For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him, as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
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.