We've got some updates.
Here's the latest info about the Lead Pastor transition.
July 2022 Update
We are currently interviewing Lead Teaching Pastor candidates as more resumes continue to come in. We greatly appreciate your prayers during this phase of the process. Save the date for Sunday, August 28 so that you can be a part of our Annual Meeting.
May 2022 Update
We have started receiving resumes and interest from candidates and the Slingshot Group is planning on presenting them to the Board of Servant Leaders in June. Check out the video below to hear more from Chris Ko.
Recap from April 7th Update
On Thursday, April 7th we had an update meeting with the Board, staff, and Todd Clark from Slingshot Group in attendance. At the meeting, the Board announced that we are transitioning to a shared leadership model. This model (aka the Mesa Leadership Model), has a multiple Lead Pastors who are positioned according to their gifting as opposed to one Lead Pastor who is responsible for teaching, leadership, and operations.
With the adoption of the Mesa Leadership Model (embedded below), our search has changed and we are now looking for candidates for the job of Lead Teaching Pastor. This position will be responsible for Sunday morning teaching and content development at MISSION and will work alongside the Lead Executive Pastor.
In addition, we also announced that effective immediately, Kevin Rhineheimer will be the Lead Executive Pastor. On Thursday night and Sunday morning, Kevin's new permanent role was announced to the church and he was commissioned by the Board.
We will have the video from Thursday's meeting available on thus page soon.
As always, we are committed to leading with transparency and that is why this page exists. We will continue to update this page with details about potential candidates, important events, and what you can expect on Sundays. If you have any questions, check out the FAQs or email [email protected]
Where do we go from here?
Submit to God's authority
Identify key characteristics
Utilize our network and others
Vet and interview candidates
Invite final candidates to the final process
Select the next Lead Pastor
How can I help in this process?
Your prayers are needed during this time for wisdom for the board and staff. Right now is also a great time to lean into community and serving if you haven’t already.
So we changed the 'model'. Can you explain it to me like I'm 5?
Sure! Our staff and church used to be led by one 'big boss' (the Lead Pastor). With this change, our staff and church will be led by 'two bosses' who have different abilities and callings so they will have different jobs. The position we are hiring for is the Lead Teaching Pastor who's primarily responsibility will be teaching and leading the content development at MISSION.
Does this change the vision of the church?
The vision and mission of our church remain the same: to be a community of people being transformed by Jesus who generously love our neighbors and the next generation.
Who's in charge now?
The Board of Servant Leaders has offered the job of Lead Executive Pastor to current Executive Pastor Kevin Rhineheimer and he has accepted. The Board is in charge of leading the church through the search for a new Lead Teaching Pastor and Kevin will continue to lead the staff and operations.
I know someone who would be a great fit. How do I refer them?
That's great news! They can check out all the info about the position and apply by clicking here.
How long will this process take?
We want to make sure we are following God's lead in this process to find the right person. While we don't have an exact timeline yet, we will update you regularly on this page and elsewhere as the timeline becomes more clear.
Who makes the final decision on who we hire?
The church body, volunteers, and staff are all vital parts of this process but the final decision on which candidate to hire will be made by the Board of Servant Leaders.
I've still got some questions.
You can email the Board of Servant Leaders directly at [email protected]
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