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March 20th, 2019 UPDATE

The Search  committee sub team (Carla Evans and Kasey Dillon) has submitted a draft of the Senior Pastor Job Posting to the Pastoral Transition Committee for review and comments. Also, the committee is compiling a list of points of distribution for the job posting. 

Please pray for clarity, unity, wisdom, and discernment the  PTC, our pastors, and elders. Any questions? Contact the boardofelders@durhame.org

MARCH 13TH, 2019 UPDATE

The DEC elders will be commissioning the Pastoral Transition Committee on Sunday, March 24 during both services.

Any questions can be addressed to boardofelders@durhamE.org



MARCH 6TH, 2019 UPDATE

Kasey Dillon and Carla Evans have been selected to the Search Subteam. They will be "casting the net" to identify and contact the various sources (local churches, seminaries, personal contacts, Christian organizations, etc.) and let it be known that DEC is in search of a lead pastor.

Pamela Hilton and Alana Lepine have been selected to the Communications Subteam. Look for their PTC updates on Facebook, durhame.org, and DEC Happenings.

The Board of Elders is finalizing the Role Description that will be used for the Pastoral Job posting.

Any questions can be addressed to boardofelders@durhamE.org

NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018 UPDATE

Dear DEC Members and Attenders,

We, at DEC, have been graced and honored to have had a team of spiritual leaders through whom God has worked to bring the truth of the gospel, the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to Durham, the New Hampshire seacoast, and throughout the world.  And now God is working in the process of leadership change at DEC. We have no doubt that Jesus will continue to build DEC and lead us into new leadership.

As we seek to conform to God’s will, the Elder Board at DEC has prayed about, discussed and taken action towards transitioning our leadership.  To guide and drive this transition, a Pastoral Transition Committee (PTC) will be created as directed by the DEC Constitution (seen as “pulpit committee” in Article X, Section E-1).  The Elder Board has created a Focus Team (FT) to choose and equip the PTC with what is needed to guide the process effectively and with a clear purpose of conforming to God’s will for DEC.  Its members are Governing and Emeritus Elders, currently made up of Pastor Terry, Elder Joe Cheslock, Elder Chris Miller, Emeritus Elder Tom Brink, Emeritus Elder Bill Bryon and Emeritus Elder Mark Valliere.

The Focus Team will be

  1. Seeking God’s will for DEC including counsel and experience-sharing from Christ-centered, Bible-believing sources beyond DEC

    1. The Board, Staff and Leadership Council have been actively engaged in prayer, retreats and meetings specifically devoted to seeking and defining direction for DEC

    2. The Focus Team has already had conversations with staff at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary who have excellent experience and skills in Pastoral Transitioning

  2. Reviewing the present Organizational Structure of DEC and presenting an Organizational Vision of where God wants DEC to have positions to carry out His will for DEC

  3. Creating Ministry and Person descriptions in alignment with God’s will for DEC for the positions to be filled

  4. Selecting the Pastoral Transition Committee (PTC) members to include the Focus Team members that are Elders, DEC Staff and DEC Members

  5. Presenting the PTC with a Charter

  6. Establishing proper communication between the PTC, Elder Board, DEC Staff and DEC congregation

  7. Providing support, encouragement and blessings to the pastors who are transitioning out of their current positions

We are hopeful that the Focus Team will have the PTC in place and equipped by mid-January, and the PTC will have the leadership changes complete in the 2020 timeframe.

Please be in prayer with us as we walk in love and obedience through this transition with Jesus as He leads DEC into the future.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Board of Elders