The Transition Team Report provides an overview of the work of the Trinity Transition Team. The report includes a synopsis of the extensive feedback the team received from our congregation, as well as survey results, all of which inform the lead pastor call process. The report includes the team's recommendations regarding mission, organization, structure, and more.
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH TRANSITION TEAM CHARTER
The purpose of this charter is to create a transition team to assist our congregation to review mission, ministry, and structure as we prepare to call a new senior pastor. The team will consist of three work groups of 4 to 5 members each to focus on various aspects of Trinity’s mission and structure. The results of this work will assist the call process and provide information about Trinity to potential candidates in the senior pastor call process, as well as to assist the congregation in making decisions regarding Trinity’s structure and direction. In addition, as part of the transition team process:
TRANSITION TEAM WORK GROUPS
The Mission and Vision Work Group will engage the congregation in reviewing Trinity’s current vision and mission to determine whether changes are needed for the next five to seven years or to make a recommitment to the current mission and vision. The work group will consider:
The Staffing and Leadership Needs Work Group will identify ministry priorities for staffing; the senior/lead pastor’s responsibility, authority, and accountability regarding staffing levels, alignment with ministry, mission, and budget’ staff reporting responsibilities, along with council and congregational roles for oversight; staffing levels needed to fulfill Trinity’s mission and vision; and whether staff position descriptions accurately describe the responsibility, authority and accountability of each position. The work group will explore how the congregation can better engage, develop and use volunteers in our ministry and mission work. This will involve meeting with staff and congregational committee/board/team leaders to assess current and future needs of staff interaction and staff/volunteer leadership development, as well as reviewing the staffing of comparable congregations. The work group also will review how the roles of lead pastors and senior pastors differ and make a recommendation regarding which role is most appropriate for Trinity.
The Organizational Structure Work Group will assess existing reporting and accountability structures, review the results of the HolyCow! Congregational Assessment Tool and identify additional follow-up to be done in response to those results, and review whether the existing committee and board structure of governance meets Trinity’s needs. The work group will research council size and structure used by congregations comparable to Trinity, and make recommendations about changes that will support the needs of the congregation and a new senior pastor.