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.
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?
Faith Promise: May 2017- to April 2018
We are in our missions emphasis series with a goal of raising $8,000 per month for missions support. On May 7th we will collect the faith promise cards for missions giving over the next 12 months. Our next missions offering will be on May 21 and then every month on the 3rd Sunday.
FirstWednesday: Prayer Night – May 3 at 7 to 8:30 PM
We invite you to experience more of God’s presence with us! Our Prayer nights are a great way to press in for more of God, hear His voice more clearly and strengthen your prayer life. ‘If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you’ (Matthew 18:19-20).
National Day of Prayer – May 4 various locations
Thursday, May 4th, is National Day of Prayer. Join with other believers at one of these locations:
- Niagara Square, downtown Buffalo across from City Hall from 12pm to 1:30pm
- Lancaster Town Hall from 12pm to 1pm
- Hyde Park Niagara Falls from 6pm to 8pm
Taste of Nations – May 7 at 11:30 AM in the Café
To celebrate missions at Love Joy everyone is invited to our annual ‘Taste of Nations’ lunch. Please bring a finger food to share from your ethnic background. We’d appreciate it if you would stop at the table in the lobby and let us know what you are bringing.
Ladies Spring Luncheon – May 13, 12 noon at Salvatore’s
Ladies you are invited to the W2W Spring Luncheon on Saturday, May 13th at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Rd, Depew, NY 14043. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at this premier fine dining restaurant. Bring your loved ones. Lunch will be served at 12 noon.
Tickets must be pre-purchased in the lobby. $23 adult buffet, $18 plated child’s meal.
Friday June 9th, 2017
Pentecost Together at the Key Bank Center in downtown Buffalo.
Just as so many in the Body of Christ historically gathered on Good Friday, 2013 for “Good Friday Together”, we now have the opportunity to gather and celebrate “Pentecost Together.” We will have more details soon about this event.
Pick up a devotional for $2 in the lobby at Love Joy Church
Representative voices from all walks of the Body of Christ in WNY have been pulled together in one format to offer the greater Body of Christ the opportunity to be enriched and challenged to live out the mission of Jesus in our region. To take this devotional journey from Resurrection Sunday to Pentecost is exceedingly timely. Pentecost is that time in the life of the Church where a diversity of people became a unity of believers, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to live out the mission of Jesus for the glory of God.
The devotional is also available online at www.churchofwny.com