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.