In April 2021, Reverend Dr. John Ross announced his planned retirement from the ministry and as the Senior Minister of Wayzata Community Church. We have been blessed by his leadership and loving service for over 17 years. John’s message to our congregation is below.
In advance of his retirement later this calendar year, JR is fully supporting our transition plans and the upcoming pastoral search. The Executive Committee and Church Council are working together to plan for our next phase of pastoral leadership at WCC.
We are fortunate, too, that a small group of volunteers, guided by Tod Bolsinger from the Fuller Seminary, have been developing a strategic framework for WCC. Their work began last summer, and we will provide more information about the key themes and opportunities identified in this project. Their work has included surveys of the entire congregation, interviews of WCC members and members of the broader community, focus groups led by Tod, small group meetings, and some early stage ministry experiments.
This work will help to inform our pastoral leadership structure and the skills and attributes we will be looking for in our next minister. The next steps for the strategic planning project and the pastoral search will move down concurrent and intersecting paths. More information about the strategic planning work and the pastoral search milestones will be provided in the near future.
We expect to form a Pastoral Search Committee later this summer, and will respond to any specific questions that you may have about the search process. Please feel free to send your questions to email@example.com.
In spite of this pastoral transition and the challenges created by the COVID pandemic, we have a deep sense of excitement for and commitment to our mission. We will be awarding our first DOUGH grants in early June, have a robust Summer Camp program underway, and look forward to a full summer Worship schedule.
We are grateful for your support and your prayers.