December 10, 2014

Update on the Plan for Future Leadership of New Life

An essay by Steve Smallman

In October our congregation voted in favor of a plan to bring Mark Moser into leadership of our church in three phases, taking us to a date in 2016 (yet to be determined) when they would vote on whether to call him as lead Pastor (Phase Three).

Phase One is the present year. Mark has been meeting with the Session, pastoral staff and full staff as often as his current work schedule permits. This has included the Session retreat and planning meetings with Steve Smallman and Marc Davis.
In addition to working with the staff, Mark has met with Elder John Timlin of the Personnel committee to discuss his role in 2015 as well as his financial package (which in 2015 will include up to five times away for teaching). Both the job description and package have been approved by the committee and the Session, at its meeting of December 9. The committee is also charged with meeting regularly with Mark for review and encouragement. The Session recognizes that there are many matters to be considered once 2016 is in view but has chosen to focus at this point on the coming year.
The following is Mark’s job description for 2015 (Phase Two):

Job Title: Director of Discipleship and Adult Education

General Responsibilities:
 Full participation as part of the pastoral staff
 Participation with the NLG Session, including committees
 Preaching approximately 25% of Sunday mornings
 Personal preparation, which should include times apart for prayer,                 reflection and study.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Oversight and administration of Adult SS ministry
• Oversight and coordination of Community Groups
     Communication with current leadership
     Determination of need for new groups
     Training of current and new leaders
     Placement of members and attendees in groups (coordinated with                          Associate Pastor and others)
• Oversight of New Members’ orientation
     Guide the teaching of the class itself
     Prepare members for Session interview
     Endeavor to place new members in smaller communities
• Pastoral staff liaison to Deacons and Diaconal ministries

Unique Expectaions for  2015:
• Completion of presbytery requirements for licensure and ordination
Joining the staff in January in an unordained and then ordained capacity
      (hopefully by September)
• Oversight by the Personnel Committee of the Session with particular                attention to areas where lack of experience has been identified
  Regular (weekly or biweekly) meeting with Steve Smallman
  Regular briefing with Marc Davis and others on current pastoral cases with    participation as appropriate
 Continued efforts to meet and know as many in the congregation as                possible consistent with other responsibilities
 Attendance at seminars, consultations, counseling, as able consistent with     other responsibilities
 Freedom to be available for up to five teaching/consulting opportunities         when he would be away from the church during business days

Steve Smallman

Steve is an Assistant Pastor and is currently serving New Life as Interim Pastor. Steve has served in pastoral ministry for over 40 years. He is currently a teacher for CityNet Ministries in Philadelphia and has also written several books and booklets. Steve and his wife Sandy live in Dresher, PA. They have four adult children and eleven grandchildren.

Topic: A vision for New Life

Where is New Life headed?