For 58 years Pantano has thrived because of the quality and depth of its leadership. We have a great team of Elders that includes our Lead Pastor. Our staff and volunteer leaders are empowered and equipped to lead well. We have a staff and leadership structure that has proven over the last six decades that we can…
Why a Succession Now? | UPDATED DECEMBER 16, 2020
We have an Interview Team that is made up of a group of nine people, diverse in age, gender, and ethnic backgrounds. Glen has trained them to recognize the kind of person we are looking for and our culture at Pantano so they are able to assess if a candidate is a good fit. The Team has developed the first set of interview questions and have clarified the logistics of how the first interviews will be conducted.
We have been sent six potential candidates by the Slingshot Search Group that we have hired to do the initial vetting. The Interview Team has been given extensive profiles that include video teachings of each applicant. The Team will review those before the actual interviews, which are scheduled for the first two weeks of January. Please pray for the interview team and the six candidates to be interviewed. At this point, we will be keeping the candidates’ names confidential.
For 58 years Pantano has thrived because of the quality and depth of its leadership. We have a great team of Elders that includes our Lead Pastor. Our staff and volunteer leaders are empowered and equipped to lead well. We have a staff and leadership structure that has proven over the last six decades that we can weather the storms that have come on us such as the pandemic we are facing today.
Someone once said that every leader serves as an interim. Moses prepared Joshua to succeed him and take the promised land. Jesus focused on preparing the Apostles to establish the church. Succession is a normal aspect of any healthy organization. Glen Elliott, our current Lead Pastor, began preparing for his succession with the Elders four years ago. Knowing the time would come for our church to find her next lead pastor, he helped lead the Elders through a preparation process. This process was completed and put on the shelf until Glen and the Elders agreed to put the plan into motion.
Glen is turning 65 and is ready to begin the search process. This was his choice and he initiated it. No one asked him to step down from his current role. He wants to make this change when he’s at the top of his game, not when he or the church is in decline. This is the best time to make this transition. Glen is completely confident this is what’s best for our church and for him.
Glen and the Elders believe that for our church to continue to be healthy and to reach the emerging generations and to remain alive, vital, and relevant we need to have a younger leader. We are looking for one who will build on the success of our past and move us into the future as our Lead Pastor.
Glen wants everyone to understand this: He’s not intending to leave Tucson or Pantano. He is not retiring! He’s not tired, burnt out, or done in ministry. But with clarity and guidance from the Lord, he is entering a season of transition which we believe is God-ordained. Pantano has been a healthy church with significant influence in our community and world. Glen, the Elders, and staff believe that Pantano’s best days are still ahead, building on a healthy present and past! This is the right time to make this transition.
Please continue to love our church as you have. Continue to serve as you have served in the past. Continue to give as you have given. Continue to pray for our church, Elders, and staff.
Please pray that God will bring the best next leader to Pantano. He’s been faithful in the past in bringing the very leaders that we needed. Pray for the Elders and the search team as they interview candidates.
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