Pastor Search/Succession Team

Anticipating Pastor Jeff Burnett's planned retirement in December, 2020, the church body has wisely taken proactive steps to assemble a team of individuals who will recommend leadership for the next season in the life of First Hurst. The team began its work in late March, 2018. To keep the church posted on their progress, updates from the team will be posted on this site periodically. For any questions or thoughts you would like to share with the team directly, please feel free to send email communication to successionteamfbch@gmail.com. The team meets regularly and appreciates your input along this journey.

Updates

Our team meets regularly every other week as schedules allow. Some variation is expected through the summer due to various ministry opportunities (mission trips, camps) as well as vacation and work travels with committee members unable to attend. Our anticipated schedule in the fall is to resume regular gatherings every other week.

October 17, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Prepared questions for one-on-one meetings with Mark Garner, Jason Meyer, and Todd Campbell

October 2, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Team debriefed on the September 25 meeting with Mark Garner, Jason Meyer, and Todd Campbell

September 25, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Second meeting with Mark Garner, Jason Meyer, and Todd Campbell to discuss follow-up questions the team assimilated after the initial meeting with the 3 men

September 23, 2018 - video update

September 6, 2018
As we pass from summer into fall, our team continues to seek what God has for us regarding future leadership direction at First Hurst. Outside sources of information have included Dr. Karl Fickling, Coordinator of Interim Ministry for BGCT in Dallas; David Bowman, Executive Director of Tarrant Baptist Association and member at First Hurst; and Dr. Joy McInvale, Family Counselor and ministry partner at First Hurst. Articles on the experiences of other churches have also helped our discussions. September will be a key month for the team, as we will have additional time with each of our pastors to formulate, clarify, and encourage. A prayerful spirit is the key. Psalm 32:8.

September 4, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Met individually with pastoral staff:  Kimberly Wirt, Kellie Charbonneau, Deni Morrow, and Ryan Walling

August 1, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Planning session for next phase of process. The team set a schedule and plan for follow-up meetings with Todd Campbell, Mark Garner, and Jason Meyer, as well as additional pastoral staff.

July 24, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Developed follow-up questions for Mark Garner, Jason Meyer, and Todd Campbell

July 23, 2018
Thank you for a strong response to our recent survey request. The answers and comments will help us to formulate our ongoing direction & recommendations. Our team has had an extended time off due to busy summer schedules. We will be back at work beginning this week. The knowledge of your ongoing prayer support is a blessing.

June 17, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Listened to Mark Garner, Jason Meyer, and Todd Campbell convey their 3-Pastor Multi-Leadership Plan

June 14, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Reviewed surveys

June, 2018
Members of First Hurst were asked to prayerfully participate in a survey to help the Pastor Search/Succession Team determine God's will and direction for our church.  Responses were requested no later than June 10, 2018.

May 24, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Continuation of developing survey questions

May 20, 2018 - video update

May 7, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Began development of survey questions

April 24, 2018 - Follow-up meeting with Pastor Jeff Burnett

April 10, 2018 - Team meeting with David Bowman, Executive Director of Tarrant Baptist Association

March 27, 2018 - Initial team meeting with Pastor Jeff Burnett

Team

Please pray for these who are investing much time in pursuing God's direction and will for the future leadership of our church.




Stew Essen
Chair, Succession Team
Norwood
 

Scott Charbonneau
Chair, Deacons
Norwood
 

Brandy Smith
Chair, Finance Cmte
Norwood
 




Mitch Smith
Personnel Cmte 
Norwood

Jeanie Foster
River Trails

John McGee
River Trails




Fran Martin
Norwood

Marc Tolson
River Trails

Charla West
Norwood