As you might expect, there is a lot of activity going on behind the scenes as we move into the transition period after Ralph’s departure. We would like to use this space in the weekly Newsletter to provide periodic updates on some of these activities. While much is still a work in progress, we understand that communication and transparency is important as we navigate the next phase of Riverside’s story.
Planning for worship services for the Advent season and on into January began in November, with our staff working with Ralph to make sure that our time together continues to be God-honoring and meaningful. We are impressed and encouraged at the care that the all the staff takes to prepare each week to deliver a scriptural message supported by all aspects of the service.
We have been working with the Central Conference to identify candidates to serve as an interim senior pastor. The advice that we have received is to consider bringing on an Interim for a period of up to a year, in order to have enough time to discern what Riverside is looking for in the next Senior Pastor and to allow sufficient time to conduct a search. This week, the Leadership Team and staff will be meeting with Peter Sjoblom, Associate Superintendent of the Central Conference, who will be traveling to West Lafayette. This meeting will be the next step in defining what the transition plan will look like and how we can all work best together to make it a reality.
There will be more details to share in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I ask for a few things. First and foremost, your continued prayers for God’s guidance for staff and the LT as we move through this process. We are under no illusion that we can navigate this transition relying on our abilities alone. Second, for your patience. This will no doubt take longer than we would like, but it is important that we take the all the time needed. Lastly, your input. Please contact any members of the staff or LT (at [email protected]) with questions, concerns, suggestions, or support.
Yours in Christ,
Riverside Leadership Team ([email protected])
Brett Giltmier (chair)