Lead Pastor Transition
After over three decades as Lead Pastor, Dr. Ron Burgio is transitioning the leadership of Love Joy Church to his son Jonathan Burgio.
Interested in how this came to be and where we’re going from here?
Pastor Ron asks guidance and prayer from apostolic leaders such as Terry King and Tommy Reid regarding succession planning and to provide spiritual insight.
At the age of 69, Pastor Ron begins to prepare a document of transition for succession planning. Simultaneously Jonathan and Nicki begin praying for guidance of what to do after they fulfill their commitment to lead BASIC College Ministry.
Jonathan receives several exciting job offers to become lead pastor at other churches but decides that his place is at Love Joy Church.
Pastor Ron presents the first draft of a succession plan to the Love Joy Council of Elders for their prayerful input. The agreement is unanimous that Jonathan should come back on staff. The topic is discussed at each successive elders’ meeting as the succession plan is fleshed out.
Pastor Ron announces to the church that Jonathan will be joining the pastoral staff in the fall of 2017.
The Love Joy Spring 2017 Newsletter communicates the details of the plan to the congregation. The elders unanimously approve the final draft of the Succession Plan.
The Annual Communication meeting is held where active members will be able to vote in affirmation of Jonathan Burgio.
The Love Joy Summer 2017 Newsletter gives an update on the transition. Jonathan’s official ordination will take place at Love Joy Church.
Jonathan and Nicki expect the arrival of their first baby, a boy.
Jonathan joins the pastoral staff as executive pastor, assuming full responsibility for the church business affairs including a review of the staff handbook, a review of all policies and procedures and preparing the operating budget for 2018.
Pastor Ron hands over the Love Joy Church lead pastor “football” to Jonathan.
Frequently Asked Questions
What was the process for hiring Pastor Jonathan?Besides growing up at Love Joy Church as the son of the pastors, Jonathan is currently an elder and the treasurer of Love Joy Church. He has been a guest speaker many times and has been known to some of our members and elders his whole life. At elders’ meetings he has shared his vision and passion for the growth of the church. Over a period of five months our elders met, prayed and sought the Lord for confirmation of the transition process.
What distinguishing factors led to Pastor Jonathan being selected as Pastor Ron’s successor?
- Track record of biblical character & integrity.
- Healthy marriage and family life.
- World-class preaching and teaching gift.
- Doctrinal orthodoxy and maturity.
- Organizational leadership capacity.
- Strong value for global missions.
- Philosophy of ministry for evangelism, discipleship, small groups and leadership development.
- Ministry leadership experience as executive director of BASIC College Ministry.
- Honor for his parents and a desire to continue their vision to Work Together to Win Buffalo to Christ.
What are Pastors Ron & Judy doing next?
After Pastor Jonathan is installed as lead pastor what will be Pastors Ron & Judy’s roles?
What kind of changes should I prepare for?
Women’s Picnic – August 19 – 4 to 6 PM
Ladies, you are invited to Pastor Judy’s home in Clarence for a picnic, Saturday, August 19th from 4pm-6pm. Bring your daughters as the pool will be open! Pick up a flyer and RSVP in the lobby. Last name A-L bring an entree and M- Z a dessert.
NEXT STEP – One Day Class – September 23, 9 to noon
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