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