As you may know Pastor Ray has retired from his work here at Lansing First. This page will focus on answering some of the questions you may have about the process of accepting a new pastor. 

 

The Future
Lansing First will continue to reach up, reach in and reach out during this transition. 
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STEPS IN THE CALLING OF A PASTOR
 
√ 1. The District Superintendent meets with the local church board to begin the process of calling a pastor.
This includes the following:
a. Urging prayer as a necessary ingredient for determining God’s will.
b. Selection of interim pastoral arrangements (the interim pastor will not be considered as a candidate for pastor.)
c. Enabling the church board to develop a profile of the person that should serve as pastor.
d. Considering the records of those persons who are to be considered potential nominees for office of pastor.
 
√2. The church board, under the direction of the District Superintendent, shall select a person as a possible nominee and arrangements will be made for a personal interview. The board will be expected to keep any names of potential pastors confidential, and it will be appreciated if the congregation honors this expectation.
 
√3. Following the interview, the church board will meet in executive session to evaluate the information gained from the interview. Then a ballot vote will be taken as to whether this person shall be nominated to the church membership. If at least a two-thirds majority of the board members vote affirmatively, and the District Superintendent approves, the name will be presented to the church membership for formal voting.
 
√4. In compliance with the requirements of the Church of the Nazarene Manual 2017-2021, the meeting of the church membership for voting on a prospective pastor will be announced in at least two preceding regular services.
 
√5. Before voting, the congregation will have the opportunity to meet the pastoral candidate in order to get acquainted.
 
√6. In the church meeting, all active members (age 15 and above) will be entitled to vote. The call of the pastor requires a two-thirds favorable vote by ballot of the church members of voting age present and voting. There is no allowance for absentee voting.
 
√7. When the call is extended to the minister under consideration, the minister shall communicate acceptance of the call no later than 15 days from the dates of the church meeting voting that call.
 
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WHAT YOU CAN DO

Pray
-Pray for the current leadership ministry team at Lansing First
-Pray for the district leadership as they work with the leadership at Lansing First to start the processes of transition and succession
-Pray for Pastor Ray and his Family.

Encourage
-Encourage our church current leadership
-Encourage Pastor Ray and his family

Be Present
-Come to church to hear the gospel 
-Come to church to participate in life change
-Come to church to participate in this transition

Remember
-God is in control
-God is with this church
-God makes better plans than we do