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Transition Updates

In July 2018, Pastor Jon Huizenga announced his plans to follow God's call to a new church plant opportunity. Pastor Jon will be serving at River Rock through October 2018. This page has been established to share updates and plans as we transition to new leadership and seek God's direction in doing so.

Most Recent Update (July 19, 2018): As noted in recent meetings and communications, a Transition Committee currently consisting of Carol Meyer, Richard Spengler, Dave Tuit, and Russ Jelsema is in place to continue deliberate communication, counsel, and guidance related to our upcoming senior pastor transition this fall. Members of the committee met together as well as with the church staff in the past week. Current work includes:

• Cultivating input on Transition-related questions and considerations.

To further facilitate this, a direct email box to the committee,

transition@riverrockcommunity.com, has been established. In

addition, a “Q&A” box will be available on Sunday mornings for

comments. The committee will review all questions/comments and

accumulate topics as well as answers to be communicated back to

our congregation.

• Providing input to the Elders for board-level decisions to be made

related to transition topics.

• Meeting with church staff to ensure good communication and

guidance as roles change during the Transition.

• Levering very good denominational resources related to pastoral

transitions, including discussions with denominational and classical

staff and evaluating the options for Specialized Transition Ministers

who are available specifically to help churches in transition. For those

of you who are interested in what kind of resources have been useful,

one document in particular is a good example and is linked to here:

https://www.crcna.org/sites/default/files/more_than_a_search_committee.pdf

• Evaluating tools and methods to allow us as a church to help

articulate our strengths, passions, and key criteria for a new senior

pastor as the process continues.

Finally, the Elders and Transition Committee continue to seek not only

your input but your prayers as we seek God’s continued plans for River

Rock.

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