Lead Pastor Status FAQs
These FAQs were developed from member feedback received as of May 25, 2018. Additional questions will either be addressed as updates to this FAQ or in a members meeting context.
Is PJ still employed by CLC?
Yes. PJ’s employment was never terminated.
Is PJ still the Lead Pastor (LP)?
PJ has not been functioning as LP since the elders decided to part ways on April 21. He has been carefully considering whether to re-engage as LP since the elders rescinded that decision on May 3.
Has PJ made his final decision whether to stay as LP?
PJ will come to a final decision by Sunday June 10.
Will there be any congregational involvement?
If PJ decides to re-engage as LP, he and a smaller group of elders (i.e. an interim board) will be presented to the congregation for affirmation.
Role of the Advisory Committee (AC)
What is the Advisory Committee doing?
The elders tasked this group, as stated in their charter, “to help PJ determine whether he can re engage as Lead Elder of Covenant Life Church, and what Board configuration would best facilitate that purpose.” To this end, the AC has spent significant time in dialogue with PJ and the other elders and made a number of recommendations.
Who is on Advisory Committee?
Myung Yi, Travis Earles, Michael Winn, Ed Stockton, and Jim Wilson.
Who selected them?
The elders, including PJ.
Was Board of Elders (BoE) unanimously supportive of their selection?
What qualifies them?
Committee members have proven their leadership expertise in other church contexts and were commended by the BOE for their initiative, maturity, and wisdom. They were among those who appealed to the elders to reconsider upon hearing of the decision to part ways with PJ. In part, their initiative qualified them to continue to serve the elders with their counsel. In addition, they have served in a number of leadership roles in the church. Myung Yi was vice chairman of the Lead Pastor Search Team and leads a small group. Travis Earles recently chaired the Local Missions Committee and has served as a small group leader and ministry team leader. Ed Stockton is the chairman of the board of Covenant Life School. Jim Wilson serves on the Financial Advisory Committee. Michael Winn helps to lead the Benevolence Committee and the Greeting Team.
Is BOE ceding authority to them?
The Advisory Committee does not have authority. They have been tasked to provide counsel and recommendations to PJ and the BoE.
Role of the Financial Advisory Committee (FAC)
What specific concerns did the FAC raise that the BOE didn’t previously consider?
The FAC raised significant concerns with the elders’ decision making process. Specifically, not inviting their counsel in such an employment decision with such significant financial implications especially given the church’s current financial position - the very counsel they are chartered as a committee to provide the elders.
Did intervention of the FAC and other lay leaders violate the Constitution?
No. The FAC simply counseled the elders in accordance with their charter. Any authoritative decisions were made by the elders in accordance with the constitution with no other parties present.
How and why was the FAC given access to this info before the congregation?
The FAC was made aware of the elders’ decision on Saturday April 28, the same day an email was sent to the church indicating a significant announcement the next day. Our standard operating procedure is to review any employment related issues with the Financial Advisory Committee in advance of making final decisions. In hindsight, the FAC should actually have been brought into these issues earlier than they were.
Did the elders change their mind because the members of the FAC are some of the biggest financial contributors to the church?
The elders do not know how much an individual contributes to the church financially, including the members of the FAC. Their counsel is weighty due to their wisdom and expertise on financial matters and their demonstrated commitment to Christ and Covenant Life Church.
Why has PJ not preached since March?
The preaching plan set up several months ago had PJ preaching regularly during the FORTY series in January, February and early March then taking a break for much of March and April. The preaching schedule basically followed that established plan, with one or two exceptions. Then in late April and May PJ did not preach in light of the decision to part ways and the process that has followed.
How many times is he expected to preach annually?
The job description states that the LP will preach between 25-35 times per year.
What is PJ’s relationship with the Preaching Team?
PJ has been actively involved in the preaching team throughout his tenure. He has brought ideas for preaching series to this team for initial feedback before presenting it to the rest of the elders and he has invited the team’s input before and after preaching (as other preachers do).