Regional Minister Search updates & next steps – September 2022 Report to the Board

In July, members of the Regional Minister Search Committee facilitated listening sessions at our two youth camps (Cane Ridge West and Gwinwood).

The Committee’s August meeting was spent with the Rev. April Johnson, Executive Director of Reconciliation Ministries, who led us through two hours of antiracism training specific to our Regional Minister search process.

The next step in preparing a regional profile and job description for posting the Regional Minister opening in the Northern Lights Region is to conduct more Regional Minister Search listening sessions around the Northern Lights Region. Our goal is to hold in-person sessions in each of the four areas (Salish Sea, Tahoma, Columbia, and Big Sky), as well as region-wide listening sessions on Zoom.

Many may wonder what the Northern Lights Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is AND what role a Regional Minister plays in a region.

While governed at the congregational level, ALL of the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) in Alaska, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Montana make up the Northern Lights Region. It is through the Northern Lights Region that our churches are connected with each other and with the general Disciples church in Indianapolis.

Our Regional Minister-President serves many vital roles: clergy and congregational care, regional program oversight, Search and Call assistance, administrative responsibilities, denominational and ecumenical representation, and promoting the Northern Lights Region’s vision and mission.

We are confident that God is already working to prepare our region for a new Regional Minister AND preparing our new Regional Minister for us! That is why the Search Committee is eager to hear your thoughts as we walk through the process together.

Watch the Northern Lights Region calendar as Regional Minister Search listening sessions are scheduled.

So far, the following Regional Minister Search listening sessions have been scheduled:

  • NL Region
    • Board Retreat 9/23-24
    • Congregational Pastors 10/11, 11:30 am PDT
    • Chaplains 10/11, 6:30 pm PDT
    • Region via Zoom 10/15, 10 am PDT
    • Region via Zoom 10/27, 6:30 pm PDT
  • Salish Area
    • Bellingham 10/23
    • Seattle
  • Tahoma Area
    • Sumner 10/29, 10:00 am PDT
    • Olympia
  • Columbia Area
    • Creston
    • Spokane
  • Big Sky Area

We also invited the NL Regional Transformation Team to meet with us at our next meeting on October 3, 2022.

Prayerfully,

Karrin Lewis
Chair, Northern Lights Regional Minister Search Committee

 


 

Update from the Regional Minister Search Committee – July 16, 2022:

RM Search Committee Orientation June 6, 2022:

Our Regional Minister Search Partner, Toni Bynum, Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California-Nevada, oriented the search committee to the Regional Minister Search Process on Zoom.

First Committee Meeting July 11, 2022:

The full committee met via Zoom.

Timeline:

It is difficult to set a concrete timeline as there are some elements that we have control over and some that we do not. Typically, the process takes 12-18 months.

Anti-racism training for full committee.

We will all do this together. We have requested a trainer from Reconciliation Ministries. This is an important piece to ensure that the committee is open to hearing from to all applicants.

Input from various groups within the region:

  • Our first listening session took place at Regional Assembly on May 22, 2022.
  • Two listening sessions are scheduled, one at each of the Chi Rho and CYF camps at Cane Ridge West and Gwinwood.
  • The committee is working on reaching out to additional groups of folks to schedule listening sessions in the coming weeks.

Meeting Schedule:

The Regional Minister Search Committee set regular meetings via Zoom on the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm (PDT)/7:30 pm (MDT) through the end of 2022:

August 1
September 12 (first Monday is Labor Day)
October 3
November 7
December 5

Next Steps:

Using input from the listening sessions, we will write a Regional Profile and a Regional Minister Job Description.

Questions and Comments may be directed to the RM Search Committee Chair, Karrin Lewis, at RMSearch@northernlightsdisciples.org.

 


 

Report to the Northern Lights Regional Assembly – May 21, 2022

Report                                        Regional Minister Search Committee                                    #22-2

Dear Friends of the Northern Lights Region,

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Northern Lights Region, when there is a Regional Minister vacancy, a search committee is selected and confirmed by the Regional Board, to come together to lead the process of calling the next Regional Minister.

The following people consented to serve on the committee and have been confirmed by the Regional Board.

Barb Lancaster, Big Sky Area, layperson         Debbie Jennison, Columbia area, layperson
John Richards, Tahoma Area, layperson         Rachael Gumber, Salish Sea Area, layperson
Stephen Underwood, Big Sky Area, clergy     Guy Schmielau, Columbia Area, clergy
Leslie Smith, Salish Sea area, layperson         Karrin Lewis, Tahoma Area, layperson, Chair
Amy LaCroix, Tahoma Area, clergy (Regional Moderator-Elect and ex officio member)

Orientation of the committee will be led by our Regional Minister Search Partner, LaTaunya “Toni” Bynum, Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California-Nevada, who will be walking with us on this journey.

The integrity of this process requires the participation of the member churches gathered throughout the Northern Lights Region.  Your voice is very important.  As we begin this work, the first task is to develop a profile of our Region that will enable prospective candidates to have a better understanding of who we are and what our hopes and dreams are for the work of the church through our Region.

There will be a series of Regional gatherings to share in prayer and conversation.  Members of the Regional Minister Search Committee will be present to lead the prayers, facilitate conversations and listen to your hopes and dreams for the Region.  We anticipate that each gathering will last approximately an hour and a half.  In order to reach as many people as possible the meetings will be held via Zoom.  One will be scheduled during a monthly Fireside Chat and another during a Saturday Shine session.  More information will be shared in the coming weeks with specific details about these gatherings.  To begin the prayers and conversations, we will meet in person on May 22, 2022 at 9 AM in the worship space at Regional Assembly (30 minutes prior to worship).

On the website for the Northern Lights Region you will find updates and other information concerning this process and journey.  We welcome your input and ideas.  We covet your prayers as we move forward in a way that honors and glorifies God.

Shalom,
Karrin Lewis, Search Committee Chairperson
RMSearch@northernlightsdisciples.org

 


 

Meet the Regional Minister Search Committee – May 2022

Hello, Friends of the Northern Lights Region,
Our Region continues to embrace change. We celebrate the ministry of our Regional Minister, the Rev. Sandy
Messick, and send our love and prayers as she prepares to follow God’s call to a new region. AND we look forward to discovering the “something new” that God continues to make in the Northern Lights Region.

It is my privilege to chair the Search Committee for the upcoming Regional Minister vacancy. The following
people consented to serve with me. They have been confirmed by the Regional Board and will be
commissioned at Regional Assembly later this month.

Barb Lancaster, Big Sky Area, layperson        Debbie Jennison, Columbia area, layperson
John Richards, Tahoma Area, layperson        Rachael Gumber, Salish Sea Area, layperson
Stephen Underwood, Big Sky Area, clergy    Guy Schmielau, Columbia Area, clergy
Leslie Smith, Salish Sea area, layperson        Karrin Lewis, Tahoma Area, layperson, Chair
Amy LaCroix, Tahoma Area, clergy (Regional Moderator-Elect and ex officio member)

Orientation of the committee will be led by our Regional Minister Search Partner, LaTaunya “Toni” Bynum, Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California-Nevada, who will be walking with us on this journey.

Your voice is very important. We have a series of questions we will use to begin conversations during the upcoming series of listening sessions. Two among those questions are:

What gifts, experience and commitments do you believe the next Regional Minister needs in order to be effective in leading the Northern Lights Region forward with health and vibrancy?

What gifts, experience, and commitments do you believe the next Regional Minister needs in order to be effective in leading the Northern Lights Region with health and vibrancy?

While most of our listening sessions will be via Zoom, we will meet in person on May 22, 2022 at 9 AM in the worship space at Regional Assembly (30 minutes prior to worship), to open these prayerful conversations.
Look for updates and other information concerning the Search Committee’s process and journey on the website of the Northern Lights Region. We invite your input and covet your prayers as we move forward!

Shalom,
Karrin Lewis, Search Committee Chairperson
RMSearch@northernlightsdisciples.org