Q: With Doug’s retirement date moved to Dec
31, 2017, has the schedule changed for Peter’s transition
into the Senior Pastor role?
A: Yes, Peter will become the Senior Pastor on Jan 1, 2018. Peter and Doug continue to talk over the phone and will meet when Doug feels well.
Q: What is the transition plan between Doug and
Peter regarding Sunday First Hour classes?
A: Peter currently teaches the
Connections class during Sunday First Hour. We are currently gathering teachers to continue Doug's Sunday School class First Hour.
Q: What qualifications are we looking for in an
A: The Associate Pastor job
description is available from the church office, and includes requirements
regarding education, family, discipleship, and counseling. We are looking for someone who is a "people-person", can manage our discipleship process, can organize our evangelism efforts, and will help with the shepherding duties to our congregation.
Q: Who is on the Associate Pastor search
A: The Associate Pastor search
committee is comprised of Jeff Daniell, Kim Callaway, Thomas Hinson, Peter O’Neill, and Matt
Q: Will Doug disappear in January 1, 2017?
A: Doug will continue to attend Cornerstone while he is battle his cancer. We want to love him and Cheryl through this process. After Doug feels better, he may be gone for about a year to give Peter time to be established as
Q: What information can you share regarding
vision casting and future planning?
A: The current focus is on the
transition for the next year. Vision casting and future planning are coming, but
probably not until 2018 or 2019. Right now we are focusing on staffing our church for the future and developing this future vision and plan.
Q: Will the Associate Pastor be taking the
administrator responsibilities now performed by Lee Tate?
A: The gifts and skills of the
Associate Pastor may determine what responsibilities they end up assuming. The
administrative responsibilities are not presently a part of the Associate
Pastor job description.
Q: Are we waiting on the Associate Pastor hire
to move forward with the transition?
A: No. We are working towards a
smooth transition, focusing on keeping the core CBC ministries in place and
healthy. Remember that we have been through a transition already with Pastor Chuck
Taylor, who retired as Associate Pastor.
Q: Do we have plans to add to or rotate members
on and off the church elder board?
A: 1. The church
bylaws do not address term limits for church elders.
2. Doug will rotate off the CBC
board of elders January 1, 2018. The board is already looking at this.
3. The church bylaws specify a
maximum of elders. The board of elders currently has 7 members, which seems
to be a good functioning number.
Will the audio recordings remain on the CBC website?
A: 1. Yes. Doug has granted the church
permission to use his material, even after his retirement.
2. Doug will create his own
website in the future with other teaching materials.
Does Doug plan to put his sermons into book form?
A: Probably not, but he may work on
new books that will contain material he has used in sermons.
What can the church body do to support you?
A: 1. Pray
2. Continue to ask questions, either by
e-mail to the office, or directly to elders and staff
3. Go out of your way to support our staff, pastors, and elders. They are working very hard to make this transition smooth and God-honoring.
Where is this church headed?
A: Our mission has always been to passionately make disciples of Jesus Christ. We will continue to Find, Fold,
Feed, and Forward the people of God. We will disciple holistically from the head, to the heart to the feet. We will be focusing on staffing our church for the future, shaping our disciple-making process, engaging more CBC people in our community, continuing our deep, biblical preaching and teaching, as well as pursuing the future in unity and hope.