Gerry Teichrob gave us a summary of the recently hosted Listening Events and provides us an opportunity to understand where we are at in the pastoral transition process. You can view his summary notes by clicking here or watching the video.
A major part of our Transitional process is the launch of the SAC Church Health Assessment. This is a key step in preparing to search for a new Lead Pastor. Your input in this process is welcomed, we invite you to participate. This confidential assessment is available below. If you prefer to complete a paper copy, they are available at the church on Sundays or from the church office.
Gerry has served in pastoral ministry in Saskatoon, Kelowna, and Edmonton (1977-2002) with The Alliance Canada. Since 2005 he has served as the founder and director of Pathways Forward, a ministry dedicated to helping churches thrive through a pastoral transition. Gerry has worked with numerous churches, helping them move toward greater health and vitality prior to engaging in the pastoral search process. In addition to his transitional work with local churches, Gerry is also a founding partner of Better Church Boards. Gerry served as a coordinator/trainer/coach for the Transitional Pastor's Network of the Canadian Pacific District of The Alliance from 2006-2018. This network supports and equips a team of trained transitional ministry specialists committed to serving local churches through seasons of pastoral change. Gerry and his wife, Ruth, live in Langley, BC, and have two grown children and two grandchildren. Gerry enjoys fly fishing, walking, and playing bass with Quintessential Jazz Band.
Surrey Alliance Church is currently in a season of transition as we go through an intentional process to prepare for a future search for a Lead Pastor. The church has engaged the services of Gerry Teichrob as Transitional Coach to assist in guiding the church through this process. Seasons of transition are primarily a time of spiritual formation and growth to help the church move towards greater health in four main areas - spiritual, relational, organizational, and operational. Transitional leaders come alongside to help the church thrive through the season of transition. View the Introduction to Transition notes to find out more about the key questions and major phases of the intentional transition process.
The role of a Transitional Coach is to provide leadership and oversight for the intentional transition process including:
a) Ongoing guidance and communication for the Board of Elders as related to the transition process. The Transitional Coach is a guest participant with Elders throughout the transitional process.
b) Ongoing encouragement of the congregation that transition is a season of spiritual formation and discernment.
The Transitional Coach is directly accountable to the Elders. The Transitional Coach works in partnership with the Elders to achieve mutually agreed upon transitional objectives.
Specific responsibilities include:
Limitations of the Transitional Coach's Role
A Transitional Coach is never a candidate for the Lead Pastor position. The Transitional Coach will not: