Succession

at southview church

As a church family, we are in a time of prayer and discernment as we seek new leadership for Southview. We invite you to engage with this process as we prayerfully consider the best process and people to guide us through this season. Please check back regularly for updates as we embark on this journey together.

Southview Alliance Ministry Profile & Senior Pastor Application Information

Located in Calgary’s southeast community of Walden, Southview Alliance Church is walking through a time of discernment as we seek God’s direction in who He has as our next Senior Pastor.

Southview is looking for:

A leader with a strong Biblical foundation and a passion for teaching the whole counsel of Scripture, eager to embrace and communicate the vision God has given to Southview, and mobilize the church’s leaders and congregation to pursue and live it out. 

An individual with a welcoming and hospitable spirit, longing to create an atmosphere of comfort and community marked by love. 

Someone able to demonstrate love and care for all people through words and actions of blessing and compassion, empathize with the struggles and joys experienced by the church body, and a heart for missions with an enthusiasm about developing innovative approaches to demonstrate love and service to our local community and beyond.

Please see the full Ministry Profile and application information below.

How Can I Be Involved?

First and foremost, please pray. Pray that the Succession Planning Team and the Search Team would be open and eager to hear God’s voice and prompting. Pray that we would have clarity in this process, and that the right person (or persons) would be drawn to Southview with a passion to lead us forward. Pray for Pastor Clyde and Jillian as they move towards a new phase in their lives. That God would continue to use them both to expand His kingdom and lead as many as possible to passionately follow Jesus. Pray for our staff that there would be continued unity in purpose and mission as we move through the transition.

Second, please communicate with us. Share your thoughts and feedback through our designated email.

Latest Update: January 2024

The Search Team completed the first round of interviews just before the Christmas break and have been spending the past two weeks individually evaluating each of the applicants based on the matrix that was developed as well as providing any personal feelings and leadings.

To begin that time of evaluation, the Search Team invited the Staff, Elders and those who have signed up to be a part of the Search Prayer Team to join them in a day of prayer and fasting to seek and listen to God’s leading as we began to evaluate and discuss.

Those individual assessments have now been discussed as a team and there will be three applicants that have been invited in for a second interview. Those two day interviews will begin this Friday, January 26, and run for the next three weeks.

We thank you for your prayerful support and words of encouragement over the past few months. The team has been greatly encouraged to see and feel God’s hand of guidance in every step of this succession journey and would ask that you would continue to pray on your own or join the team in the prayer room between the Sunday morning services. Pray for wisdom and discernment for each applicant and for the team as they prepare for the next round of interviews and above all, that God would be glorified in all we do.

John, Andrew, Renate, Val, Don, John, Michelle & Deonne

Timeline

Nov 2022

Nov 2022-May 2023

March 25, 2023

May - June 2023

June 10 & 11, 2023

June 2023

Clyde announces retirement plans for end of ministry year (June 2023)

Identification of Strengths & Growth Areas

Announcement of Sam Seifert as Interim Senior Leader

Development of Ministry Description & Profile for Senior Pastor

Pastor Clyde’s final weekend as Senior Pastor

Search and candidating process

Recommendation to the Western Canadian District of the C&MA

Western Canadian District appointment of the Senior Pastor

First day of new Senior Pastor

Our Search Team

Don Kowalenko

Andrew Shareski

John Nichols

Deonne McCausland

John Amusan

Val LeBlanc

Michelle Duimel

Renate Yakielashek

Timeline

Nov 2022

Clyde announces retirement plans for end of ministry year (June 2023)

Nov 2022-May 2023

Identification of Strengths & Growth Areas

March 25, 2023

Announcement of Sam Seifert as Interim Senior Leader

May - June 2023

Development of Ministry Description & Profile for Senior Pastor

June 10 & 11

Pastor Clyde’s final weekend as Senior Pastor

June 2023

Search and candidating process

TBD

Recommendation to the Western Canadian District of the C&MA

TBD

Western Canadian District appointment of the Senior Pastor

TBD

First day of new Senior Pastor

FAQ

Southview’s mission remains to lead as many as possible to passionately follow Jesus and our focus continues to be forming disciples who make disciples.

We begin with prayer. Asking God to guide, lead and reveal His will for Southview.

Succession Planning phase – Through discussions with the Pastoral and support staff, Elders, Ministry Leaders, and the congregation, the Succession Planning team gathers information about where Southview is at as a body. Identifying what areas we are doing well in and where there are growth opportunities.

This information is reviewed and grouped into overarching themes that will provide the Ministry Description for the next Senior Pastor. That Ministry description will then be used to develop the Senior Pastor Profile, Job Description and Posting.

The Succession Planning Team will meet with the Search Team to provide an overview of how the Ministry Description, the Senior Pastor Profile, Job Description and Posting were developed and release them to carry out the search, candidating and recommendation to the Western Canadian District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Search Team phase – During this time the Search team will seek out candidates through the job posting, and discussions with resources, such as the Western Canadian District, other churches, Ambrose University, and retired Alliance pastors, who are well tied into the Alliance community.

The Search team will provide their recommendation to the Western Canadian District of the C&MA. The District will have final approval and will ultimately be the body to appoint the next Senior Pastor to Southview.

We at Southview are so fortunate to have such a strong and capable staff in place to carry on day-to-day operations largely unchanged. Various pastors will be asked to take additional tasks that are currently carried out by Clyde.

Working in consultation with the Board of Elders, Sam Seifert has been appointed as our Interim Senior Leader, to provide guidance and leadership to the staff during this period of time.

We are also fortunate to have great teachers within our pastoral staff and church body, to continue to share God’s word and preach the Bible on a weekly basis.

We expect this interim period could take a year or more. Our desire is for God’s will to be done in this process and we will be patient and take the time required to listen to God’s direction. He has prepared a person for Southview and we trust that through this process we will be led to that individual.  And in the meantime, we have a solid team in place that will continue to carry out God’s mission for Southview.

Thank You, Clyde

On the weekend of June 10/11, Clyde Glass gave his final words of encouragement to the Southview family as our Senior Pastor, after 25 years of faithful service. It was a weekend in which we held space for great joy and deep grief, and took solace in the truth of his parting words: “God is with you; we pray for you constantly.”

We acknowledge that no words are sufficient to thank Clyde for the immense impact his ministry has had on each of us. As we step forward into this new liminal space and await God’s direction for the future, let’s pause for a moment in gratitude.

Céad míle go raibh maith agat.
One hundred thousand thanks.