Update from our Lifeboard | 8.22.21

Lifehouse Church,

With Pastor Tony’s last day quickly approaching, we know lots of you have questions/concerns about who will replace him. As we’ve shared previously, since Lifehouse is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, there is an appointment process that we are obligated to follow. Many of you have asked if Pastor Connor or Pastor Seth will be taking Tony’s position. They will remain in their current roles with their same responsibilities.

Currently, our Northeast Indiana Conference Superintendent, Russ Able is facilitating the search for our next Lead Pastor. That official appointment will not occur before Tony leaves on Aug 31st. Therefore, Lifehouse will have an Interim Pastor. Russ and the Conference are also working on finding an interim that fits our needs. At this time, the length of that Interim Pastor is unknown.

So, what happens if the Conference can’t find an interim before Pastor Tony leaves? Who will lead the church? Pastor Seth, Pastor Connor & the Lead Ministry Team will continue to guide Lifehouse using our core values and overall vision. The Lifeboard has complete confidence in their ability to do just that.

We understand that for many of you, this process is a unique way of hiring. You may still have questions/concerns. We encourage you to reach out to any Lifeboard member to ask your questions or to share your concerns. You can do this in a variety of ways…give any of us a call, stop us after church, send an email to Lifeboard@Lifehousefw.com. You can stay up to date with any additional information that occurs on the Lifehouse Website. We want to be as transparent as we can be, in this process with you.

Your continued prayers for our Lifehouse staff and the decisions that need to be made by the Lifeboard are appreciated.

Lifeboard Members
Abby Tigulis-chair
Malea Kruse
Jay Redding
Missie Ritonya
Tim Grossman
Mike Muter
Dan Weirich

Update from our Lifeboard | 7.29.21

Lifehouse Family-

The Lifeboard and staff have been working diligently with the Conference Superintendent to help choose our next Lead Pastor. We feel it’s important that you know the process of how the new Pastor is chosen AND where we are at in that process.

In the United Methodist church, there is a very specific process as to how Pastors are appointed to churches. That process involves the Conference Superintendent (CS), the Bishop of the UMC, and the Bishop’s cabinet. The CS meets with the church staff and church leadership to get a feel as to what traits and characteristics are needed in their next pastor. The CS then shares all that information with the Bishop and his Cabinet. The Bishop and Cabinet then use that information to find a match with a Pastor with the traits and characteristics we requested. Once that match has been made, the Bishop will appoint that person to be our new Lead Pastor. After that appointment, the CS will bring the new Pastor to meet with the Lifeboard. The final step will be introducing the new Pastor to the Lifehouse community.

The Conference Superintendent has met with Lifehouse Staff and the Lead Team staff and discussed what they feel is needed qualities and characteristics in our next lead pastor. He also met with the Lifeboard to discuss Lifehouse’s core values and beliefs. Along with those core values, the Lifeboard has filled out a Church Profile document sharing information about our church, community, traditions, beliefs, and needs. That document will be sent to the CS and he will share it with the Cabinet during their August meeting. We do not know a specific timeline as to when the Cabinet will make an appointment. In the in between time, the Bishop may appoint an interim part time pastor to help staff in a variety of ways. Even in this time of uncertainty, we the Lifeboard have immense confidence in the Lead Team and staff during this transition.

We know this process seems very different from the way other positions in the church have been filled. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the Lifeboard at lifeboard@lifehousefw.com. More information will be shared whenever it becomes available. Transparency is important to us.

Lifeboard members will be available at all three campuses on Aug 1st and Aug 8th after services, if you’d like to speak more about this. We ask that you continue to pray for this process. Pray for the Bishop, his Cabinet, and our CS. Pray for whoever God is calling to be our new Pastor. Also, pray for the church that will be losing their Pastor, so that we might gain one.

Praying with you,
Lifehouse Lifeboard
Abby Tigulis-Chair
Malea Kruse
Dan Weirch
Jay Redding
Mike Muter
Tim Grossman
Missie Ritonya
David VanGilder