As many of you may know, in December 2019, LCMC staff, boards, and district leaders undertook a significant and intentional time of assessment, reflection, and prayerful discernment about the future of LCMC.
The Board of Trustees has worked diligently and faithfully to discern God’s calling for the next chapter in the life of LCMC. We have been calling this new season LCMC 3.0 and it will be led by a new Service Coordinator following the retirement of Mark Vander Tuig on August 31, 2020.
We are currently well into the process of identifying who the next leader will be, and by God’s grace we hope to bring an update very soon on how this process is coming together.
Our hope was to identify a new leader by July 1, 2020, while staying committed to keep searching until we have unity on the candidate, I am hopeful that we are going to achieve our goal on this timeline.
Whenever there is a turnover in leadership it is important to assess the broad spectrum of our strengths, weaknesses, and the opportunities to address the challenges we face as an association.
The Board of Trustees has made a renewed commitment to building on the part of our DNA that is summed as, “accountable to one another”. We believe that the most effective way to achieve this commitment to our DNA is to empower, train, and equip the pastors and leaders in our districts, fellowship groups, networks, and informal associations.
As a part of these initiatives, LCMC 3.0 will challenge the association to plant churches on a more regional basis through the ministries of districts, fellowship groups, and local churches. As a result of this decentralization of church planting, the position of Coordinator for Church Planting will end on May 31, 2020.
The Rev. Dan Clites, who has been our Coordinator for Church Planting for almost 8 years, has served our Association diligently and faithfully. His passion, energy, and commitment to planting churches has benefited our association and its church planters in real and substantive ways.
Dan has helped to seek out and train church planters and trained many church planting teams. He has gone wherever needed to help people start churches all across the US and has consulted with our friends in Brazil regarding church planting and developing missional communities. Dan has also co-lead a video training opportunity twice a month called “2:47 Network” and has faithfully served this association with passion and given us a strong foundation upon which to build.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees I want to thank the Rev. Dan Clites for his hard work and selfless service to the members of this association. I am personally grateful for the contributions Dan has made in his nearly 8 years of service and we wish him God’s best as he begins a new chapter in his life.
I want to encourage all those who have been impacted by Dan’s ministry to reach out and thank him personally, you can reach Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please continue to pray for Dan in his transition and for the Board of Trustees as we continue the process of finding our next Service Coordinator.
God’s peace to you all,
Chair, LCMC Board of Trustees
and on behalf of the LCMC Board of Trustees
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