamie Luark
Joined CPC: 1987
Campus: Lee's Summit
Ministry Involvement: Connect Team, LifeGroup Member
Occupation: Vice President of Educational Services, Saint Luke's Health System

Bruce Rosenbaum
Joined CPC: 1955
Campus: Raytown & Lee's Summit
Ministry Involvement: Media Team, Deacons
Occupation: Retired Dentist

Deacon Team

Jason Powell, Chair
Joined CPC: 2001
Campus: Raytown
Ministry Involvement: Kid Ministry, Deacons, LifeGroup Member
Occupation: Service Sales Engineer, Design Mechanical, Inc.

Mark Browning, Chair Elect
Joined CPC: 1997
Campus: Raytown
Ministry Involvement: Kid Ministry, Create-A-Camp, Drama Ministry, LifeGroup Member, Communications
Occupation: English Professor, Johnson County Community College

Staff Lead Team

Laura Davis, Executive Director of Finance & Operations

Casey Harold, Worship Pastor

Jeff Humphrey, Executive Pastor of Ministries


Clay Withers, Lead Pastor of Adult Ministries