Transition – Passing the Baton of Leadership

In the fall of 2013 I had prayerfully come to the conviction that God had equipped and positioned Rajendra to someday be our next Senior Pastor. I began a quiet dialogue about this conviction with our Trustee Chair, Lori Ermi…

Transition - Passing the Baton of Leadership

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In the fall of 2013 I had prayerfully come to the conviction that God had equipped and positioned Rajendra to someday be our next Senior Pastor. I began a quiet dialogue about this conviction with our Trustee Chair, Lori Ermi and our Lead Elder, Paul Foss. The dialogue continued with successive Elder and Trustee chairs for two more years, until we asked Rajendra to prayerfully consider this calling. He and Erika did—for nine months!
Rajendra expressed his sense of God’s leading in this, and we then took it to all the Elders. There was unanimous consent. Ultimately the Elders and Trustees in a joint meeting, made the recommendation to the congregation to affirm Rajendra’s role and calling. After three congregational meetings, you have overwhelmingly affirmed that recommendation.
Now, this weekend at our three worship services, it is our pleasure together as a congregation to formally and prayerfully install Rajendra into his new role as Senior Pastor of Damascus Road Community Church. This is a moment in the life of our community, the culmination of seven years of prayer, dialogue and reflection, that you don’t want to miss. Pray for Rajendra as he steps into his new role as the chief servant of this whole body of Christ (see Matthew 20:25-28). He is ready…

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