We welcome prayer and for the Spirit of God to guide us through the whole process. Prayer for our church, potential candidates, for Marc and Lori and for our new Lead Pastor and his family.
Check out this update from Jen Wojtysiak about where we are in the search process.
Check out this update from Wade Goodsell about the amazing generosity towards Marc & Lori, and as we continue in this Lead Pastor search process.
Check out this update from Doug Fast as we approach the end of Pastor Marc Maillefer's ministry season with Door Creek Church.
Check out this update about Marc's retirement celebrations from Doug Fast. If you would like to contribute to a special gift for Pastor Marc, you can give to the Pastor Appreciation fund here.
Check out this update from Bob Andrew, Search Team Lead.
Check out this update from Marc, Doug and Jen.
Check out this video from Doug Fast, Chair of the Stewardship Board, about Marc's upcoming retirement.
The Stewardship Board has been discussing the retirement of Pastor Marc with him for over a year. We recognize that God has directed him to step away from the daily responsibilities of leading DCC and whole-heartedly support Marc and Lori as they step into possible new ministry opportunities. As Ecclesiastes says: “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” (3:1).
The Board has an operational policy that outlines steps to take when a Lead Pastor candidate must be presented to the membership for approval. Here are some of the decisions that we have made to date:
The Board will share information with you as the process progresses. Information and updates will be posted on this page.
Thank you for your continued prayer for Marc and Lori, the staff, volunteers and all the teams and groups active in the search. We are trusting God for His will in the selection of a new Lead Pastor to further our Mission and Vision.
Chair, Stewardship Board
NL Moore & Associates and HC!C recently administered the Congregational Assessment Tool in our church. Forty three percent of our average adult attendance took the assessment, therefore, Door Creek Church met the threshold for statistically valid and reliable results at 99% +/-4. Well done! A complete readout of the Vital Signs Report was delivered to our church leadership. An Executive Summary of those results is offered below.
After 42 years in ministry and almost 17 at DCC, Pastor Marc is retiring, effective April 30, 2023. Marc and his wife Lori have been praying about this matter for three years. Marc has been in dialogue with the Stewardship Board the past year and a half and believes this is the right time.
Marc and Lori are looking forward to a time of renewal as they discern what it looks like to serve God in this next chapter of their lives. The Board will award Marc the honorary title of Pastor Emeritus in gratitude and respect for his service here. The Board believes that God will continue to use Marc to further His mission in retirement.
The search process may take anywhere from eight months to over a year. The Board and Search Team will prayerfully consider all qualified candidates, both internal and external.
The plan going forward has the Board working with Pastor Bev Krizan, the Chief of Staff. Bev will oversee the day-to-day operations, working closely with the Lead Team and our ministry staff. Our teaching team (Pastors Deering, Morrison and Smith) will continue to teach with some invited guest speakers also.
We do not anticipate any changes to the ministry offerings at our campuses. We will continue to serve all campuses with staffing and ministries to help people follow Jesus and grow in Christ.
Regular updates will be made via email and our social media and vlog avenues. All updates will be posted here on this Transition page. Printed updates will be available at the Madison area campuses and will be mailed to voting members without online access.
In order to vote on the final candidate, you must be a member of Door Creek Church. We encourage you to take our next Membership Class if you're not a current member. If you're not sure if you are a member, contact Melanie Yeazel.
In this class, you will learn more about who we are and why we do things the way we do, while also getting to know our pastors and each other. After you have attended the Membership Class, you can choose to apply for membership. Once you have submitted an application, we will contact you for a membership interview.
I shared an important, personal update concerning my upcoming retirement. I will continue to lead our staff until April 30, believing with all my heart that our best days are ahead. I'm looking forward to all that God has for our church in the days ahead. It’s been my honor to serve with you here at Door Creek Church.
In honor of Marc and Lori’s 17 years of service, the Stewardship Board has opened a Pastor’s Appreciation Fund—you can donate if you wish to give them a farewell gift. You can give online at the link below, choosing “Pastor Appreciation” in the dropdown. Or, you can drop an envelope in the offering boxes, being sure to mark “Pastor Appreciation” on the envelope.
NOTE: This is a personal gift, so it is not tax deductible.