Retirement and Lead Pastor Search Updates

To our dear Purpose Church family,

After 31 wonderful years as your Lead Pastor and Pastor’s wife, Kimberly and I would like to share our plans to retire on October 1st of this year. We know that this news brings up all kinds of emotions and questions. It does for us too! We hope that this webpage, as well as the Town Hall meetings help address some of those questions and concerns.

On behalf of Kimberly, myself, and our entire family, we want you to know how much we appreciate you all.

With love and gratitude,
Pastor Glenn

Upcoming Dates:

Sunday, June 2
Town Hall Meeting (3pm-5pm) in the Worship Center
*Nursery care provided up to age 5

Wednesday, June 12
Town Hall Meeting (6:30pm – 7:30pm) in the Worship Center
*Nursery care provided up to age 5

Sunday, September 29
Glenn & Kimberly Retirement Celebration

Praying for our church during the search.

The next 40 days are very important in the life of Purpose Church. As we enter a season of discerning what and who God has for us as a church, we invite you to join us in prayer and, if comfortable, fasting. Let’s focus our hearts on things above and ask God to move in a powerful way as He leads and guides us in this journey.

Prayer Schedule | Monday, April 22 – Friday, May 31

Use this “40 Days of Prayer” PDF to help guide your prayers.

First Town Hall Summary

Please watch the first Town Hall meeting in full and review the Town Hall Booklet for a complete summary and report from the Trustees. In addition, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information.

The Importance of Membership

When the Search Committee makes their final decision on WHO is being presented to the church as the candidate to become our next Lead Pastor, an official Congregational Meeting will be called. Anyone from the church can attend, but only members will be able to vote. In addition, you must be a member 21 days prior to the congregational vote. As you can see, membership will become very important when it comes time to vote for our next Lead Pastor. We recognize that many of you are unclear what membership is, if you are a member, and if not how you become one. Head to purposechurch.com/membership to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What was the Trustees' decision moving forward?

The Trustees decided to move ahead with Eric Holmstrom and the Search Committee in an in-depth process to determine if he should be presented to the church as the next Lead Pastor, before doing a wide search.

How was the search committee selected?

The Search Committee was selected by the Board of Trustees. The members of the Pastoral Search Committee consist of at least one member from the Board of Trustees, Deacon Service Team, Global Missions Advisory Team, and two church staff, one of whom is a pastor. The rest of the members may be selected from these groups and other members of the congregation in good standing. The Board of Trustees defines the authority and responsibilities of the Search Committee and the search process to be followed. 

See the Town Hall Booklet for full list and bios.

What is the timeline for this process?

The Search Committee has been asked to commit to an intense time of 6-10 meetings during the months of April through June to consider all of the information compiled for them and conduct an in-depth process of interviews and assessments with Eric Holmstrom as the sole candidate. Through this process, they are to determine whether they are ready to recommend to the Trustees that Eric should be presented for approval by a vote of the members to be the next Lead Pastor of Purpose Church.

At the end of May, they will report to the Trustees if they are ready to make the recommendation, if they need more time, or if they recommend a wider search.

When are the next Town Hall meetings?

Town Hall #1 (April 21) was only the beginning. We have scheduled two more Town Hall meetings in order to keep you updated and engaged in this whole process. As we get into June we face a very busy church calendar and recognize that your personal or family events and vacation calendar can also fill up quickly. For that reason we have spent hours with our staff and Trustees coming up with two dates that would give the best opportunity for the highest percentage of our church to be able to participate.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Sunday, June 2
3-5pm in the Worship Center
Wednesday, June 12
6:30-7:30pm in the Worship Center

Who votes for the next Lead Pastor?

When the Search Committee makes their final decision on who is being presented to the church as the candidate to become our next Lead Pastor, an official Congregational Meeting will be called. Anyone from the church can attend but only members will be able to vote. In addition, you must be a member 21 days prior to the congregational vote. As you can see, membership will become very important when it comes time to vote for our next Lead Pastor. We recognize that many of you are unclear what membership is, if you are a member, and if not how you become one.

Head to purposechurch.com/membership to learn more.

 

Who do I address my questions to?

The desire of the Board of Trustees, Staff Leadership and Search Committee is to be transparent and communicate well throughout this process. We know that you will have questions all along the way. Please contact us with any of your questions or concerns.

Trustees@purposechurch.com
SearchCommittee@purposechurch.com
GreggS@purposechurch.com

 

Pastor Glenn’s sermon from 04/14/24 with a special announcement about his upcoming retirement.