Adjusted Plan for Transitional Senior Pastor

by Nicole Cueno, Senior Director of Finance and Operations

Members of the Transitional Senior Pastor (TSP) search committee have been hard at work since late summer, to try to have a TSP in place by early 2024. Not surprisingly, it has been difficult to find a candidate who has transitional ministry experience, is familiar with and flourishes in a large, urban church setting, and who is in a life circumstance that would allow them to come to Minnesota, on short notice for a relatively short amount of time.

The TSP search committee developed a list of possible names from across the country and worked their way through it. In the past two months, they interviewed five candidates, and selected two final candidates, neither of whom will be joining Westminster. The TSP search committee is shifting its focus, and while the search is not suspended, they are looking for creative ways and potential options to provide the needed support to cover the areas the clergy, staff, and members have been covering since November 1. One such option is to find a few people who can fill certain aspects of the role in a more part-time capacity, likely drawing from a more local pool of resources and hopefully on a shorter timeline than the continued national search would produce.


With this option in mind, beginning in April, Westminster member and Scholar for Adult Education the Rev. Dr. Matthew Skinner will step into an additional role to support preaching. This will not affect his responsibilities with Adult Education, where he will continue to serve fully and work closely with Margaret. Matt will serve as Preacher-in-Residence, preaching about two times per month through 2024 and will work with clergy and musicians to develop preaching themes for worship.

We continue to receive guidance from church consultant Susan Beaumont and are prioritizing ways to engage the unique opportunities for reflection and growth of this transitional time. The TSP search committee will continue to provide updates on the search and other options as they unfold.

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