As we progress through our transition from the fine work of Rev. Dr. Wayne Soble and Rev. Dr. Jean Stairs to the next phase in the life of our congregation, your Council is committed to being as transparent as possible. We will therefore be reporting to you on a regular basis as new information becomes available. “The Road Ahead” will be published in Tidings and also be uploaded to this web page: see the links below. This was passed by more than the required 2/3rd majority. The profile has been revised to reflect a vacancy for one full-time ordained minister.
The congregation will have an opportunity to approve recommendations from Council three times during the Transition. The first approval will be when the Supply Ministry Plan is presented, likely in late April or early May. In September the congregation will be asked to approve the results of the Community of Faith Profile. This is the process which replaces and enlarges upon the former Presbytery Needs Assessment Process. Sometime early in the new year, the congregation will be asked to approve the results of the Search Team’s efforts in securing top-notch ministerial staff to carry the church forward into what surely will be a promising future.
Jan 2019: Transition Team lays out the three steps
Mar 2019: Supply Ministry and ‘Community of Faith’ Profile
May 2019: Introducing our Two Supply Ministers: 2019-2020
Aug 2019: Supply Ministers begin; Youth and Pastoral Care services
22 Sep 2019: A Special Congregational Meeting will consider and approve the Congregation Profile , a necessary step on our Road Ahead. Also to be explained is the Search Committee Process. Meeting follows the church service.
27 October 2019: A special Congregational Meeting will be held in the Sanctuary following the morning service on 27 October 2019 at 1130hrs in order to consider approving ERMUC’s new Community of Faith Profile which is a major step in the process to Call ministers. All members of the Congregation are encouraged to attend this meeting. Copies of ERMUC’s amended Community of Faith Profile will be available as soon as possible. Questions can be directed to Christopher Sproule, Chair of the Congregation, by using our contact form. Also available is the Survey Results on the Needs of the Congregation on the password-protected page.
17 November 2019: A second special Congregational Meeting was held to consider more formally the following options: declare two vacancies for two full-time or equivalent ministers (defeated), one and one-half ministers (defeated) and finally one full-time minister with a commitment to review the needs for additional assistance, the form of which will be discerned by the new minister and the congregation. This is to be approved by Council and forwarded to Region for approval. The Search Committee was approved as per the slate presented by the Profile Committee.
November 2019: The Community of Faith Profile is approved; Selection Committee also approved.