New Senior Pastor Call Process

Pastor David Brighton Called to be New Senior Pastor

On Sunday, October 8, The Voters Assembly voted unanimously to call Pastor David Brighton of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Warner Robins, GA to be our new senior pastor.

 Pastor Brighton graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1982. He served two other congregations before he was called to serve as the sole pastor of Mount Calvary in 1999. His congregation is similar in size and church attendance to Timothy. He has a Director of Christian Outreach, part-time directors of Music and Children’s Ministry, two SMP vicars and a retired chaplain who helps serve the Karenni (Burmese) immigrant community. Mount Calvary does not have a school, but does run an after-school tutoring program.

The Call Committee unanimously recommended that the congregation call Pastor Brighton for a variety of reasons:

Relational approach to ministry

Achieves congregational consensus before moving forward with new initiatives, focusing on Connecting People to Jesus

Traditional and contemporary worship experience

Preaching style that speaks to a range of listeners

Experience with New Americans (Karenni fellowship worships separately but also together with traditional congregation)

Very energetic, plans to continue in fulltime ministry for 8-10 years

We have invited Pastor Brighton and his wife to visit Timothy in the next few weeks. More information about that visit, which may not happen until early November, will be provided as soon as possible. At this time, please pray for Pastor Brighton, Timothy and Mount Calvary.

The Call Committee has summarized pastoral profile forms completed by Timothy’s lay leaders—Elders, Council members, and the Call Committee. Those forms have helped the Committee identify some key characteristics and skills that we will look for. The following were rated highly, with a great deal of agreement among the congregation’s leaders:

Personal Characteristics:                     Pastor Skills:

Leadership                                               Preaching content

People Skills                                            Preaching delivery

Patience                                                  Teaching ability

Tact                                                        Worship development/leadership

Cooperation                                            Lay leadership development

                                                              Counseling

 

Ministry Description-Senior Pastor of Timothy

The Senior Pastor provides spiritual leadership to the congregation as he promotes the vision of the congregation, a culturally diverse St. Louis City church serving as a bold witness to the saving grace of God through Jesus. He guides, actively participates in and evaluates the implementation of its mission, leading us in

i. creating a spirit of acc

eptance that welcomes, respects, and cares for the needs of all;

ii. creating unity of a shared faith in Jesus Christ, while embracing the diversity reflected in the beauty of God’s creation;

iii. authentic worship rooted in solid Biblical preaching and teaching, with the proper distinction made between Law and Gospel, and the right administration of the sacraments, all in accordance with the Lutheran Confessions.

iv. equipping, training, and preparing God’s people to use their gifts, abilities, and resources to serve those around them in their everyday lives and sharing Jesus with those who don’t know him.

He works directly and in harmony with the Board of Elders to ensure that the spiritual welfare of the congregation is maintained through its worship life, the preaching of the Word, and the administration of the Sacraments. He provides administrative leadership, organization and direction of the ministry team, and is responsible for its evaluation. He collaborates with Word of Life School and other community organizations and church agencies. He is accountable to the Board of Elders and Church Council and reports to the Voters Assembly.

 

 

Members of the Timothy Call Committee

Elders: John Hagan, Cyril Loum, Brian Rush

Council Members: Ed Ewertowski, Judith Meyer (Chair), Ted Wuerffel

At Large Members: Jennifer Ebeling, Terri Myers, Tim Saleska

Missouri District Advisor: Pastor Terry Weinhold

 

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