When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them.
- Acts 15:4, NIV
Last week I shared that we are resuming Session updates by passing along important decisions and information from the meetings. The August 24 meeting was a continuation of the previous August 17 meeting's agenda. Because of the length of the last meeting and the Session's desire to give its full attention to what is a very difficult decision that involves our staff, the Session wanted a separate meeting to discern God's will for Johns Creek Presbyterian Church in these important matters.
Your Session met for this Called Meeting via "Zoom" teleconferencing. The purpose was to continue a review of the proposed Contingency and Long-range Personnel plans recommended by the Personal Committee and the Stewardship Ministry Team. Due to the nature of the material which affected personnel, the Session voted to go into executive session. Guests who were pertinent to the discussion were then invited to attend the closed session.
The first item discussed was a proposed Contingency Plan which involved: 1) the temporary furlough of some of our support staff; 2) a 10% percent reduction on salary applied to our non-ordained staff not affected by the furlough, and 3) a 10% requested "give back" of salary from our ordained pastors. This plan would be implemented in the event of unforeseen, extreme circumstances affecting the church finances. The Contingency Plan was moved, presented and discussed. The motion to approve the plan passed.
The Session then considered a proposed Long-range Plan. The plan recommended a change in the Director of Christian Education (DCE) position to be reclassified as a part-time position. The DCE position would also be re-titled and updated with a new job description which better addresses our church's present mission and needs.
The plan also proposed the dissolution of the Associate Pastor for Congregational Care position. This would result in the ending of the pastoral relationship with the Rev. Neal Kuhlhorst, presently serving in the position. (Rev. Kuhlhorst will still serve as the Director of JCPC Counseling Center.) This change will require congregational approval prior to a proposed January 1, 2021 implementation date. The plan was moved, discussed and approved. Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (email@example.com)