Our congregation is experiencing a period of change and growth. We are supported by a talented minister, Rev. Jenny Rankin, who will be with us through June 2022, while we work to call a settled minister. Jenny led a nearby congregation for over fifteen years, then trained for transitional ministry and has served several congregations in this area over the past decade. We feel blessed to have her in our midst.
Read on to learn more about our transition team, our goals for this interim period, as well as our reports and findings at this point in the process.
The purpose of an interim period is to help our congregation prepare for the arrival of a new minister by achieving:
- Healthy closure to the past
- Spiritual, Relational, Organizational & Operational Renewal
- Clarity of Identity, Mission & Vision
- Thorough Preparation for the Search Process
As we travel through our interim period, we will be discussing and reflecting on all five areas represented below. Until we have a firm grasp of the answers to these questions, it would be unwise to undertake a search process. Finding the answers to these searching questions is one of the reasons we have chosen to have our interim period span three years.
The Transition Team was appointed by The Parish Committee in the fall of 2018 with input from both the Parish Committee and Jenny Rankin, our Interim Minister. The team consists of seven (7) members; the co-chairs of the team were determined by a vote of the team members themselves. The team is made up of church members; young, old, new(er), long timer, male, female, working and retired.
Current members are:
- Gina Halsted – Chair
- Becca Fasciano
- Chris Hamilton
- Kathy Huber
- Ken Hurd
- Liz Wilkinson
- New member TBA
Former members include:
- Elizabeth Robbat Kelly (2018/19)
- R.L. Smith Co-Chair (2018-2020)
The Team’s primary mission is to lead the congregation through a period of self-examination, discovery, and renewal.
When the Transition Team announced the opening of the Spiritual Snapshot survey in November, we had one concern: would anyone actually answer questions about their own spirituality? The result amazed and delighted us. By the month’s end, 194 people had responded, not just by checking multiple-choice boxes, but with extensive, insightful, often beautiful comments.
- Read the Spirituality Snapshot Survey HERE.
A Shared Ministry Review (SMR), also called a Whole Church Evaluation, is one way that churches evaluate their mission and priorities, their ministers and staff, and the resources and structures that support them. Our congregation underwent this process in the Spring of 2018 to endeavor to clarify the strengths, aspirations, and areas for growth in First Parish Lincoln.
- Read a Brief Overview of the SMR HERE.
- Read about the Methodology of the SMR HERE.
- Download a PDF of the SMR HERE.
- Read about our findings from the January 2019 Leadership Retreat HERE.
- Read the March 2019 Transition Team Listening Circles Report HERE.
- Read our Notes on the Q&A Session with Rev. Keith Kron from April 2019 HERE.
All communications we have had with the congregation either through The Parish News, The Weekly New Briefs, or special e-mails are available in the Transition Teams Google Drive Public Documents folder. Documents are listed in ascending chronological order, from oldest to newest.