The planning phase focused on clarifying our needs and pursuing a wise transition process. It involved:
- consulting with outside firms, other large churches, the district superintendent, and other key leaders;
- establishing priorities for the leadership transition;
- sourcing candidates (internally and externally); and
- seeking God's wisdom and leadership throughout. Additionally, this entire process was under the supervision of our CMA District Superintendent Jeff Brown, who has been responsible for filling more than 200 pastoral positions.
Two priorities emerged in the planning phase: 1) continued pursuit of AAC's vision, and 2) preservation of our DNA/culture. These priorities led us to look within the CMA denomination. The process of sourcing candidates quickly identified Pastor Brian as both the strongest candidate and God's clear choice.