District Superintendent Transition Process
Update as of April 26, 2017
On Thursday, April 20th, the North Central Ohio District Advisory Committee (DAC) met with Dr. Bob Broadbooks, regional director for USA/Canada, to review nominations for our next district superintendent.
This, as you can imagine, was no easy task. We began the meeting with a concentrated prayer time; this has become our custom as a DAC and helps to clear our minds and to seek God's direction. Dr. Broadbooks read to us the district profile drafted in February with input from various district group meetings and surveys. He presented us with information containing each nominee's background, experience and endorsements from those who had nominated him or her. We then took time to read and pray again. After some hours of discussion, voting, paring and more discussion, the DAC arrived at a list of candidates to send on to the Board of General Superintendents (BGS) for their review and approval. As with any nomination committee, the broader level of the BGS's experience and perspective will help guide us to find the Lord's new shepherd for this district.
On May 11th, the DAC will convene again to further discuss our nominees. We covet your prayers. As you know, we have called for the fifth day of each month to be a day set aside for concentrated prayer for our fifth district superintendent. This could not be more timely in the months of May and June.
Thank you in advance,
NCO District Advisory Committee
Update as of March 27, 2017
It's been awhile since we updated you on the search process for our new district pastor but your District Advisory Committee (DAC) has been hard at work. No doubt you've seen some of those results: the job and district profile documents we sent our in February as a result of the material we gathered in January; we met on February 23rd and agreed to send out the call for nominations on March 3rd; we met again on March 15th and devoted the majority of that meeting to prayer - What a difference that prayer meeting made...and... glory to God!
The nomination period ended last Friday, March 23rd. For the next several weeks, the USA/Canada Regional Office at the Global Ministry Center in Lenexa will be collecting information on all nominated individuals. Dr. Bob Broadbooks, regional director for USA/Canada, continues to give us helpful guidance under the direction of Dr. David Graves, our jurisdictional general superintendent. They continue to stress this is the district's decision...ultimately God's of course; Dr. Graves and Dr. Broadbooks have been very supportive.
The DAC will next meet on April 20th to verify each candidate and match their qualifications against our profile; that continues to be our charge...to act as a nominating committee for our assembly.
In a letter we received, an individual wrote, "I did want to take the opportunity to thank the committee for this outstanding work. I freely confess that my great fear was as we entered into this selection process we would forget we were the Body of Christ and chose instead to use a business model to do our work. I was extremely encouraged at the Wooster area gathering to see both an administrative AND prayer component to the selection process." This letter went on to say, "the five descriptors of the district superintendent are EXCELLENT!! They are Christian descriptors that parallel the lifestyle of the Great Shepherd. I'm constantly reminded of a statement by one of my seminary professors...Jesus is a shepherd, not a herdsman...He leads instead of drives."
Please continue to join your DAC in prayer as we seek to identify our new shepherd.
Lenten blessing on you and your church,
District Advisory Committee
Update as of March 2, 2017
The District Advisory Council (DAC) of the North Central Ohio District Church of the Nazarene would like to announce a call for nominations for the position of District Superintendent. Our current district pastor, Steve Ward, is retiring from the position at our July assembly. He and Thais will be deeply missed; his humble servant leadership has produced ten quality years of service to our district. We salute them and thank them both of the years of commitment to the NCO district.
1. The profile of our district that was developed through a variety of means. We held three area focus group meetings composed of 89 people representing 31 churches, an online survey of our district pastors both active and retired with 55 responses, and a survey sent to all church board secretaries for discussion during their January board meetings which produced 104 responses from 26 churches.
2. Additionally, the DAC utilized the responses to build a position profile to be used as nominations are reviewed.
All nominations will be screened and vetted for adherence to both the position profile and the Board of General Superintendents' directive that we search for one 'whose ministerial record demonstrates an emphasis on growth, missional effectiveness, evidence of denominational loyalty and fiscal responsibility.'
Logic tells us the wider we cast our net, the stronger the possibility exists we will gather more candidates. We believe the Lord is already preparing our next district leader for us. It is our prayer, and one we certainly hope you'll join us in praying, that this process will bring us together in His divine will, providence, and timing.
Please submit all nominations by March 24, with a brief explanation as to why you are nominating this person, to Austin Swallow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessings to you and yours during this Lenten season,
District Advisory Committee
Update as of January 24, 2017
Pastors and Church Board Secretaries:
The search committee for our new district pastor desires to keep the district informed on our progress. Please pass this information on to all interested parties. It will also be posted on the district website www.ncodistrict.org/dstransition and our prayer Facebook page.
The District Advisory Committee (DAC) has adopted the following timeline:
January Input Gathering
February Profile for candidate and SWOT document written and approved by DAC
Call for nominations
March DAC meeting to consider nominations
April DAC meeting to consider candidates to interview
May Candidate conversations
June DAC meeting to consider finalists for position
July 10th Assembly to vote to hear DAC recommendation
We thank everyone who participated at one of the three area focus group meetings conducted at Wooster, Bedford and Bucyrus. There were 42 churches represented and just over 100 people attended. We also thank the church boards who took the time at their January meetings to discuss the qualities they would like to see in a new district pastor. Furthermore, we appreciate laity and ministers who have taken the time to fill out surveys.
The District Pastor Search Process Committee will review all feedback and compile a one page profile reflecting the characteristics and qualities desired in our new leader. The committee will also use the gathered information to develop a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis for our candidates. Once these documents are approved by the DAC, an announcement for the position will be posted (target date of February 24).
The committee continues to be in conversation with Dr. Bob Broadbooks, regional coordinator for USA/Canada who is our liaison and guide in this process. He reminded us the district leadership remains 'in charge' of the process. Nominations are open to all...both on our district and off. It is the DAC's charge and challenge to consider each nomination, verify the candidates and narrow down the list according to our profile.
Please continue to pray the Lord will direct us all to the fifth district pastor for the North Central Ohio district. If you have any comments or questions, we'd love to hear them.
District Pastor Search Process Committee
Deb Heller, Craig Lamos, Mike Legg, Ernie Ley and Austin Swallow
December 15, 2016
Our District Pastor Steve Ward will be retiring at assembly in July 2017. Per Manual, the District Advisory Committee (DAC) is working with denominational leadership to ensure a smooth transition and election of a new district superintendent.
We value your prayers and encourage you to mark the 5th of each month as a day of prayer for our 5th DS.
As we move forward in this process, we are seeking as much input from ministers and church leaders as possible. We sincerely desire to involve the district family and are committed to an open process. To that end, we hope you will complete this short survey to assess our district:
We are also hosting area meetings for pastors, staff, and church leaders to receive input and facilitate the transition. You are invited to attend. Meetings will be held:
Saturday, January, 7, at Wooster Church
Saturday, January, 14, 9:30-11:00am at Bedford Church, 365 Center Rd., Bedford, OH
Saturday, January, 14, 9:30-11:00am at Bucyrus Church, 2165 St. Rt. 4, Bucyrus, OH
Thank you for your involvement and prayers.
District Pastor Transition Process Team
(Deb Heller, Craig Lamos, Mike Legg, Ernie Ley, Austin Swallow)
This preliminary survey was sent to Pastors and Church Board Secretaries 12/7/2016
Church leaders and members, click here for a hard copy.
Pastors and Pastoral Staff, please complete this online version: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9JGNXBN this will allow us to differentiate feedback from ministers and laity. Thank you.)