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.
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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 have their first baby: Jonathan David Burgio Jr. born August 24, 2017.
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.
The Love Joy Fall 2017 Newsletter is released.
Pastor Ron hands over the Love Joy Church lead pastor “football” to Jonathan.
The date of the official installation service is yet to be determined.
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?They will continue to lead the church throughout the transition period until January 1, 2018.
After Pastor Jonathan is installed as lead pastor what will be Pastors Ron & Judy’s roles?Pastor Ron continues as senior pastor with a focus on pastoral care, Pastor Judy as associate pastor, overseeing Kids’ Church and adult education. Pastor Ron continues to use his apostolic authority and influence, not just in the Buffalo area but throughout the nations, ministering to pastors and leaders.
What kind of changes should I prepare for?Pastor Jonathan’s desire is to simplify and clarify the process of discipleship at Love Joy Church.
- Fall 2017 Newsletter
Exciting updates on the Love Joy Church pastoral transition. Click here to see the newsletter.
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Operation Christmas Child – Drop off deadline: November 19, 2017
Fill a shoebox with toys, hygiene items and school supplies and participate in Operation Christmas Child. Each shoebox gift opens doors for a boy or a girl to hear the Good news of the Jesus Christ. Visit the table in the lobby for more information. Drop off day is Sunday November 19th & please include a $7 shipping donation .
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First Wednesday – December 6, 6:30 PM
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