This year our family did something new when it came to decorating for Christmas....
I have been thankful for the support and affirmation many of you have given to our team as we are planning our office move to Dallas. In addition, I want to share with you a few staff transitions that will be taking place as we prepare to move.
First, we will sadly be saying goodbye to Kim Davis and Robyn Wood. Kim has served with us for many years in a variety of roles, and most recently as Executive Coordinator. In her current role she has been invaluable in ensuring that our wide variety of projects and initiatives are executed with timeliness, efficiency, and excellence. We are so grateful for Kim. Robyn has served as Ministry Resource Coordinator and my assistant for the past year. She has also been a wonderful asset to our entire team and we are so thankful God blessed us with her during this time. Both Robyn and Kim will be greatly missed and have already transitioned to new roles that fit their gifting and wiring.
Second, I am excited to announce that Rev. Kaitlyn Wood will be joining our staff full-time as our new Director of Church Health. Kaitlyn has been helping out in a variety of ways in the past year including coordinating small church initiatives at our national gathering, facilitating transformation consultations, coaching pastors, and engaging with congregations using our pastoral search process. I have witnessed first hand her incredible ability to coach leaders and work with congregations toward transformation even in situations that are challenging. She is currently finishing her D.Min. at Northeastern Seminary in the Scripture, Spirituality, and Leadership program. Her specific project is focused on developing a framework to train pastors holistically for the work of church revitalization (combining deep formation and practical skills). Kaitlyn will begin her full-time role with us in September.
We are so excited to have Kaitlyn on board and dedicated to church health initiatives. In the past, when churches have engaged in a variety of resources and services, either one of ECO’s staff has squeezed it into an already busy schedule or outsourced those responsibilities. While we may still have some outsourcing, it will be extremely helpful to have someone whose primary responsibility is to work and expand our efforts toward church health. The other reason that I am happy for this transition is that it now means that we have a staff member dedicated to every major aspect related to our vision and purpose!
One other shift that is occuring is that John Terech, Executive Director of Operations, will be spending more time focusing on internal aspects of the ECO organization. In some ways his role will be similar to an Executive Pastor of a larger church. Since Kim is leaving and we have staff in each major area, John will need to spend more time focusing on internal logistics ensuring cooperation and efficiency as we seek to do all the Lord has called us to do.
In our move to Dallas and these staffing developments, it feels like a new season of ministry for the denomination. We are thrilled at the way we will be able to better catalyze the flourishing of our churches and leaders going forward. We are especially grateful for our continued partnership in our covenant community and the privilege of serving alongside you in ministry. Let us know how we can help you and your congregation flourish during this season!