Transition Preparation Document for First UMC El Dorado

One month from today, I will begin serving as pastor at First United Methodist Church in El Dorado. Last week, I had the opportunity to spend time with some of the key leaders and staff from the church. I shared a document with everyone that I met outlined some of my personal priorities as well as top five objectives for the first six months and a few of the questions that I will be asking as I arrive. Here is what I shared:

Personal Priorities and Dates

  • June 12 – Expecting the birth of our second child
  • June 25 – Move into parsonage
  • Care for self and family

Top Five – First Six Months

  • Be a good guest and allow the congregation to host
  • Love the people
  • Learn the history and culture of the congregation
  • Learn the history and culture of the community
  • Help discern an appropriate vision

Questions – First Six Months

  • Who are you as a congregation?
  • How did the congregation get to where it is today?
  • Where do challenges and opportunities exist?
  • What has changed the most / least since you joined the church?
  • When have you been most proud to be connected with this church?
  • What means the most to you about this church?
  • Why does this church matter to people?
  • What do you sense God is doing right now?

Contact Information

Why I Use Google Docs (2 of 6)

I use Google Docs because it exists in the cloud and I get the same access to my documents at any computer connected to the internet. This is great as right now I may find myself working at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Resurrection, home or on the road. I have all my documents wherever I go in a common easily editable and sharable format.

I also use Google Docs as a document management system. I scan documents and upload them to Google Docs. I can view them online any time and do not have to keep the hard copy. I will always be able to print hard copy if I need them. What is this Google Docs of which you speak? Check out this video…

How do you manage documents – word processing or paper filing? Suggestions?