Beloved Gulf Coast Synod Leaders,
In this issue of Connections your will read that Pastor Blair Lundborg will be retiring next year. Blair has served faithfully as Assistant to the Bishop since Pastor Don Carlson retired six years ago. During his tenure he has helped well over half of our congregations find new pastors and deacons. He has overseen the candidacy process, SALMs and campus ministry. He has lovingly helped congregations in crisis or conflict. He has, with impeccable commitment and organizational skill, cared for much of the work of the church in this part of the country. I am deeply grateful for his service to the church. We will find an opportunity to thank him as a synod at some point next year.
This month we will begin by posting the opening and a position description. Watch for them on the synod web page. The posting will be up for about a month. Then we will have video interviews before Christmas, followed by face-to-face interviews after the first of the year. We hope to have a candidate by Spring. There is no requirement that the Assistant to the Bishop be ordained, though this has been extremely helpful. There is no bilingual requirement, though that would be an asset.
Take some time to pray about the kind of leadership you would appreciate in this position. If you are interested let us know. If you know of someone who might be suited for this work, encourage them to prayerfully consider it. And while you’re at it, say a word of thanks to Blair.