Transition Process Updates

FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Read the newest update from Pastor Allen.


JANUARY 26, 2020

The Transition Team held another roundtable gathering focused on the subjects of church governance and projections for the future of the transition period.  To see the handout from the gathering, click the link below.


DECEMBER 11, 2019

Pastor Allen and the transition team continue to meet and are excited about the upcoming new year and what God has in store for First Bradenton. Here is an update from Pastor Allen:


OCTOBER 20, 2019

OCTOBER 13, 2019

OCTOBER 7, 2019

The Transition Team invites you to a roundtable discussion to hear your thoughts on the questions below. The Team will host the roundtable twice-come to one or both-at 5pm on October 13 and 20 in the Family Life Center gym.

  1. What is the purpose of FBC?  Why does FBC exist?
    “To use marketplace terminology, understanding our purpose is understanding what business we are in.”
  2. What is the mission of FBC?
    “What specific objective is FBC devoted to accomplishing through its purposes?”
  3. Who is FBC’s primary target?
    “The more focused a church is on whom it is trying to reach, the more effective it will be at reaching them.”
  4. What are FBC’s current core values?
    What words define who we are?
  5. What do you dream FBC looks like in three years?
    How do you envision success looking?
  6. How will we accomplish God’s mission for FBC?
    “We must develop a strategy for our day in light of the answers to the first five questions.”

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

Your Transition team continues to work diligently.  On October 13 and October 20, 2019 at 5pm the Transition Team will host a church-wide Vision discussion.  This gathering will facilitate communication, information, and an opportunity to listen to those in attendance share their thoughts about the amazing future that God has for First Bradenton.


Pastor Allen and the transition team have been meeting bi-weekly. Continue to pray for each member of this team. Here is an update from Pastor Allen:


AUGUST 4, 2019

The Transition Team led by Pastor Allen Speer held their first of many meetings to discuss and evaluate the state of our church as a whole. This is an important intentional time of self-examination and reflection. They will be taking a healthy assessment of our organization, ministries, personnel, mission approach, and financial structure.

JULY 28, 2019

The Committee on Committees, working with Transitional Pastor Allen Speer, recommended 7 potential candidates for the Transition Team and submitted them for congregational vote. In a called business session at the conclusion of the worship service the church voted for and accepted the Committee’s nominations. Please pray for each of these members and for the tasks that lay ahead of them.

Steve Rowe
At-Large Member
Member Since 2018

Dianne Evans
Standing Committee
Member Since 1972

John Gregory
Staff Member
Member Since 2010

Sally Frame
At-Large Member
Member Since 2019

Mike Golda
Deacon & Standing Committee
Member Since 2015

Rachel Little
At-Large Member
Member Since 2016

Mark LaRowe
Deacon & Standing Committee
Member Since 1980

JUNE 9, 2019

Allen Speer, former pastor and current Chief Executive Officer of Agape Flights, was asked to be our Transitional Pastor and he happily accepted. As a Transitional Pastor, Allen will lead a Transitional Ministry team that will help focus the church in an intentional time of self-examination and reflection. This will foster a healthy environment in which to pray for and call our future Senior Pastor.

MARCH 12, 2019

A meeting was held with standing committee leaders, deacons, and staff to discuss steps moving forward and the church’s need for an intentional transitional interim pastor. The personnel committee will begin to meet to formulate that search.

MARCH 10, 2019

Senior Pastor announced his resignation to the congregation.

Transition Team FAQ

What is the objective of the Transition Team?

The Transition Team, a customized leadership group for the church coached by the Transition Pastor (TP), helps lead the church in an intentional time of self-examination and reflection. A vital key to a church during transition is a healthy evaluation of its organization, ministries, personnel, mission approach, and financial structure. The Transitional work is not a program; it is a process. The TP “coaches” the Transition Team on the process, but it is the Team that leads out in deciding what issues need to be tackled as they select the Focus Points that need attention.

This process also means that the Transition Team is responsible for knowing when the church is ready to wrap up the self-study and begin the work of finding a new pastor. The church delays the formation of a Pastor Search Team, a separate team from the Transition Team, until the major work of the self-study is completed.

Who from the congregation will be involved in meeting these objectives?

It is recommended during this time that a Transition Focus Team made of elected church members representing a good cross-section of the membership be formed to evaluate the church from top to bottom. Together, the TP and the Transition Team will work to restore hope for the future, integrity within the community, and health to the Body, and will seek to determine a short-term mission until the long-range vision arrives. Significant decisions or directional changes will be recommended by the Team and approved by the Church.

The Transition Team does not take over the church. It does not do the work for the church. Instead, the team’s role is to develop strategies to engage the congregation in each process so that the church body will be impacted by the study and so the church members will feel ownership of decisions made in the transition period.

What does that evaluation entail?

The evaluation is an examination of the body of Christ called First Baptist Church of Bradenton through the lenses of identity (who are we), context (where are we investing), processes (decision making), and programs (activities and ministries). The examinations will determine the best course to position the church to receive the next Senior Pastor. The goal is to become a healthy congregation and to be completely ready to receive the next Senior Pastor.