Winter of 2018
Randy Pope announced to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and the Elder Ministry Team (EMT) that he felt it was time to announce and take the steps necessary to transition him from lead teacher and directional leader. Randy gave these three reasons as the primary factors for making the transition within this timeframe:
Next Stewardship Initiative: Randy felt strongly that the next stewardship initiative (coming up in the fall of 2019) needed to have the vision and emphasis for the next leader, and not one who would transition out of it in the middle of that two-year ministry period.
Greatest IMPACT: Realizing that his years to effectively serve in ministry were getting fewer, Randy wanted to do what he thought would have the greatest impact in the time remaining. He knew there were other great teachers who could support the teaching ministry of the church, but God has uniquely gifted him to have impact through envisioning and teaching other church leaders in the arena of life-on-life missional discipleship.
40 Years is a “good run”: From the very beginning of his vision for planting a church, Randy had 40 years as a target length of time to lead and give direction to a church.