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Updates

February 16, 2021 - Small Group Discussions in February and March

Interim Senior Pastor, Kim Clayton, will hold live conversations about Trinity’s Mission Statement. If you are not in a small group that has discussed the Mission Statement and would like to engage in a small group discussion, please register for one of these gatherings. These small group discussions are limited to 20 participants. For more information and to register, click here.

 

 

February 2, 2021 - Interim Update: The Way Forward

Join Interim Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Kim Clayton for a presentation on the interim process and the steps we will take in the coming months toward selecting a Pastor Nominating Committee and ultimately calling a new senior pastor. 

Watch the video.

 

November 12, 2020 - Future of Faith Series In this two-part series Guest speaker Rev. Mark Ramsey reflects on some of the biggest shifts in religious landscapes and what opportunities and challenges the church faces in the future.

Part I Video

Part II Video

 

November 9, 2020 - Small Group Discussion Guides As part of the interim work in the Pastoral Transition Process, small groups are asked to discuss the results of the CAT Survey using the guidelines in the small group discussion guide.

Survey Narrative Report

PowerPoint 

Small groups may email their comments and questions to TheWayForward@trinityatlanta.org

 

October 22 & 29, 2020 - CAT Survey Review  - As part of the interim work in the Pastoral Transition Process, a Congregation Assessment Tool Survey was conducted in September. This survey represents a step forward in the interim process by inviting congregational input and feedback. The results of the survey have been compiled and the Session and Trustees heard the results on Sunday, October 18. The entire congregation was invited to attend one of the survey reviews presented twice (duplicate sessions) in a live meeting via Zoom on October 22 and 29.

In-Depth Survey Interpretation (2 hours 40 minutes). Password protected. Contact Esther Patrick for the password.

Survey Team Interpretation (1 hour 8 minutes).

 

 

March 25, 2020 - Clerk's Corner - Clerk of Session, Alex Erwin, reports on the changes the church is making in response to the pandemic

 

February 12, 2020 - Clerk's Corner - Clerk of Session, Alex Erwin, reports on the recent visit of newly named Senior Interim Pastor Kim Clayton and other updates to the session on January 21. Kim's first day will be Monday, March 2, and her first Sunday in the pulpit will be March 8.  

 

January 27, 2020 - Greetings from Incoming Interim Senior Pastor - Message from the Rev. Dr Kimberly Clayton. 

 

January 23, 2020 - Pastoral Transition Update - Message from Frank Fuerst, Personnel Committee Chair and Alex Erwin, Clerk of Session regarding initial visit of Interim Pastor, Rev. Dr. Kimberly L. Clayton.

 

January 17, 2020 - Clerk's Corner - Clerk of Session, Alex Erwin, reports on the past two quarters including information about pastoral transition actions, the interim period, church funding, and the everyday good work of Trinity.  

 

December 16, 2019 - Interim Pastor Announced - Message from the Interim Pastor Hiring Committee

 

December 4, 2019 - Staffing News - George Stroup resigns Theologian in Residence effective December 31.  

 

November 18 2019 - Message from Acting Senior Pastor Richard Floyd. Four key questions identified for Trinity during this interim period and an announcement of his support for an interim pastor that comes from outside the system.

 

September 23, 2019 - Initial ZOOM Interviews Conducted, Three Candidates Invited for Face-to-Face Interviews

The IPHC has spoken with over 50 people to find the best candidates for our interim pastor. The Committee is thrilled to report that by the end of September, they will have conducted initial Zoom interviews of three outstanding candidates and expect to invite them to come to Atlanta for face-to-face interviews in October. Given the candidates’ schedules, we expect that an interim pastor would not start at Trinity until at least January.

 

September 9, 2019 - IPHC Sets Up Initial Interviews with Internal and External Candidates

The Interim Pastor Hiring Committee has been hard at work and meeting regularly. Over the last several weeks, committee members have spoken with leading Presbyterian ministers and Trinity friends and solicited recommendations for interim pastor candidates. The committee is excited about the extremely well-qualified and diverse pool of candidates. The committee is setting up initial interviews with internal and external candidates and will continue to search for others. The committee is committed to finding the best candidates, with God’s help. If you have any suggestions, please contact Lesley Carroll at lesleycarroll@comcast.net

 

September 11, 2019 - Update from the Acting Senior Pastor - "It's an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when they have lost their way." --Rollo May

 

August 16, 2019 - IPHC Finalizes Job Description for Interim Pastor

The Interim Pastor Hiring Committee (IPHC) met August 14th and finalized the job description for the Interim Pastor. We will be doing a national search after the Session approves a Ministry Information Form (MIF).  We are considering candidates and will start scheduling initial interviews shortly.  The IPHC will meet again on August 21st.  If you have questions about the interim search, please feel free to contact Lesley Carroll at 678-570-3839 or lesleycarroll@comcast.net

 

August 14, 2019 -- Update from the Acting Senior Pastor

 

August 11, 2019 - Interim Search Underway 

Hiring an interim pastor is the responsibility of the Session, which named the following members to an Interim Pastor Hiring Committee: Lesley Carroll (chair), Bert Broadfoot, Steve Karasick, Allen Moseley, Susan Reese, Sarah Shoup and Juanita Watson.

This committee began its work in August 2019. It will likely take three to six months to hire an interim pastor.

An interim pastor is responsible for:

  • Leading the church and congregation through a process of reviewing and coming to terms with its history

  • Identifying and naming unresolved and potential sources of conflict in the congregation

  • Preparing the church for new leadership

The IPHC met July 31 for the first time. Joy Fisher, the Atlanta Presbytery consultant, and Steve Cashwell, the chair of the Presbytery's Committee of Ministries attended. The committee discussed the interim process and general parameters of the interim pastor position. The committee thinks that the position will have an 18-24 month contract. Lesley Carroll will draft a job description and the committee will meet 8/14 to discuss and finalize.  If you have questions about the interim search, please feel free to contact Lesley Carroll at 678-570-3839 or lesleycarroll@comcast.net

 

July 19, 2019 -- Email Update on Progress and Next Steps following the July 15 Session Meeting

 

June 21, 2019 -- Next Steps in Moving Forward -- Letter from Clerks of Session & Personnel Chairs

 

June 14, 2019 -- Next Steps -- Letter from Clerk of Session & Personnel Chair

 

June 13, 2019 -- Discerning My Call -- Letter to the Congregation from Rev. Pam Driesell

As part of the interim work in the Pastoral Transition Process, a Congregation Assessment Tool Survey was conducted in September. This survey represents a step forward in the interim process by inviting congregational input and feedback. The results of the survey have been compiled and the Session and Trustees will hear an interpretation of the results on Sunday, October 18. The entire congregation is invited to attend one of the survey reviews to be presented twice (duplicate sessions) in a live meeting via Zoom on October 22 and 29.
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