As if to prove the truth of the observation of the author of Eccesiastes, at our last Transition Team meeting a document surfaced that was a report Rev Mel Poole gave to this Classis back in 2005 and 2006.

We briefly looked at it in the meeting and all took home copies. I believe it is helpful for all to be reading this. Even if only to have you understand that this Transition process is not about Classis punishing a church or about Pastor Pete being difficult, it is about addressing common factors that are well known to cause problems within congregations, and between congregations and pastors. In fact, if I was King for a day, I’d want all incoming members of council to memorize this material!

When the Transition Team report comes out, you will do well to look back at these pages. In a way it is both astonishing and comforting to realize that some of our struggles here are ‘normal’ dysfunctions. My hope is, again, that this recognition increases the desire to get healthier.

In this first page, he shares a bit of his history and background (click on the underlined text. That should open it. If you want to open it in a separate window, click on it with the right button and select “open in new tab”) and also some commonly encountered problem areas. They come down to two words: clarity of expectatons and accountability processes. Of the 9 he mentions, I have only begun to address small bits of ones I have found relevant for Nobleford, talking some about accountability and having clear mandates. I have done most work addressing “curtailing inappropriate critics and controllers” in educating council (Elders mainly) somewhat in how these manipulations work and the anxieties they are driven by. It will be up to you collectively to be determined to keep working at these.

In this page, he describes how the church is a system (a living body) and how all parts have a responsibility to help keep it healthy. You will see how the same two things recur again and again: job clarity and healthy feedback.

Next are two pages that seem to be taken from a larger report.

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May you be edified and directed by what this experienced CRC ‘helping’ pastor notes.