The Leadership Team Update

Hello ECCers

We wanted to send you a quick note to introduce the relatively newly formed “Leadership Team” at ECC, provide a quick update on what we’re working on right now and give you a few key contact details for you to get in touch with us at any point. For those of you who have been with ECC for a while now, some of this may be “old hat” but for others it may be brand new. As always, we do welcome your feedback and questions.

What is the Leadership Team?

Great question, while everyone has a role at ECC, and many volunteer countless hours in other important ways, the Leadership Team is the principal group at ECC for providing spiritual and organizational direction and leadership to the Church as a whole.

What makes up the Leadership Team?

The team is composed of Elders & Pastoral Staff. Practically, the team operates as one group and seeks consensus on the agenda items and overall direction for the Church. We care for the spiritual, ministerial, organizational and practical needs of the church in the unique ways we're called to do so. The material difference between Elders and Pastoral Staff on the Leadership team is that the Elders are a strictly volunteer governing body, on renewable 3 year terms affirmed by the community after nomination. They fulfil the core ‘governance’ functions as well as act as the directors of the society. They oversee Sr. employees and are given the “final responsibility” for the decisions made at the church. As a whole team we do our best to fulfill the biblical and practical expressions of providing leadership to ECC in the way we feel the Lord calling us to at this time.

Who is on the Leadership Team?

Ken Pierce (Pastor), Andreas Russell (Associate Pastor), Marnie Flores (Elder), Steve Day (Elder), Lesley Richardson (Elder) and Jeff Golby (Elder, Chair).

When do you meet and what do you talk about?

We meet on the first and third Wednesday of every month.  Generally the first quarter of the meeting is spent on prayer for the needs of the community (please either talk to or email us to be on this list), the 2nd quarter is spent tackling administrative needs. The 3rd quarter is spent on Ministry updates and matters needing attention: hearing from staff and leaders in a given ministry. The final quarter is spent on bigger picture, strategic items for the Church. This ebbs and flows for any given meeting.  

What is the Leadership Team working on right now?

As it relates to the “Strategic Focus” for ECC, we’re working our way through the KRAs that were assigned to us during the transitional process. To read more about this process, click HERE. A very quick overview of what has been done so far and what we’re working on next can be found by going HERE.

The main KRA that we are working on right at the moment has to do with the Mission / Vision of ECC (KRA 9).  We have a few exciting updates for you on this, and Ken will be sharing more in just a few weeks. Stay tuned.

How do I get in touch?

Want to know anything else about the Leadership Team?

  • You can reach the team by emailing: leadership@myecc.ca

  • You can reach Ken by calling the office (604-270-4685), his cell (778-865-3262) or emailing ken@myecc.ca

  • You can reach Andreas by calling his cell (6047209050) or emailing andreas@myecc.ca

Thanks so much for reading this novel. For some, this stuff can be boring and for others they get fired up by it. Wherever you’re at on this spectrum, I appreciate you taking the time to read this and look forward to continuing to work alongside you as we partner with Jesus to serve here at ECC and beyond.

Cheers,

Jeff Golby

 

A quick update on the "transition process" so far!

Right now we’re working our way through the KRAs that were assigned to us during the transitional process. To read more about this process, click HERE.

  • KRA #1: Ministry Philosophy of Leadership

    • Done, take a look at a handy document HERE.

  • KRA #2: Values Reflection about “Community”

    • Done, take a look at the handy document HERE.

  • KRA #6: Pastoral/Staff Elder Leadership Role

    • Done - see the Pastoral Profile

  • KRA #4: Elder – Congregation Relationship

    • More work to be done here. We are currently working on the Pastor / Elder relationship and then from there will walk through the Leadership Team / Congregation side of it shortly (fall 2018).

  • KRA #5: Governance

    • In process with BC Societies Act

  • KRA #7: ECC as Employer

    • Done! Our snazzy new Employee Handbook is available upon request.

  • KRA #8: Orientation for Newcomers

    • Working on it for the Fall - stay tuned for an update from Ken

  • Post Search KRAs - KRA #3 Mission, Vision and Location

    • Working on it now! See the next update!

Welcoming a new Pastor

Dear ECC Community,

It’s with much gratitude and excitement that we are announcing that the Elders have extended an offer to Ken Pierce to come serve with us as our Pastor, and he has enthusiastically accepted this call. Thank you to the many who spoke into this process and supported it with prayer. Ken will begin working at ECC at the start of May and we continue to value your prayers for him and Aisyah as they say farewell to their current church community, and for us as we prepare to welcome them in. Looking forward to the journey ahead. 

With thanks,

The Elders at ECC

ECC is looking for a Pastor!

ECC has been going through a season of intentional transitional ministry and now is extremely pleased to be able to welcome a Lead Pastor to come alongside our Elders and lead with us as we seek to continue to live out the Lords calling for our community church in Steveston. 

The full job profile can be found at: pastorsearch.ca or the PDF available for download HERE.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in the role. Questions and applications can be sent to: search@myecc.ca

Two Key Documents

We are pleased to present to you two key documents for your final review. Thank You to the many who have provided feedback to help get them to this place. We have worked hard to discern, include and clarify the ideas around these components of ECC’s values and hope you find the documents useful.

We consider these documents to be about 95% complete for the purposes of helping us get to the place of searching and ultimately hiring a new pastor. The goals with these documents are

  1. To gain alignment at a high level of the Pastor / Elder relationship

  2. To build clarity around the value of the “Priesthood of All Believers.”

Ultimately, these docs will help give any prospective candidate a sense of what type of community we are and what type of staff member we are looking for.  

Please note, a separate (and important) future task is to use these documents to help inspire and form an updated Profile, visitors documents and other components that articulate “who we are.” Those will come at a later date.

After you have read these, if you believe there are parts that are still unclear please email the elders (elders@myecc.ca) with your comments by June 27th. 

In broad strokes, the next steps in this process look as follows:

  1. Further clarify anything from these documents if needed

  2. Gather feedback from the survey (launched last week) to inform the job description

  3. Propose a draft Job Description for community feedback

  4. Nominate a search team with “mandate” (role of search team) for community consideration

  5. Search Team orientation

  6. Launch the search 

Following the launch we would like to facilitate as soon as possible conversations around KRA 2 (community / family dynamic). This will be added in to aid the search committee.

Please see attached for the two documents and again, thank you for your active participation in this process.

COMMUNITY LIFE AT ECC

MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY OF LEADERSHIP