In the 35 years of serving in the Dakotas, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I have witnessed and been a part of every search for an executive director since Dewey Hickey. Some times the search took place as a result of a firing. Sometimes in the midst of acrimony. And sometimes in an atmosphere of distrust and even anger.
More times than not the executive director spent the first months of his job trying to function without the help of the last executive director or in the midst of disharmony, wondering if the convention would hang together. I hope we can avoid this during this transition. I want to finish strong. I want to be a resource and help to my successor. I hope the next guy gets a great start and lead us to new heights.
So with that in mind what can we do to set the stage for this for a healthy transition.
I would like to urge you to do the following!
- Pray for the search committee
- Pray that God will reveal the person to the committee
- Pray for unity
- Pray for a smooth transition
- Pray for the staff
- Build a profile to inform your search
- Build a process so things can be done and in order
- Trust the people doing the search
- Trust the process and let it work
- Most of all - Trust God. Remember you cannot control everything but he is sovereign and he will bring the person to light!
- Don’t threaten
- Decide right now that you will remain committed to working together no matter who the person maybe
- Don’t threaten to pick up your toys and go home
- Help the next guy be a success
- Have patience and understanding
Share and Seek
- Seek don’t manipulate
- Reject any ones else’s attempts to do so
- Don’t let people inside or outside the Dakotas manipulate the process and don’t let the candidates do so or their advocates
- Share names of possible candidates, ask for resumes, advice and help, but above all:
- Seek God’s will not your own
- Seek God’s man not your man
At the end of this process we want to be able to stand before the convention and say without a doubt we have found God’s man. And we want the man we call to be able to say, “because of the process, because of seeking God and seeking his face, I am certain I am where God wants me.” That way he will know that he is here not as a sole result of man or manipulation but as a result of God moving in his life and the life of our convention.
Let’s walk through these months of discovery depending on God and praying for each other.