General Director

General Director

Transition Updates

On April 24, 2023, Jim Lyon announced his intention to step out of the role of General Director of Church of God Ministries at the completion of his term in 2025. Read the full letters from Jim and Ministries Council Chair Esther Cottrell here.

IMPORTANT UPDATE

On April 15, 2024, Esther Cottrell (General Assembly Chair) and Efrain Cirilo (Search Team Chair) shared an important update regarding the General Director search process.

Cited in their letter: Executive Summary of the Vista Landscape Survey administered in Fall 2023.

PRAYER GATHERING

Join us for the next Prayer Gathering on Monday, August 5 at 8:00 PM (EDT), hosted by National Association Women of the Church of God.

– Stay tuned for more details –

QUESTIONS?

Questions or concerns can be emailed to the Search Team at Search2025@chog.org, and they will respond as they are able.

Please join us in prayer for wisdom for the Search Team and Ministries Council as they lead during this transitional pivot.

    • Pray for the Search Team as they shift their responsibility to that of searching across our movement for a transitional leader.
    • Pray for the Lord to begin to prepare and move in the heart of that person for the pivotal transition work.
    • Pray for the Movement to both live with hope for this new chapter of our tribe, as well as patience to wait on the Lord’s guidance.
    • Pray for the Church of God Ministries staff as they continue to work and serve the Church with excellence and commitment during this time of transition filled with questions and uncertainties.
    • Pray for the Ministries Council as they work together to understand  how to read the map on this holy journey.

FAQs

Who will appoint the transitional leader and what will that role encompass?

The Ministries Council will be responsible for identifying the transitional leader. The Search Team will be responsible for determining what that role will encompass. At the current time, the particular aspects of the role have yet to be determined.

How long will the transitional leader be in place?

The timeframe for when this transitional leader will be in place and how long they will serve is not known at this time.

What types of working structural models are you considering?

We’re prayerfully researching other successful models to help inform our decision-making.

What else should we expect during the transition?

It is the intention of the General Assembly to keep you as informed and updated as possible throughout this process. As the Search Team has updates, they will be communicated through Church of God Ministries’ regular channels. As of now, all events, programming, and other General Assembly-related business will continue as normal.

I have questions about this transitional pivot. Who can I contact?

Any questions or concerns can be emailed to the Search Team at Search2025@chog.org, and they will respond as they are able.

Partner

NL Moore & Associates has been selected as the search firm by the Transition Team.

Plan

See the approximate timeline of the transition and search process.

Prayer

Tangible and intentional opportunities to join together in prayer.

Participate

The Landscape Survey is now closed. More opportunities to come.

The Search Team

  • Efrain Cirilo
    Efrain Cirilo
  • Geremy Dixon
    Geremy Dixon
  • Tim Clarke
    Tim Clarke
  • Jeff Stewart
    Jeff Stewart
  • Arnetta Bailey
    Arnetta Bailey
  • Jeannette Flynn
    Jeannette Flynn
  • Erin Taylor
    Erin Taylor
  • John Fozard
    John Fozard
  • Andrew Gale
    Andrew Gale

What’s Next?

A Transition Team has been appointed by the Ministries Council to plan out the remaining term of current General Director Jim Lyon, select a search firm to perform a landscape survey of the Church of God movement, assist with compiling a candidate profile, and form a Search Team for the new General Director of Church of God Ministries. 

TRANSITION TEAM

  • Efrain Cirilo
    Efrain Cirilo (Transition Team Chair); Ministries Council Vice-Chair
  • ESTHER COTTRELL
    ESTHER COTTRELL Ministries Council Chair
  • David Hoag
    David Hoag President of Warner University
  • Bob Oliver
    Bob Oliver Ministries Council
  • Ben Shular
    Ben Shular Church of God Ministries Chief of Staff

SEARCH TEAM

  • Efrain Cirilo
    Efrain Cirilo
  • Geremy Dixon
    Geremy Dixon
  • Tim Clarke
    Tim Clarke
  • Jeff Stewart
    Jeff Stewart
  • Arnetta Bailey
    Arnetta Bailey
  • Jeannette Flynn
    Jeannette Flynn
  • Erin Taylor
    Erin Taylor
  • John Fozard
    John Fozard
  • Andrew Gale
    Andrew Gale

PARTNER. PLAN. PRAYER. PARTICIPATE.

PARTNER

The Transition Team has selected NL Moore & Associates as the search firm.

PLAN

An approximate timeline of the General Director transition and search process:

PLAN

An approximate timeline of the General Director transition and search process:

  • June 2023 – Introduce the “Partner, Plan, Prayer, Participate” approach at the 2023 Convention & General Assembly
  • September 2023 – 
    • Ministries Council reviews potential additions to the Landscape Survey
    • Ministries Council reviews Search Team nominations and prayerfully discerns participants
    • Nancy Moore meets with the Ministries Council in Houston on September 19
    • Jim Lyon invited to participate in two personal assessments to better understand his gifts and strengths and how those have been used to lead
Rest of Transition Timeline:
  • October 2023 – Launch Vista Landscape Survey.
  • November 2023 – Zoom meeting with the Ministries Council to debrief the results of the Vista Landscape Survey on November 16.
    • Executive summary of the Vista Landscape Survey results prepared by NL Moore & Associates and delivered to Ministries Council to assist in communicating results to participants in January.
  • January 2024 – Communicate results of Vista Landscape Survey by sending out the Executive Summary to participants and/or posting it on the transition webpage.
    • Orient the Search Team by end of January.
    • Open a link for General Director nominations on the transition webpage.
  • January – March 2024 – Launch Interviews and Zoom Focus Groups with specific groups like Concilio Hispano, National Association, Regional Pastors, Universities, as well as Open Groups for anyone who would like to participate.
    • Interviews scheduled with staff.
    • Encourage candidate nominations via link on transition webpage that will send to NL Moore & Associates directly.
  • February – May 2024 –Search Team will meet monthly to pray and prepare for candidate interviews.
  • April 2024 – NL Moore & Associates will synthesize what has been learned through the Vista Landscape Survey, Interviews, and Focus Groups to create an accurate Candidate Profile for the General Director role.
  • May 2024– Candidate Profile (and Opportunity Profile) documents will be reviewed and approved by the Search Team and Ministries Council prior to the launch of interviews.
    • Search Team interview plan in place.
  • June – August 2024 – Candidates invited, interviewed, and assessed by NL Moore & Associates
  • August – September 2024 – The Presentation of Candidates is made to the Search Team
  • September – October 2024 – Search Team interviews with Candidates virtually and then in person.
  • October – November 2024 – Any additional assessments desired will be accomplished no later than this time frame (level 4 assessments; may occur earlier in the process).
  • December 2024– Ideally, the Candidate is selected by the end of 2024 or by March 2025.
  • March 2025 – The Ministries Council will ratify the selection of the finalist Candidate.
  • June 2025 – Jim Lyon’s tenure closes, and the new General Director is ratified by the General Assembly.

PRAYER

We are people led by God’s Holy Spirit, and we believe in the power of prayer. As we engage this time of discovery for who our next General Director will be, we must join together in prayer to intercede on behalf of those currently leading our movement, discern God’s directing voice, and advance the gospel of Jesus Christ through it all.

Below you will find prayer requests from Jim Lyon, Assembly Chair Esther Cottrell, and the Transition Team. These requests will be updated regularly to give you tangible ways to cover the search in prayer. You will also find upcoming opportunities to gather virtually for an intentional time of prayer led by leaders from the Movement.

Prayer Team lead by Pastors Melissa Pratt and Tim Gould

CURRENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Updated 2/16/24

  • Pray for General Director Jim Lyon as he and his wife are in deep conversation about their next chapter of ministry.  They are seeking and waiting upon the Lord even as they are negotiating and taking some next steps.
  • Pray for General Assembly Chair Esther Cottrell as she leads the Ministries Council through meetings in March. They are considering weighty matters of the transition among other things. Pray also for safe travel to Indianapolis.
  • Pray for Search Team Chair Efrain Cirilo as he and the Search Team are seeking the leadership of God’s Holy Spirit and counting on the intercession of the assembly. Pray for discernment in this task even as they navigate and balance responsibilities in their full-time work and homes.
ZOOM PRAYER GATHERINGS

Join quarterly prayer gatherings organized by the Prayer Team. These gatherings will be led by multiple voices from across the movement, while providing opportunity for interaction.

Upcoming Prayer Gatherings:

CURRENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Updated 7/11/23

  • Pray for Jim Lyon as he continues to follow up on all that convened at the Church of God Convention in Tampa, and for a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit leading to refreshment and empowerment.
  • Pray for the Transition Team and the Ministries Council as they begin to think, pray, and work together to form the Search Team.
  • Pray for NL Moore & Associates as they craft a movement-wide survey this fall.
  • Pray for our movement as we move toward a new chapter in leadership—that any anxiety will be replaced with hope, any fear will be replaced with faith, and any sense of disunity or apathy will be replaced with a collective sense of unity and mission.

ZOOM PRAYER GATHERING

Join quarterly Zoom prayer gatherings organized by the Prayer Team. These gatherings will be led by multiple voices from across the movement, while providing opportunity for interaction.

The first gathering is Saturday, August 19 at 1:00 PM EDT. Registration is required, so click below!

PARTICIPATE

The Vista Landscape Assessment (Fall 2023)

In order to build the right General Director candidate profile, input was gathered from every pastor or ministry leader who is a part of our Movement in order to understand and describe the health, vitality, and culture of our Movement.

Pastors, lay leaders, board chairs, full-time paid staff members, or ministry leaders who may engage in events or resources sponsored by our Movement were invited to complete a survey by November 6, 2023.

An executive summary of the results of the survey are expected to be shared early 2024.

The Transition Team

A Transition Team has been appointed by the Ministries Council to plan out the remaining term of current General Director Jim Lyon, select a search firm to perform a landscape survey of the Church of God movement, assist with compiling a candidate profile, and form a Search Team for the new General Director of Church of God Ministries. 

  • Efrain Cirilo
    Efrain Cirilo (Transition Team Chair); Ministries Council Vice-Chair
  • ESTHER COTTRELL
    ESTHER COTTRELL Ministries Council Chair
  • David Hoag
    David Hoag President of Warner University
  • Bob Oliver
    Bob Oliver Ministries Council
  • Ben Shular
    Ben Shular Church of God Ministries Chief of Staff

Questions?

Feel free to reach out to the Search Team at Search2025@chog.org 

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