ELDER TEAM UPDATES

April 2021

As per the staffing update provided this past Monday evening at our Semi-Annual Meeting, Sharalee Voth will be transitioning out of her role in the church office over the coming months. We are starting the process of filling her role by seeking a part time Worship Coordinator to provide administration and leadership support to our Sunday services and overall Worship Ministry. View the full job description using the button below

March 2021

NOW HIRING
Director of Children’s Ministry

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January 2021

RESIGNATION FROM DEANNE POHL

Dear congregation,

We were saddened to have recently received Deanne’s letter of resignation. She is deeply loved and very much appreciated by us all. Here is her letter….
Dear Cam and Elder Team,
Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am resigning from my position of Director of Children’s Ministry with Arnold Community Church effective today, Dec 31, 2020.
I really want to thank each of you and the church for the opportunity to serve in this role these past 5 and a half years. Almost six! I have greatly enjoyed working with the people of our church, of all ages, and have loved growing in my leadership roles and shepherding gifts. I’m also grateful for the chance to also grow in administration and computer skills. I’m not sure where God is leading me but I know that the next steps will require faith and trust and doors will open for further ministry. There are no negative reasons for my leaving. It’s not even because of Covid. For the past few months I have sensed my time coming to an end with children’s ministry. I will be praying with you as to what the future of this role will look like. During my last weeks I will do everything possible to wrap up my duties and train others to carry on with children’s ministry. I’m open for discussion as to the length of this exit timeline but would prefer that it not extend beyond 8 weeks. 
May we continue to lean in to hear His Voice in this unknown season – it’s completely known to Him.
Deanne Pohl
The Plan Moving Forward:
The Elder Team is obviously saddened in receiving Deanne’s resignation letter. We have very much valued her leadership, her love of our children and families and her desire to disciple our kids in God’s word and prayer. We are glad that Deanne and her family will remain part of our community and look forward to how God will use her many gifts in other ways. The Elder Team will be meeting on Tuesday Jan. 12 to formulate a plan to both bless Deanne and to begin charting a way forward. We anticipate that many of you will want to express your appreciation in some way. Covid will make that a challenge but we are learning creative resiliency and will find a way. 
During the transition from Deanne to our new Children’s ministry director The Elder Team is working with Deanne to create a transition team and program. We will keep you posted on who the team will be and what the program will look like. Covid has severely curtailed our children’s programming for the last number of months and we don’t see the possibility of adding much to what we have been doing for the foreseeable future. But we do anticipate being able to restart the children’s ministry sometime later this year. With that in mind the Elder Team will create a strategic plan to evaluate the current needs of our church, create a job description and develop a hiring process. We will do this in consultation with you the congregation through whatever means are available for us to have these important conversations. Your input and feedback will be vital to this hiring process. God has always looked after us. He has always provided what we need and the people to accomplish His will among us. We will remain vigilant in anticipation in what He is doing among us and how He is leading us forward. Let’s all be in prayer for Deanne, our children, our new children’s ministry director and the Elder Team in this time of transition. If you have any questions please feel free to contact any one of the Elder Team.
With anticipation of God’s blessing,
The Elder Team
Ken, Jason, Ron F., Ron R. and Cam

October 2020

As per our discussion at this month’s AGM, the Elder Team has created a new Governance Manual to assist in providing clarity for authority lines within the church leadership, staff & volunteers. We are asking all church members to carefully read through the document and be prepared to vote on approving it at a future date.

July 2020

December 2018
20/20 VISION Momentum

“…in our love for God and others, we shall be primarily concerned with making
disciples of Jesus Christ. This goes beyond reaching people for Christ and includes
teaching, equipping, and developing them in their relationship with God and His
mission of redemption.”
(From our 20/20 vision statement)

Now for those of us who have been around for the last few years, we know there
have been a few bumps along the road to getting going on the vision that God has
given us. But with the hiring of Cam, who is keenly discipleship oriented this fall,
some of you have been asking, “What’s been going on for the last 3 months?! Why
aren’t we moving forward?” Well we can tell you that the Elder Team has been
busy! In addition to our regular ET meetings about every 3 weeks or so, for 8 weeks
in November and December weeks we met at 6am every Thursday at the church for
what has been named “Discipleship Boot Camp”. Can someone check the “sacrifice”
box please?? Cam lead us in learning basic principles of discipleship and disciple
making. We have been studying the Word each week and learning that, quite
frankly, for decades, we have had the wrong idea that we need to have “all the
answers” before we can properly disciple someone. Discipling should be done by
the “professionals”, right? Wrong. It has always been about ordinary people simply
following Jesus.

Anyhow, this change in our way of thinking is going to require us a change in our
DNA which will better align us to the Great Commission of “go and make disciples of
all nations…” (Matt. 28:19) Unfortunately, changing DNA is not a terribly fast
process. It takes time and considerable effort. Let me paint you a little picture in
hopes of helping you understand where we are. In the training that Cam has been
doing with the ET, there is an image of a sailboat with 7 sails. The 7 sails are the
different elements of a “Disciple Making Movement” or DMM. It is our jobs to hoist
those sails so that we can catch the wind of the Holy Spirit and really start moving
out to sea. But before we hoist the sails, we need to do the really hard work of
rowing our ship away from the dock, out of the harbor into open waters. Once we
are there, that’s when we hoist the sails and wait for the Holy Spirit to move us
forward.

Are we saying to NOT do anything until then? Absolutely not! Read the Word, pray
for opportunities, listen to the Spirit’s promptings, reach out to non-believers, keep
rowing, and trust that God is going to do something awesome in our church body as
we move towards becoming a church that is strategic in fulfilling the Great
Commission here in Abbotsford and beyond!

– The Elder Team