Over the last 18 months, we have talked frequently about the upcoming transition of our senior leadership. We’ve strategized, created criteria, cast wide nets in a search, conducted interviews and identified a candidate to serve as the Senior Pastor. On June 1, the transition officially begins. Over the next three years, our senior leaders and founding pastors will retire — first Bill and Cheryll Hanawalt this August, and then Steve and Cindy Nicholson at the end of the three-year period. In March we will vote to affirm Ted Kim as the new co-Senior Pastor, a position he’ll serve in for one year, at which time he will presumably become the sole Senior Pastor as Steve transitions to a new role on staff, and then retires soon after.
This is an important moment in our history. We are excited to invite new voices in leadership. And we want to see God do more in and through us. We want to see breakthrough, new vision for the future of our church, new ministries created, more people committing their lives to following Jesus through baptism, more people experiencing the life-changing power of God’s mercy and truth.
Similarly, the national Vineyard movement, our larger church family, is at a significant place in their story as well. Churches all over the US are transitioning to a new generation of leaders and vision. We are ready for this new chapter, but we need God to lead us through it.
When we are in this place, God invites us to “Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient path, ask where the good way is and walk in it and you will find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16a). Intentional prayer and fasting allow us to stand, look, ask, walk and rest in what God has for us.
Between May 28–June 30, we are inviting our entire church to join in with a national prayer and fasting period.
Download the Prayer + Fasting calendar and handbook for daily prayer prompts, thoughts on what to fast from and much more.