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The Brick Church Transition Team (from l to r): David Barrett, Susan Austin, Peter Manning, Susan Appleby, Bill Ryckman, Darin White Edydenberg, and Elizabeth Philipp

Ministerial Transition and Search

On May 17, 2017, our Senior Minister, the Reverend Michael L. Lindvall, announced to Session that he plans to retire in November 2017. In turn, on June 25, 2017, our congregation voted to make a recommendation to the Presbytery to dissolve its ministerial relationship with Reverend Lindvall. The Presbytery approved this recommendation at its meeting in July thereby making way for us to begin the process of identifying and hiring a Transitional Minister until such time that a new, permanent Senior Minister can be called.  Importantly, it should be noted that Reverend Lindvall’s retirement does not impact or alter the roles of our Senior Associate Minister, the Reverend Douglas T. King, or our Associate Ministers, the Reverend Adam L. Gorman and the Reverend Rebekah McLeod Hutto. Each was called individually by our congregation and their relationships are separate and distinct from Reverend Lindvall’s and from each other’s.

Transitional Minister and Transition Team

When Reverend Lindvall announced his intent to retire to Session, he initiated a formal process that is clearly outlined in our Book of Order. Once Reverend Lindvall’s plans were communicated broadly, the Personnel Committee appointed a Transition Team to hire a Transitional Minister as soon as possible following Reverend Lindvall’s retirement. The Transition Team is comprised of Susan Appleby (Chair), Susan Austin, David Barrett, Darin White Eydenberg, Peter Manning, Elizabeth Philipp, and Bill Ryckman; and is supported by Reverend King and Presbytery representative Sharon Davison. The Transition Team creates and circulates an information package for potential Transitional Minister candidates, evaluates the respondents, and ultimately submits a recommendation to Session for its final approval. To create a comprehensive and reflective information package, the Transition Team collects feedback from the congregation relating to our key values and priorities for Brick Church. Given the interim nature of the Transitional Minister, the Transition Team focuses primarily on the short-term needs of the church while respecting The Brick Church’s key values and priorities. Members of the congregation should feel comfortable reaching out to anyone on the Transition Team to provide input or feedback at any time.  

Calling a Permanent Senior Minister

The process to call a permanent Senior Minister is only able to begin once the outgoing Senior Minister has left (in this case, after November 2017). This process will be run by a separate Minister Nominating Committee (PNC) consisting of church members selected by the All Church Nominating Committee (ACNC) and approved by our congregation. The preparation for this process, guided by the PNC, is much more extensive than the process the Transition Team embarks on and involves considerable self-reflection of the congregation as we decipher the call for Reverend Lindvall’s permanent replacement. Once in place, the Transitional Minister serves as our Senior Minister during this time. Following Reverend Lindvall’s departure, Reverend King temporarily assumes the duties of the Senior Minister until the Transitional Minister is in place.
 
The Transition Team also has the bittersweet responsibility of organizing a celebration of Reverend Lindvall in recognition of his service and the blessing he and his wife Terri have been to our congregation for the past 15 years. We will miss them tremendously and wish them well on their future endeavors.

Important Summary Information and Dates

  • The Transition Team is comprised of Susan Appleby (Chair), Susan Austin, David Barrett, Darin White Eydenberg, Peter Manning, Elizabeth Philipp, and Bill Ryckman; and is supported by Reverend King and Presbytery representative Sharon Davison.
  • Applicant interest, recommendations and questions or thoughts to share on our process can be directed to any member of the Transition Team or email the team here.
  • Following its approval by Session, our Ministry Information Form (MIF) was submitted to and approved by the New York Presbytery Committee on Ministry (COM).  Please see our MIF (#05618.AF) below.
  • With this approval, we are now advertising our search for a Transitional Minister in several Presbyterian periodicals and on the PCUSA website as well as continue to collect recommendations (please see below).
  • As noted previously, we expect to have a Transitional Minister in place early in 2018. During the time period between Nov. 19, 2017 and the start of our Transitional Minister, our team of installed ministers will be led by Reverend Douglas King.
  • Upon Reverend Lindvall's departure, the All Church Nominating Committee (ACNC) will begin the process of nominating a Minister Nominating Committee (PNC) charged with both performing a Mission Review and nominating a long-term replacement for Reverend Lindvall. The congregation will vote on the members of the PNC and on the PNC's ultimate recommendation for our new Minister. The Transitional Minister's term will last until the new Minister is installed.
  •  Reverend Lindvall's last Sunday as our Senior Minister will be Nov. 19, 2017.
  •  A farewell celebration honoring Terri and Michael Lindvall will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Watson Hall. 

Minister Information Form (MIF)

MIF #05618.AFO
 

September 2017 Record Article

Ministerial Transition Search Begins at the Brick Church
 
On May 17, 2017, our Senior Minister, the Reverend Michael L. Lindvall, announced to Session that he plans to retire in November 2017. In turn, on June 25, 2017, our congregation voted to make a recommendation to the Presbytery to dissolve its ministerial relationship with Reverend Lindvall. The Presbytery approved this recommendation at its meeting in July thereby making way for us to begin the process of identifying and hiring a Transitional Minister until such time that a new, permanent Senior Minister can be called. This article seeks to clarify the process of the selection of a Transitional Minister as well as the process for calling a permanent replacement for Reverend Lindvall. Importantly, it should be noted that Reverend Lindvall’s retirement does not impact or alter the roles of our Senior Associate Minister, the Reverend Douglas T. King, or our Associate Ministers, the Reverend Adam L. Gorman and the Reverend Rebekah McLeod Hutto. Each was called individually by our congregation and their relationships are separate and distinct from Reverend Lindvall’s and from each other’s.

When Reverend Lindvall announced his intent to retire to Session, he initiated a formal process that is clearly outlined in our Book of Order. Once Reverend Lindvall’s plans were communicated broadly, the Personnel Committee appointed a Transition Team to hire a Transitional Minister as soon as possible following Reverend Lindvall’s retirement. The Transition Team is comprised of Susan Appleby (Chair), Susan Austin, David Barrett, Darin White Eydenberg, Peter Manning, Elizabeth Philipp,and Bill Ryckman; and is supported by Reverend King and Presbytery representative Sharon Davison. The Transition Team will create and circulate an information package for potential Transitional Minister candidates, evaluate the respondents, and ultimately submit a recommendation to Session for its final approval. To create a comprehensive and reflective information package, the Transition Team will collect feedback from the congregation relating to our key values and priorities for Brick Church. Given the interim nature of the Transitional Minister, the Transition Team will focus primarily on the short-term needs of the church while respecting The Brick Church’s key values and priorities. Members of the congregation should feel comfortable reaching out to anyone on the Transition Team to provide input or feedback.

The process to call a permanent Senior Minister is only able to begin once the outgoing Senior Minister has left (in this case, after November 2017). This process will be run by a separate Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) consisting of church members selected by the All Church Nominating Committee (ACNC) and approved by our congregation. The preparation for this process, guided by the PNC, is much more extensive than the process the Transition Team has embarked on and will involve considerable self-reflection of the congregation as we decipher the call for Reverend Lindvall’s permanent replacement. As such, the PNC’s process may take as long as three years. Once in place, the Transitional Minister will serve as our Senior Minister during this time. Following Reverend Lindvall’s departure, Reverend King will temporarily assume the duties of the Senior Minister until the Transitional Minister is in place.

The Transition Team also has the bittersweet responsibility of organizing a celebration of Reverend Lindvall in recognition of his service and the blessing he and his wife Terri have been to our congregation for the past 15 years. We will miss them tremendously and wish them well on their future endeavors.

If you have any questions or thoughts to share on our process or other considerations that are relevant for our search for a Transitional Minister, please contact any member of the Transition Team or email the team here.

 


November 2017 Record Article

Ministerial Transition Team Update

The Brick Church’s Pastoral Transition Team would like to provide you with a brief update on their ministerial transition process:

  • Following its approval by Session, our Ministry Information Form (MIF) was submitted to the New York Presbytery Committee on Ministry (COM). We are pleased to report that the COM approved our MIF at their Oct. 3 meeting.
  • With this approval, are now advertising our search for a Transitional Minister in several Presbyterian periodicals and on the PCUSA website as well as continue to collect your recommendations. We will begin interviewing candidates in the coming weeks.
  • As noted previously, we expect to have a Transitional Minister in place early in 2018. During the time period between Nov. 19 and the start of our Transitional Minister, our team of installed ministers will be led by Reverend Douglas King.
  • Upon Reverend Lindvall's departure, the All Church Nominating Committee (ACNC) will begin the process of nominating a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) charged with both performing a Mission Review and nominating a long-term replacement for Reverend Lindvall.  The congregation will vote on the members of the PNC and on the PNC's ultimate recommendation for our new Pastor. The Transitional Minister's term will last until the new Pastor is installed, which may be up to three years.
  • Reverend Lindvall's last Sunday as our Senior Minister will be Nov. 19, 2017.

Please join us for a farewell celebration honoring Terri and Michael Lindvall on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Watson Hall. Should you have any thoughts or questions, please feel free to contact the Transition Team here


Links to Presbyterian Outlook and Christian Century Postings

Presbyterian Outlook Ad for Transitional Minister: www.pres-outlook.org/2017/10/transitional-pastor-head-staff/ 
 
The Christian Century Ad for Transitional Minister: www.christiancentury.org/classifieds

Contact The Transition Team

For more information about the Transitional Pastor position, please click here. 

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