Next Steps in the Transition Process.

Thank you to all who came out on Tuesday to a great discussion on the KRA’s for ECC during this transition time.

The Elders are intending to take the majority of May 7th as a ‘working retreat’ to create a roadmap or action plan, and begin the process of working through these topics. We will update you after that with the next steps for community participation in working through these areas.

We are grateful for your continued prayers, insight and participation in this process.

KRAs for ECC

A Proposed Plan to Address Key Result Areas(KRAs)

The Elders, in consultation with our Transitional Coach, have discussed which KRAs should be addressed prior to the search proceeds, during the search process, and with a new Pastor or Staff Elder.  The following is the proposed plan:   

Pre-Search KRAs

KRA #1: Ministry Philosophy of Leadership - Reflection and discernment about ECC’s long term pattern of “organic ministry” as the primary operating value. 

  • Define with greater clarity “what priesthood of all believers” means in the ECC context 
  • Understand that a commitment to the core value of “priesthood of all believers” requires a biblically mandated and agreed upon leadership model that balances direction with freedom 
  • Clarify what can function in an organic style and what must function from an organizational style/structure

KRA #2: Values Reflection about “Community” - Deeply reflect as a congregation: 
Is God calling us to shift from a core value of “community/family” as our prime objective to a core value of “community/family” as a means to fulfill our agreed upon God-given mission and vision?

KRA #6: Pastoral/Staff Elder Leadership Role - Based on the results of KRA #1 - determine the appropriate leadership role - Staff Elder OR Pastor.  

  • Define with clarity each of these two roles(see appendix 1 for a proposal) 
  • Affirm that whichever role is chosen, it will require a leader with a proven track record and commitment to a highly collaborative leadership style
  • Once established, document what the limits are to the pastor/staff elder’s leadership and authority
  • Greater clarity if the term “first among equals” is used

During Search KRAs
 

KRA #4: Elder – Congregation Relationship -  Clarify the Elder-Congregation relationship. 

  • A clearer understanding and definition of “congregational membership” (Gerry’s term for this presentation) currently described as “those who make a commitment to ECC” 
  • A clearer understanding of the responsibilities and privileges of “congregational members”
  • Develop a “congregational membership” covenant and re-affirm it annually 
  • Clearly outline and communicate what items the Elders must bring to the “congregational membership” for
    close consultation with the congregation 
  • Ensure that “communication to the congregation” is a standing item for each Elders meeting agenda 

KRA #5: Governance - Review and revise the current governance directives as presented in the ECC Profile.

  • Clarify the role of the Elders as a governing body 
  • Clarify the role of the individual Elder as a member of the governing body of Elders as well as shepherds that provides care for the congregation(can one person do both well?)
  • Review all bylaws to ensure they comply with the new Societies Act of British Columbia (IN PROCESS!)  

KRA #7: ECC as Employer - Develop clear documentation about what can and cannot be shared with the “congregational membership” about human resources matters.

  • Based on the Employment Standards Act, the Privacy Act and other employment law
     Define who the “employer” is in the ECC context
     Ensure these policies are known and understood 
  • Ensure excellence in Human Resources practices for all employees

KRA #8: Orientation for Newcomers - Implement a systematic process for explaining ECC’s mission, vision, core values, and governance model for
newcomers and as a refresher for congregants. 

  • Develop a shorter summary of the Profile document for ease of use in the orientation process
    Schedule two orientation events per year 
  • Appoint a team of people who are equipped and responsible to lead these events 

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

Clearly answer the question as to why ECC gathers, worships and maintains its identity and property in the Steveston area.  Are there specific, unique good works that God has planned in advance and is calling ECC as an entity to do?

  - based on the church’s location
  - based on 70% of the congregation living in the Steveston area 

Assessment Response Roundtable

Assessment Response Roundtable - Tuesday April 18th at 7 pm

This meeting is open to everyone who calls ECC their church home.  It is a follow up meeting to the Transitional Assessment presentation.  At this meeting we will:

  • Share the results of the postcard responses to the Assessment 
  • Invite your questions and input into the assessment results – especially the Key Result Areas
  • Present a proposed plan to address the Key Result Areas 
  • Seek affirmation and consensus to proceed addressing the KRAs (see item 2)
  • Dialogue to seek greater clarity about the term “priesthood of all believers” in the ECC context
  • Pray together

We welcome your participation and input at this important gathering.  Please prepare ahead of time by reading through the KRAs HERE or if you wish review the entire Assessment please see the previous post.

Transitional Assessment Update!

On Sunday April 2nd Gerry presented the results of the Transitional Assessment to the congregation at ECC after the morning worship gathering.  It was a major download of information that the congregation provided about ECC. Thank you for the 65 or so who attended this Sunday - incredible to see so many people there. 61 response postcards were handed in with an overall consensus that the report was helpful and informative.  

A significant part of the presentation was the 8 Key Result Areas to address as the church moves forward.  The Elders will be meeting this week to discuss next steps in the process and will be communicating to the congregation about this very shortly.

If you were unable to attend, or if you wish to review the material again the presentation powerpoint is available online HERE.  The audio from the morning is available HERE. The ECC history document can be found HERE for download.

Again, thank you to the many who have been praying and participating so actively in this process. 

Transitional Assessment Presentation -

Transitional Assessment Presentation - Sunday April 2, 2017, 11:30am

This presentation will be a comprehensive report after the Sunday morning worship gathering on Sunday April 2nd. All are welcome.  There will be short Toonie lunch as well as childcare provided.  The presentation will include the following:

  • A first draft history document addressing the question "Who Were We?'
  • Results of the Transitional Assessment and other research that answers the questions "Who Are We Now?" and "What is Important to Us?"
  • Data about the demographics of ECC as well as the surrounding community
  • Strengths to Celebrate
  • Growth areas to address
  • Proposed Next Steps
  • Prayer time and Opportunity for Q & A

Please mark your calendar for this important event, and please uphold this entire process in prayer.  

The ECC Health Assessment

The next phase in the transitional process is the launching of the "ECC Health Assessment"

Everyone is invited to participate, and we can't emphasize how much we appreciate you taking the time to do this. You can complete an assessment online HERE

If you prefer to complete an assessment on paper, copies are available in the lobby or from the church office.  The assessment takes 10 - 15 minutes to complete. 

The results of this assessment will be presented to the congregation on Sunday March 26th (please mark this date in your calendar)  

The deadline to complete this assessment is Tuesday February 28th.  Your views and voice matter in this process!  

The History Wall!

ECC History Wall Event - Sunday February 12th at 6:30 pm at ECC

Writer L. Thomas Holdcroft wisely reminds us that "the past can be an excellent guidepost, but a dangerous hitching post."  As part of the Transitional process we want to harvest wisdom from the past story of ECC in an effort to clearly answer the question "Who Were We?"  Once we get an answer to this question we can start working on the question "Who Are We Now?"

One of the happy ways to harvest "guidepost wisdom" from the past is through a History Wall Event.  What happens at a History Wall Event?  There are plenty of post it notes, round table chats, deserts, and usually few good laughs too!

This event is open to everyone, but it is vital that those who are long term attenders participate as they have a longer story to draw from.  Please call the church office to sign up so we know how many great deserts to have ready. CHILDCARE IS PROVIDED.  Need more info? Contact Gerry at pathwaysforward@shaw.ca