What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Quesions About Sucession #5
Q: Would Bethlehem grant Jason Meyer the power to "start over" in terms of building his own pastoral staff or will the default be to keep around the current staff?
A: While the senior leader has significant influence in shaping the make-up of the pastoral staff, Jason would be in no hurry to make sweeping changes. Rather, his desire would be to invest a season (a couple years?) listening, watching, learning. Even then, he may (if voted in) change very little.
Simultaneously, my own heart is to facilitate his healthy transition in such a way that if it were to become clear that I or anyone else on staff is not a good fit for the new administration, I would not want that to be a problem.
So, I don’t anticipate a “starting over,” nevertheless some eventual changes could potentially materialize in due time. Remember, the senior leader can’t just hire pastors; the elders recommend, and the congregation has the final say.
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.