Succession Team

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

August 18, 2019 - video update

May 5, 2019 - video update

April 11, 2019 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
The team met with Jeff Burnett, Mark Garner, Jason Meyer, and Todd Campbell. We worked through a timeline of our recommendation. Key future dates include:

  • May 5 -- Video presentation from Pastor Search/Succession Team
  • May 6 - July 29 -- Churchwide 13-week prayer emphasis
  • August 25 -- Pastor Search/Succession Team recommendation to the Church

April 2, 2019 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
The team met with Jeff Burnett, Mark Garner, Jason Meyer, and Todd Campbell to discuss a draft recommendation of next steps. We are continuing to refine our recommendation to prepare for a delivery of our pesentation to the church in early Fall, 2019.

March 5 & March 19, 2019 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meetings
The team compiled information from our various sources and meetings over the last year to create a draft recommendation for submission to senior leadership for review. Over the last year the team has met every 1-2 weeks since our initial meeting on March 27, 2018 (with exception to holidays and summer break). We have explored various church models, garnered feedback through our own church survey, sought out information regarding succession planning via leaders in ministry, and reviewed various books [Passing the Leadership Baton by Tom Mullins, Next by William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird, Letters to the Church by Francis Chan].

February 26, 2019 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
The team continued conversation with Mark Garner, Jason Meyer, and Todd Campbell to discuss possible accountability structure in their 3-Pastor Multi-Leadership plan.

February 12, 2019 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
The team met with Mark Garner, Jason Meyer, and Todd Campbell to discuss possible accountability structure in their 3-Pastor Multi-Leadership plan. These 3 pastors have been invited back on 2/26/19 for continued discussion as it relates to an accountability structure.

January 22, 2019 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
The team is continuing to refine our recommendations and pursuing continued development of accountability structure in our draft proposal. The team reviewed multiple church leadership models in preparation for discussions scheduled in February with Mark Garner, Jason Meyer, and Todd Campbell.

January 9, 2019 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
The team is working toward making a recommendation at the end of the quarter regarding future church leadership. We're taking time to review and catalog our thoughts prior to this draft proposal to church leadership expected at the end of March, 2019.

December 9, 2018 - video update

November 27, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Held one-on-one meeting with Jason Meyer

November 7, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Held one-on-one meeting with Todd Campbell

October 30, 2018 - Stew Essen (Chairman) led team meeting
Held one-on-one meeting with Mark Garner

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

Fran Martin
Norwood

Marc Tolson
River Trails

Charla West
Norwood