District Superintendent Selection Process

DS Search Letter - Jan 2024

Dear Canada Atlantic District Family,
As many of you are aware, our District Superintendent, Rev. Mark Collins, was recently elected to the position of National Director. We are deeply thankful for Pastor Mark’s leadership these last six years, not to mention the many other years he served in leadership positions within our district and churches.

In anticipation of the need to elect a new DS, we enter into a season of prayer and discernment as, together, we seek God’s will as to who the next District Superintendent will be. Dr. Carla Sunberg (GS in Jurisdiction) and Dr. Stan Reeder (USA/Canada Regional Director) have already met with the District Advisory Council to begin the process of finding our next DS. To the right, please note a brief summary of what has already transpired in this process.

During this meeting, the DAC was divided into two committeesto help walk our district through this process.

The Committee desires that this entire process be wrapped in prayer. We also want to ensure, to the best of our ability, that everyone’s voice is heard. This is a time to unite and work together towards the goal of discerning the next steps God plansfor our district, local churches, and communities. I invite you to join together in earnest prayer and discussion concerning the next DS, and the harvest field of Atlantic Canada.

As we give thanks for what God has done throughout the history of our district, and what He is doing now, may we also look forward with hope and anticipation to what He is preparing for us in the future. Please note below a summary of the process:

By the District Assembly considerable prayer, research, and discussion will have already taken place. At this point, the DAC will have the name(s) of who they wish to present to the Assembly for election to the role of DS. (Commonly only one name is presented on the nomination form.) Before the name(s) can be presented, the Assembly must vote in favour of the process to that point. While the process above will have been followed, the Assembly is still required to vote their agreement on the process. The name(s) cannot be released until the process is approved and agreed upon. The Assembly is voting from a position of trust that the DAC has prayerfully and carefully worked through the process to present the best candidate(s) for election to the position of DS. The Assembly always has the final say on District Superintendent Elections.

If the majority of the Assembly vote YES to the process, each voting member of the Assembly will receive a ballot with the candidate(s) name as well as a blank space in case they choose to nominate someone else whose name is not already on the ballot.

If the majority vote NO to the process,then each voting member of the Assembly will receive a ballot with no candidate(s) name. Instead, the ballot will contain only one blank space to nominate one individual. The name(s) previously identified by the DAC will not be presented or made known.

In both cases, an individual needs to be elected by a 2/3 majority. The election will continue, with new ballots in each round, until the next DS is elected. Throughout this process, I urge you to remember the words of Proverbs 16:3: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

During this whole process, I invite you join together in prayer for God’s discernment in this matter. Leading up to the Assembly, the DAC will be working towards finding ways to keep conversations open and to present times when we can gather as a district in prayer. In early January the Process Committee will be sharing a survey to assist them in building a District and DS profile. Towards the end of January,the Process Committee will forward these profilesto all churches in the district, as well as other regional leaders, for them to offer input and nominations for the role of DS. These are the best opportunitiesfor your voice to be heard. Within both of these communications,the Process Committee is looking not only to gather nominations for District Superintendent but also insightsinto what God is revealing to the members of our local churches and communities. Anyone who receives the linksto the surveys will be able to take part, so please be sure to reach out to your pastors if you have not received word about them.

Additionally, we will be holding prayer summits in various locations around our district. These summits will be times for prayer, thanksgiving, and conversation over what God is saying and where He is leading us. I encourage you to do your best to take part. As well, beginning January 15th, we will be holding bi-weekly prayer gatherings (Zoom Code: 9027982830). Below is a schedule of prayer times and summits:

Yet another way we are planning to gatherin prayer is by setting a time aside each day, 6:10 am or pm, to pray for our district and DS search. This chosen time is based on a portion of the prayer Jesus taught his disciplesin Matthew 6:10: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” That is our prayer and hope – for his kingdom to come and his will to be done here in Atlantic Canada. I look forward with great excitement to what God has planned as we submit to his will and unite in prayer and mission.

Through this process, I and the rest of the DAC want to hear from you. Our goal is to keep you as informed as possible. In the words recently shared by Dr. Reeder, “Earnest prayer and effective communication avails a Spirit-led, peace-filled Assembly.” Nothing in this process is confidential except for the names of those who are nominated. If you have any questions, prayer requests, or other thoughts please feel free to reach out to me, and I will do my best to help and/or find an answer.

Thank you for joining with me, the DAC, and the rest of our District family during this time of intentional prayer and fasting.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”– Ephesians 3:20

Prayer and Communications Chair
District Advisory Council
randrewbarker@gmail.com; 902-306-2114