West Church Transition



Process Overview

  • April, 2017 - June, 2017 - Bridging International Mediation Process

  • June, 2017 - July, 2017 - Results of Mediation Communicated to West Church leadership and members

  • July 23, 2017 - Representation Team formed

  • July 31, 2017 - August 31, 2017 - Consolidated Criteria Summary prepared

  • September 9, 2017 - September 21, 2017 - Disciples Today Job Posting

  • September 25, 2017 - October 23, 2017 - Background Check / Candidate Screening Phase

  • October 23, 2017 - November 20, 2017 - Interview Phase

  • November 20, 2017 - Present - Decision-Making Phase

Chronology of Events

April-June, 2017 - [Process] - Toronto Staff Mediation; process provided by Bridging International

June 15, 2017 - [Process] - Mediation Concludes; Recommendations accepted by all involved

June 22, 2017 - [Email] - West Church extended leadership receives invitation from Ed Bahula to Friday night meeting with the stated intent to convey the concluding results of the mediation process.

June 23, 2017 - [Friday Night Meeting - West Church Extended Leadership] - West Church extended leadership first learns of the accepted conclusion of the mediation, namely that West Church lead evangelist, Kevin Hoecke, would no longer be leading the region.

June 24, 2017 - [Email] - An email (contents here) sent to West Church group leads inviting all members to Friday, June 30th meeting

June 26, 2017 - [Email] - A second email (contents here) with additional details of the Friday, June 30th meeting sent to West Church group leads

June 30, 2017 - [Friday Night Meeting - All Members] - Announcement to all members of mediation process and its conclusions, specifically the news that Kevin Hoecke is no longer leading the region.

July 10, 2017 - [Email] - An email goes out (contents here) inviting all members to a second Friday night meeting with the intention to give more details than were given at the June 30th meeting.

July 12, 2017 - [Email] - Information gets sent out to church (email contents here) encouraging members to book appointments with Steve and Tricia Staten so that a better picture of the needs and concerns within West Church can be obtained.

July 14, 2017 - [Friday Night Meeting - All Members] - Second meeting for members to hear results of mediation and ask questions. Steve Staten is present and initiates voting for representation team.

July 16, 2017 - [Process] - Voting for representation team concludes.

July 23, 2017 - [Sunday Service] - Representation Team announced to the congregation and purpose described. Click here for memo distributed that Sunday.

July 26, 2017 - [Email] - Update regarding process sent out (contents here) with soft-copy of attachment distributed on Sunday.

July 31, 2017 - [Process] - First conference call for representation team, together with SLT and Steve Staten discussing the initial task of identifying qualities and experience needed in a new lead couple for West Church.

August 2, 2017 - [Email] - Update regarding process sent out (contents here) with description of initial rep team call.

August 6, 2017 - [Process] - Rep Team Call with Steve Staten - discussing rep team criteria and Steve's criteria prepared from his interviews.

August 9, 2017 - [Email] - Update regarding process sent out (contents here) regarding progress made in past week and second rep team call.

August 16, 2017 - [Email] - An email sent out (contents here) announcing Sept. 8th Journey Night and giving an update on the process.

August 21, 2017 - [Process] - Rep Team Call with SLT & Steve Staten - discussing 3 sets of criteria, plan for consolidated criteria and different potential approaches for seeking applicants.

August 28, 2017 - [Process] - Subset of Rep Team and SLT has a call to distill 3 sets of detailed criteria into a 1-page summary that can be used as a job description.

August 30, 2017 - [Email] - Reminder of upcoming Journey Night and detailed update regarding the work done by the rep team in the past two weeks sent out (contents here).

September 5, 2017 - [Email] - Reminder of upcoming Journey Night sent out (contents here).

September 6, 2017 - [Process] - Rep Team and SLT have a call to discuss plan for Friday's Journey Night.

September 8, 2017 - [Friday Night Meeting - All Members] - Journey Night sharing updates from rep team and presenting consolidated summary criteria and Disciples Today job posting.

September 9, 2017 - [Process]  - Disciples Today job posting goes live.

September 15, 2017 - [Email] - Process update and announcement of Steve Staten's upcoming consultation report presentation (contents here).

September 20, 2017 - [Email] - Reminder of Steve Staten's presentation coming up on September 24th (contents here).

September 22, 2017 - [Process] - Rep Team Meeting with Steve Staten to preview his consultant's report presentation and give feedback.

September 23, 2017 - [Process] - Rep Team and SLT meeting with Steve Staten to discuss processes for responding to applicants, performing background checks, reference checks and conducting interviews.

September 24, 2017 - [Sunday After Service] - Following a light lunch, Steve Staten provided a Powerpoint presentation of his consultant's report that summarized details learned from interviewing members as well as recommendations for steps forward. Hard-copies of his report were handed out to those in attendance. Copies available later upon request.

September 25, 2017 - [Process] - Rep Team and SLT call with Steve Staten discussing background check process, how to respond to applicants who responded to the job posting and designating a subset of team for conducting background checks

September 28, 2017 - [Process] - Background check team has conference call to discuss purpose and approach.

October 12, 2017 - [Process] - Background check team has conference call to discuss findings.

October 16, 2017 - [Process] - Conference call with Rep Team, SLT and Steve Staten. Background check team shares their findings with rest of Rep Team and SLT; discussed candidates and next steps.

October 23, 2017 - [Process]  - Rep Team and SLT have conference call to continue to discuss candidates, start preparing for interviews

October 25, 2017 - [Email] - Email with update on process sent out (contents here).

October 30, 2017 - [Process]  - Rep Team and SLT have conference call to have interview-related discussions

November 13, 2017 - [Process]  - Rep Team and SLT have conference call to have interview-related discussions

November 17, 2017 - [Email] - Reminder of Nov. 24th Journey Night sent out (contents here) with announcement of intention to provide an update on hiring process and a financial presentation.


November 19, 2017​ - [Sunday Announcement] - Rep Team member, Golden Iriah, gave a brief update during Sunday's service to share that the Rep Team has been praying, collaborating and vetting applicants and that God is at work. He asked everyone to continue praying for the process and encouraged the congregation to attend Friday's Journey Night to hear more details.

November 20, 2017 - [Process] - Rep Team and SLT have conference call to discuss candidates and potential hiring options

November 24, 2017 - [Friday Night Meeting - All Members] - A Journey Night evening covering two important areas. First, Dwight gave a detailed update from the representation team describing work done to date and the current focus of the teams in the hiring process. Second, Dave Booth described the role of the Board of Directors and presented a breakdown of the West Region's finances for the past several years. Both men took Q&A and did an excellent job of answering questions.

November 27, 2017 - [Process] - Rep Team and SLT have conference call to discuss potential hiring options

November 29, 2017 - [Email]  - Recap of the previous Friday's Journey Night. Announcement of this website. (contents here)

December 3, 2017 - [Sunday Announcement] - Golden Iriah shared the good news that the new lead evangelist of West Church will be announced to the congregation during the evening service on Sunday, December 10th.