We have already received many questions about the season of transition. We will try to answer the most frequently asked questions here, adding more as we receive them. If you have a question that hasn't been answered, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor Brandon is not leaving Connection Point for any negative reason. As he has candidly shared many times, he is not leaving because he is discouraged. He is actually encouraged about what God has done and is doing at Connection Point. He is not leaving due to a scandal in his own life or any scandal or drama happening "behind the scenes" at Connection Point. No one has ever asked him to leave, and this has nothing to do with church politics. He is simply stepping out in faith and obedience, following through on God's call and plan for the next season of his life. Pastor Brandon loves the people that make up the Connection Point family, and he can't wait to be able to come back and visit!
In any church, change is inevitable. It's how we stay healthy and most effective for the Kingdom. While small shifts may take place over the next few months, there are no plans to close the Lee's Summit Campus. The Lee's Summit Campus is an important part of the Connection Point Church family. God has already done so much in and through the Lee's Summit Campus, and we are excited to see what He will do in the days ahead.
As you know, Lee's Summit Campus Pastor Chad Melton and his family followed God's call back to Texas earlier this year. Since that time, a Lee's Summit Campus Transition Team has been meeting to help provide leadership during the season leading up to bringing in a new Campus Pastor. Our Lee's Summit Campus members have stepped up to serve as leaders. And our staff has been taking intentional steps to make sure this is a smooth season for the Lee's Summit Campus. With so many people stepping up to the plate, the Lee's Summit Campus will only grow healthier during this season.
The Transition Team is currently arranging for interim preachers. This may involve a longer-term interim preacher, a series of interim preachers who serve for several weeks at a time, and/or current staff members for individual sermons. As the preaching schedule develops, it will be posted online.
Though we will have interim speakers, we will not have an interim pastor for day-to-day leadership of the church. As outlined by the Connection Point Constitution and Bylaws, the Lead Team will make sure that the church continues to pursue its mission even as it pursues a new Lead Pastor.
The Lead Team includes:
- Jeff Humphrey, Executive Pastor of Ministries
- Laura Davis, Executive Director of Finance & Operations
- Casey Harold, Worship Pastor
- Clay Withers, Lead Pastor of Adult Ministries
We are so blessed that Connection Point already knows and loves Clay Withers, but he was not hired with the intent of him becoming our next Lead Pastor. As announced, Clay was hired to serve as Lead Pastor of Adult Ministries, meaning he will provide leadership to our median and senior adults, as well as serve on our Lead Team. He will begin in that role on June 10.
The Transition Team will receive nominations from the church to form a Lead Pastor Search Team. From there, the Lead Pastor Search Team will evaluate candidates based on the needs and mission of the church. Once they feel they have found God's man for the role, he will be presented to the church for a vote.
We are already praying for God's choice to be our next Lead Pastor, and while we are excited and anxious about who that will be, we want to make sure we follow the appropriate steps to lead us to the right man. You can read about the four stages of the process and corresponding details on our Transition Timeline page.
Visit the Timeline Transition page for up-to-date information about important dates and where we are in the process.
The average tenure of a church staff member in the United States is 3-4 years. Throughout the years, we have been above average. While we have said goodbye to some church staff in less than a year or two, it has been the trend for the majority of our staff to serve for 5, 10, 20, and even 30+ years because our staff culture is a healthy one. Yes, we have had to say goodbye to more staff members than usual in 2019, but we can proudly say that, just like Pastor Brandon, those team members were following God's leading for their next step in ministry. As a church, we are overjoyed at the faith and obedience exhibited by these men and women.
While we have a few open roles on the staff team right now, we are not lacking in leadership. Lay leaders have stepped into leadership to help keep the mission of Connection Point moving forward. Even as we fill the open roles in the months ahead, we look forward to our church members continuing to step up and lead as God takes Connection Point into 2020.