“The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ….”  Ephesians 4:11-12 NRSV

We have completed the pastoral transition process with the Call of Pastor Lara Forbes!
Pastor Forbes began her ministry at Saint Andrew’s on February 18, 2020

This was a multi-step process that began with the formation of a Transition Team (TT) and concluded with the work of a Call Committee.

Pastor Lara Forbes

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February 23, 2020 was Pastor Forbes’ first Sunday at Saint Andrew’s.
Worship | 8:30 am and 11:00 am.
We praise God and with God’s help, we will partner with Pastor Forbes and continue to be a thriving community growing together in Christ to love and serve all people.

Transition Timeline


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Status and Timeline

February 23, 2020 was Pastor Forbes’ first Sunday at Saint Andrew’s.
Worship | 8:30 am and 11:00 am.
We praise God and with God’s help, we will partner with Pastor Forbes and continue to be a thriving community growing together in Christ to love and serve all people.

February 22, 2020, 10:00 am: Service of Installation of Pastor Forbes as Lead Pastor of Saint Andrew’s.
Reverend Andrew Yee, Northwest Washington Synod Assistant to the Bishop, preached and presided.

February 2, 2020
February 2 was Pastor Red Burchfield’s last Sunday at Saint Andrew’s. During Discipleship Hour we thanked him for his year of ministry with us.

December 22, 2019
Pastor Lara Forbes accepted the Call to serve as Lead Pastor at Saint Andrew’s.

December 15, 2019
A special congregation meeting was held on Sunday, December 15 At that meeting, the congregation voted to extend a call to Pastor Lara Forbes to be Lead Pastor of Saint Andrew’s; and approved the compensation package proposed by the Congregation Council.

December 2019
All members were mailed information about our Candidate of Choice, Pastor Lara Forbes.
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Pastor Forbes was introduced to the congregation at two receptions on Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7.

September, October, November 2019
In November, the Call Committee recommended a Pastoral Candidate of Choice.
In early September,  the Call Committee received a list of candidates from the Bishop and began to conduct interviews.

August 2019
During August, the Bishop used the Ministry Site Profile to prayerfully identify candidates with the abilities and qualities the congregation desires. 

The Call Committee sought input from the congregation about what interview questions they should ask pastoral candidates.

July – August 2019
July 17, 2019: The Ministry Site Profile (MSP) was completed and accepted by the Northwest Washington Synod.
The Summary Description from the MSP: Saint Andrew’s is a healthy congregation with inspiring worship, good age diversity and a passion for service in our community.  We live in a multi-cultural region representing a broad spectrum of faith and economic backgrounds.  The new Lead Pastor will partner with strong laity and staff to live out our Mission Statement: “Growing together in Christ to love and serve all people”.

The Call Committee sought input from the congregation about what interview questions they should ask pastoral candidates.

June – July 2019
The Call Committee welcomed input from the congregation about what we would like to see in a new Pastor: qualities, characteristics, skills, abilities, priorities, etc. plus mutual expectations from a new Pastor and the congregation in the first year and questions the Committee should ask when interviewing candidates.

~ conversations on Sundays in June and July focused on what we would like to see in a new Pastor, mutual expectation for the first year, and what questions the Call Committee should ask when interviewing pastoral candidates.
~ there was also opportunity to provide input via written forms.

through July 15, 2019
Everyone was invited to nominate a candidate to be our next Lead Pastor. Completed forms were sent directly to the Northwest Washington Synod office.
 
May 19, 2019
The Call committee was elected a specially called Congregation Meeting on May 19. Members of the Call Committee are: Marc Bateman, Bill Brueggemann, Dianne Chong, Mary Davis, Stephanie Page-Lester, and Linda Powell

May 2019
The Call Committee will be elected at a Special Congregation Meeting on Sunday, May 19, at 9:45 am.
Nominations to serve on the Call Committee are closed. 
Additional nominations will be accepted from the floor at the meeting. 

May 2019
The Transition Team presented its input for the Ministry Site Profile on May 5 and provided opportunity for comment and feedback. 
They completed their work in on May 12 with the completion of the Ministry Site Profile.
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March – April – May  2019
Nominations to serve on the Call Committee were accepted through Sunday, May 5, 2019.

The Transition Team presented two forms with questions related to the MSP process and invited the entire congregation to provide input with one or both forms. Input was considered as the Transition Team developed the Ministry Site Profile.

Sunday Discipleship Hours in March, April, and May were dedicated to bringing updates and seeking input as the Transition Team developed the Ministry Site Profile (MSP). 

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