At our last Family Meeting, we shared with the church our first group of lay elder (or “congregational pastor”) nominees. Below is a brief summary of what we shared at that meeting. We hope this information will help you as you prayerfully consider these nominees. And of course, if you have further questions, please let us know.
- What are “congregational” pastors?
Congregational pastors are non-staff pastors. We may also refer to them as “lay elders.”
- Why does Immanuel have congregational pastors?
Adding congregational pastors helps us shepherd more people personally. They are also meant to provide balance and accountability to the leadership of the church.
- How do congregational pastors differ from staff pastors?
Congregational pastors focus primarily on shepherding and congregational care. (See section 18.104.22.168 of the Bylaws.)
- Is a congregational pastor a paid position?
No. Congregational pastors serve on a voluntary basis.
- How long do congregational pastors serve?
They serve for four years at a time. After two consecutive terms, they must take one year off. After that, they are eligible to be nominated again.
- Who are the nominees?
Tommy Cook. Tommy is married to Cindy and has two grown daughters. Tommy is a gifted teacher of God’s Word and has a passion to see God’s people transformed by it. Elsewhere, he has has served as a Sunday School teacher and deacon. At Immanuel, Tommy is involved in shepherding a Community Group of young marrieds.
Chris Beach. Chris is married to Toby. They have two children, Reagan (10) and Andrew (8). Chris is gifted in discipling and providing shepherding care for God’s people. He has been led men’s groups, small groups, and missions teams. At Immanuel, Chris serves as a Community Group leader and as a teacher in Immanuel Kids.
Scott Rogers. Scott is married to Debi. They have two grown daughters. Scott is gifted in teaching, preaching, and counseling. He served as the lead pastor of Pine Valley Church in NY for 12 years. At Immanuel, Scott leads a Community Group, teaches a Core Seminar, and has preached in the Sunday Gathering.
Rob Gillen. Rob is married to Julie. They have four children: Erika (13), Matthew (12), Bobby (10), Dakota (8). Rob is gifted as a Bible teacher and as a disciple-maker. Rob currently serves as a Community Group leader, teaches a Core Seminar, and leads a men’s discipleship group.
Sherrell Greene. Sherrell is married to Becky. They have two grown children. Sherrell is gifted in teaching and wisdom. He has a passion to disciple believers, especially younger believers. Sherrell currently teaches a Core Seminar and leads a Community Group.
- How did you evaluate these candidates?
Derek and Jared have been evaluating these men over the last several years as they have served in various leadership roles at Immanuel. These men have also participated in a preparatory small group with Derek and Jared, completed an extensive theological questionnaire, and been interviewed with their spouses.
- What should I do if I have a concern or a question?
Please contact Jared or Derek with any questions or concerns by Sunday, March 10th.
- What happens next?
After a season of prayer, the congregation will vote on the nominees at our next Family Meeting.
- What should I expect from the congregational pastors once they are installed?
Congregational pastors will work to care for the congregation. They will pray for church members by name. They will be available to provide counsel. And within the Elder Council, they will help provide wisdom for the ongoing oversight and direction of the church.