Staff Transitions

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a future and a hope . . . You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
—Jeremiah 29:11, 13

The LifeSpring elders are pleased to announce our recommendation of Shawn McMullen as candidate for Senior Minister for LifeSpring Christian Church. Below is a brochure introducing Shawn. The senior minister search team recommended Shawn to the elders after an extensive search and interviews with many eligible candidates. The elders and site ministers then had multiple discussions with Shawn, and after prayerful consideration are unanimously recommending Shawn to you. 

Please take time to read the brochure as an introduction to Shawn and his wife, Ree. Then please make every effort to be present for the times at your site in September when Shawn will be preaching and attending a reception lunch or breakfast. 

Harrison on September 15: potluck lunch following 2nd service

Clovernook on September 22: potluck lunch following 2nd service

Westside September 29: breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Meet the Candidate

Senior Minister Job Description

Senior Minister Job Description

I. Leading LifeSpring

A.  Work with elders to define vision for the church locally and globally
1. Encourage site ministers to develop site-specific vision for their locations, under the broader LifeSpring vision
2. Communicate LifeSpring vision through all channels.
B.  Guide a strategic planning process
C.  Champion LifeSpring’s commitment to spiritual growth and discipleship
1. Facilitate a culture of lifelong spiritual growth
2. Model what a disciple of Christ should look like
3. Coach and instruct others to grow as disciples of Christ
D.  Through the site ministers, lead in fulfilling the LifeSpring vision and mission at all locations
1. Create and sustain a healthy ministry culture for staff and volunteers at all locations
2. Maintain a strong synergy of sites where each site benefits from, and contributes to, the whole church
E.  Coordinate overall church programs
1. Work with elder chairman to define and implement policy
2. Be the primary connecting point between elders and staff
3. Work with finance team, OPS team, and program staff to allocate resources to accomplish the mission
4. Work with elders to assure all staff receive fair compensation and benefits commensurate with their contributions to LCC
F.   Empower new ministries in and through the church
G.  Develop financial giving
H.  Encourage elders in their ministries and minister to them
I.   Serve as the primary point person in connecting the church with other churches, para-church groups, and community organizations, both domestic and international
 

II. Preaching

A. Define and implement an effective preaching ministry through all LifeSpring worship services. It should be sustainable over time and have the potential to expand to additional services and sites.
B. Lead and develop the preaching team in planning and presenting messages

III. Pastoring—assist with pastoral ministries as needed

A. Evangelism
B. Encouragement
C. Counseling
D. Weddings/funerals

Personal Qualities

alive relationship with Christ
in-depth knowledge and love of Scripture
contagious enthusiasm about Christ
love for the lost
passion for life transformation
healthy family relationships
emotionally stable
connects well with different ages/races/ socioeconomic groups
cooperative attitude, team player
creative thinker
good listener
perseverance
reasonably organized

Leadership Skills

visionary leader
strong communicator
develop the leadership abilities of others
change agent
team builder
bridge builder
entrepreneurial leader
lead diverse, multi-faceted ministry
communicate well with different ages/races/socioeconomic groups
strategic thinker

Spiritual Gifts

leadership
preaching
faith/vision

By-Laws

The LifeSpring Christian Church By-Laws are provided here for your review. Article III A is particularly pertinent to the calling of the senior minister.

BY-LAWS OF THE CLOVERNOOK CHRISTIAN CHURCH

ARTICLE I—PURPOSE, CREED (The content of Article I and Article II A. carries over from previous by-laws and cannot be amended.)

A. The purpose of this congregation shall be to provide facilities to its members and others for the public worship of God; to carry out the commands of Christ as contained in the New Testament; to preach the simple and entire Gospel of pardon; to teach Christian life and duty. The Bible shall be the only and final authority in all matters pertaining to the purposes of this congregation as herein set out.

B. The creed of this congregation according to the New Testament shall be the belief in the deity and authority of Jesus Christ as the personal Savior of mankind, as revealed in the Bible.

C. The worship and practices of this congregation shall conform to the ideal of the church of Christ as portrayed in the New Testament.

ARTICLE II—MEMBERSHIP

A. Becoming a member. The terms of admission to this congregation shall be identical with the Gospel terms of pardon; i.e., Faith, Repentance, Confession of Christ and Baptism by immersion. No one shall be admitted to membership who has not obeyed the Lord Jesus Christ in scriptural baptism. Immersed believers in Christ from other congregations shall be welcomed as Christians only into the local congregation upon presentation of letter of introduction, or by personal statement.

B. Removal from membership.  Elders may after due Biblical process remove by 2/3 majority vote the name of anyone from membership for persistent un-Christian conduct or non-participation, provided that no name shall be removed from the church roll within 30 days prior to any congregational vote.

ARTICLE III—CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS AND VOTES

A. Congregational rights. The congregation retains the right to vote on the following issues:

1. selection of elders

2. calling of a senior minister

3. purchase or sale of real estate

4. borrowing money

5. change of the by-laws

Other decisions are delegated to the elders by the congregation.

B. Eligibility to vote. Members 16 years of age and older are eligible to participate in congregational votes. No member shall be entitled to vote who became a member of the congregation within 30 days prior to the vote being taken.

C. Quorum and majority.  A quorum shall consist of members eligible to vote, present in person for the vote. A simple majority vote is required, except as noted in Articles IV C. and D.

D. Presider. The chairman of the elders shall preside at congregational meetings, or in his absence, the vice-chairman or  secretary of the elders or a designee of the chairman, in that order.

E. Special meetings. Congregational meetings may be initiated by the elders or by the congregation. When presented with a letter signed by 50 members of voting age, the elders are required to call a congregational meeting within 30 days to discuss issues presented in the letter. Written notification of a congregational meeting and its agenda shall be sent to all active members at least seven days in advance of the meeting.

ARTICLE IV—LEADERSHIP

A. Eldership. All decisions not specifically retained by the congregation in Article III A. shall be under the oversight of the elders. Elders shall establish and maintain policies regarding selection and employment of personnel, election process, leader recruitment, finances, and other areas as needed. Elders may delegate responsibility for areas of ministry, but they retain responsibility for all work carried out under their oversight.

B. Qualifications. Elders shall be those men from the congregation who meet the Scriptural qualifications, possess appropriate leadership gifts, have the willingness to serve, and are elected by the congregation.

C. Selection. Election of elders will take place each year as follows:

1.  The congregation will be invited to propose new names for the office of elder.

2. A nominating committee made up of a minimum of one and a maximum of three elders, and a minimum of 10 members of the congregation chosen by different Bible School classes and other Bible fellowships on a rotating basis, will screen names of those suggested by the congregation and forward nominees to the elders.

3. The elders will forward to the congregation the names of those who have been affirmed by the elders and who have agreed to serve.

4. Balloting will be held each April, with a 2/3 majority of those present and voting required for election. All elders shall be subject to re-election on an annual basis. Election results are effective immediately.

D. Removal. Elders who are deemed guilty of un-Christian conduct or failure to fulfill their leadership responsibilities after due Biblical process may be removed from office by 2/3 majority vote of the elders or by 2/3 of those present and voting in a congregational meeting called according to the provisions of Article III E.

E. Delegation. The elders are responsible for the calling and oversight of paid ministry staff and other personnel, with the provision that the congregation must approve the calling of a senior minister. The elders may appoint all other ministry leaders, teachers, and other workers  needed for the work of the congregation. All are responsible to the elders for their areas of ministry. The elders may dismiss any paid or unpaid ministry leader for un-Christian character or failure to adequately perform their duties.

F. Communication.  Three or more times per year, the elders will convene meetings for the purpose of sharing information with the congregation.

ARTICLE V—AMENDMENTS

The by-laws, except for Article I and Article II A., may be amended by the congregation at any congregational meeting, provided however, that the proposed amendment must first be presented and discussed at a previous meeting and held over not less than 30 days, or more than 60 days, before any decisive action can be taken.

ARTICLE VI—DISSOLUTION

Should this church cease to function and the membership vote to disband, any assets of the church will be transferred to other Christian churches or Christian organizations to be determined by vote of the congregation. This transfer will be made in full compliance with all applicable laws under section 501 of the US Internal Revenue Code.

The LifeSpring elders are pleased to announce our recommendation of Shawn McMullen as candidate for Senior Minister for LifeSpring Christian Church.  Below is a brochure introducing Shawn. The senior minister search team recommended Shawn to the elders after an extensive search and interviews with many eligible candidates.  The elders and site ministers then had multiple discussions with Shawn, and after prayerful consideration are unanimously recommending Shawn to you.

Please take time to read the brochure as an introduction to Shawn and his wife, Ree.  Then please make every effort to be present for the times at your site in September when Shawn will be preaching and attending a reception lunch or breakfast.

Harrison on September 15:  potluck lunch following 2nd service
Clovernook on September 22:  potluck lunch following 2nd service
Westside September 29:  breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

According to the by-laws of LifeSpring Christian Church, the calling of a senior minister is done by congregational vote.   Voting will take place in each worship service on September 29th.  All members of LifeSpring Christian Church who are at least 16 years of age, and formally placed membership with LifeSpring before August 31, 2013 are eligible to vote.

QUESTIONS? If you have questions about the candidate, or about the selection process, please contact Jane Young at janecasteelyoung@yahoo.comor (513) 716-7516.