Eugene Cho

church merger transition

This upcoming Sunday is a fairly monumental day for Quest church [and Interbay].  Our neighbors – Interbay Church – also our landlords – will be taking their 2nd and final vote to decide whether they will merge with and into Quest Church.  During the first vote, 82% of their membership (total adult congregation = 60 folks) voted to move forward to work on a ‘Transition Plan.’  This upcoming Sunday, they will vote on the ‘Transition Plan’ and ultimately, on the merger as it will only require 51% of the members’ vote.  The past couple months have been filled with meetings, prayers, discussions, and lots of hard work on the formation of this ‘Transition Plan.’ 

Because so many people have been interested in the progress of the ‘merger,’ I’ve attached some parts of the Transition Plan (minus certain confidential info and full names).  You can read two earlier posts to get a better context of the situation:  An Amazing Story and Church Merger.  I will share early next week the result of Interbay’s vote.  If they vote in favor of the ‘merger,’ the Quest membership will take a formal vote, and we will be one church as of June 1, 2007.  About six weeks away.  Wow.

Update: Interbay has voted to merge with Quest.

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… As one, new, diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-generational faith community we will more closely reflect Christ’s vision for the church and, consequently, be more effective and authentic in communicating the love of Christ. Quest has a demonstrated passion for urban ministry and for being a church that resonates with the emerging generation. They embody ministries of compassion and justice and creative ways of connecting with the urban Seattle culture. Interbay has a long and rich history in Seattle with a heart for local and global missions and “sending out” disciples. We have valuable experiences in ministry that need to be passed on to future generations. Our properties and assets are strategically located to serve a growing Seattle and a developing Interbay neighborhood. Together we can have a stronger, more vibrant and effective impact for the cause of Christ. The legacy we leave now will bear fruit for the kingdom of God and to the glory of God for many generations to come.  The following plan assumes a perspective that is multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and gender sensitive, taking into account the character, system of values and attitudes, some of which are unique to the Interbay community.  In that end, the purpose of this Transition Plan seeks to not only honor the Interbay Community but to be mindful of Quest Church’s ministry philosophy and vision. 

Church Name and Government.  The name of the church shall be Quest Church and the QC constitution shall be the governing document.  While Quest Church seeks to genuinely honor the history and legacy of Interbay Covenant Church, the name shall be called ‘Quest Church’ to articulate its mission to reach the larger city of Seattle and beyond. 

Church Membership.  Following ICC’s adoption of the Transition Plan, all ICC members on the roll at the date of adoption shall have their membership transferred to QC, with full voting privileges. Within one year following transfer of membership all former ICC members will be encouraged to attend a membership class for ICC members.  Regular ICC attendees will be invited to seek QC membership.  Special membership provisions are made for ICC’s “shut-ins,” out-of-town college students and missionaries. “Shut-ins” will remain on the membership roll. Out-of-town college students must attend a special QC orientation / membership class for ICC members and complete a QC membership application within two years following the merger. ICC’s supported missionaries will be contacted and asked to indicate their wishes. If desired, they will remain on the membership roll. 

Worship Services.  Any worship services to be held in the Interbay sanctuary will commence approximately four (4 to 6) weeks after ICC approves the Transition Plan. This is intended to give ICC time to honor and celebrate our history and prepare us to welcome and celebrate our new future with Quest Church at a worship service on June 3, 2007.

Schedule of Sunday Services: 9:30 am, 11 am and 5 pm.   a) The 9.30 am service shall be sensitive to the Interbay worship ethos and community, and will be held in the ICC sanctuary.  b)  Pastor George will continue his leadership as the worship pastor.  As such, he will have responsibility for leading and scheduling musicians, vocalists and soundboard technicians.  For the first six months following the merger, an intentional commitment of integrating ICC musicians and volunteers will take place.  c) For the first six months following the merger, the Interbay musicians shall be incorporated into the worship ministry and will be used as available and willing in the two morning services.  d) For the first six months following the merger, the Interbay worship leaders may lead as able. When they lead, they will have responsibility for music selection and coordinate the worship plan with both Pastor George and the appropriate teaching pastor.  e) Pastor Ray shall preach at the 9.30am service at least twice a month for six months following the merger.  After six months, Pastor Ray will join the teaching rotation with the other associate pastors.

Interbay’s Missionaries.  ICC’s missionaries will be financially supported at the 2007 budgeted level through 2008. After that time, the budgeting process of QC shall apply. 

Interbay Ministries (e.g., Prayer, Bible Studies, Small Groups, Women, College & Career, Youth) Ongoing ICC ministries will be identified and communicated to the Elder Board, including purpose, group leaders, participants, and schedule.  These ministries will be integrated into the larger mission of QC in order to utilize the gifts of the Interbay Ministries and to deepen the community and ministry of the church. 

Church Building, Furnishings & Equipment.  To minimize the degree of change for the Interbay congregation immediately following the merger, the sanctuary pews and other major furnishings will be retained through July 2007. However, to accommodate the anticipated attendance growth in September, the seating capacity of the sanctuary needs to be maximized. Consequently, during the month of August, the pews will be replaced with comfortable, attractive sanctuary chairs. Concurrently, other decorative changes will also be incorporated.

Filed under: church, emerging church, ministry, quest church

4 Responses

  1. Dan K. says:

    We’ll be praying for not only good results but a fruitful transition.

  2. daniel so says:

    Eugene — Thanks for keeping us updated and for the insider’s glance at the transition through which your churches are going. What a tremendous amount of planning and work — I feel tired just from reading 😉 But what a great witness of the power and love of Christ to reach across cultures and generations. May God richly bless this endeavor!

  3. Blake says:

    P.E.- I am amazed. I am amazed by the work that God is doing in our communities, and I am flat-out amazed by the graciousness and courage of the I.C.C. community going into this merger. Talk about humbling. There is no doubt in my mind that God is all over this. May all of us at QC honor our new ICC brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers in ways that do the justice. I cannot wait to begin journeying together with them.

  4. […] team, their constitution, and simply, their ‘ways of doing things.’  A well discussed ‘Transition Plan’ will be implemented to ensure that the most important asset in any church community – the people – […]

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Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Thanks for your prayers. 
I have numerous stories to share but for now, the following came up in every conversation with Iraqi/Syrian refugees:

1 Have tea with us. Or coffee. Or juice. Or something with lots of sugar in it. Or better yet, all of the above.
2 We want peace. We want security. 
3 We hate ISIS. 
4 We just want to go home.
5 Please don't forget us.

Please don't forget them... Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

I hope you follow along as I share photos, stories, and help release this mini-documentary. Please tag friends that might be interested.

Please pray for safety, for empathy, for humility and integrity, for divine meetings. Pray that we listen well; To be present and not just be a consumer of these vulnerable stories. That's my biggest prayer.

Special thanks to @worldvisionusa and @worldrelief for hosting us on this journey. 9/11
Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.

Today, I had some gut wrenching and heart breaking conversations about war, violence, and peacemaking. Mostly, I listened. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision having these conversations on 9/11 of all days. I wish I could share more now but I hope to later after I process them for a few days.

But indeed: Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.
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