Transition Information

Transition Task Force

Please contact any of the Task Force Members below if you have questions or comments. We want to hear from you. Tell us what your vision for Bethany is.

  • Ted Hakala -
  • Kevin Jacobson -
  • Jodi Babineau -
  • Pam Crouse -
  • Bill Evans -
  • Jan Wilking -
  • Kayelon Campbell Murphy -
  • Pastor Peter Muschinske -


October 15: That Spiritual Vitality is alive and well at Bethany. The CAT survey indicates that most members understand the centrality of faith in their lives. Our congregation has benefited from the ministries at Bethany to help them be spiritually alive people. Whatever we are doing, we need to keep doing it.

Past DYK

October 8: That the CAT told us that even though those that responded may have been a more motivated and engaged group, on the hospitality score, our rankings average or below compared to 2000 other churches? Yet, we hear often that we are already a welcoming church? What do you think is happening here? Do you think we can do better? How?

October 1: That as a whole congregation, we would all like to see more families join our church?

November 2020 Good NewsBreak Article

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” --Jeremiah 29:11

Times of change and uncertainty can cause anxiety. This same change is also an opportunity for growth and improvement. As the passage above states, God has plans for us and I think that we can all take comfort that those plans give us hope and confidence for the future of Bethany.

The Transition Task Force (TTF) began its work at the beginning of September with the goal of conducting an assessment of the various systems at Bethany, including policy and procedure, communications, personnel, spiritual health, and organization just to mention a few.

The Task Force is comprised of eight members with Pastor Peter as our Interim Pastor and consultant in the process. Our goal is to conduct a thorough assessment of Bethany and the congregation resulting in written recommendations that will assist the Call Committee in calling our next Lead Pastor. Our team is divided into three sub-groups:

Mission and Vision: Pam Crouse and Jan Wilking

This group works ensure that the congregation has a clear understanding of its existing vision for mission and to challenge it to embrace the most compelling shared vision for mission for the next 3-5 years. This vision work enables the staffing study team to craft a staffing configuration appropriate to the vision for mission going forward.

Self-Study: Jodi Babineau, Bill Evans and Kayelon Campbell-Murphy

This team studies the vital signs of spiritual life in the congregation. The Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT) that was conducted in August is an important source of information as this team measures the health and wellbeing of the congregation. Insights from this team, combined with Mission & Vision and Staffing provide direction and recommendations regarding the health of Bethany.

Staffing: Kevin Jacobson and Ted Hakala

The role of this team is to review existing needs of present staff members, full and part-time, paid, volunteers, clergy, and lay members. Along with Mission & Vision and Self-Study team insight, this team formulates and recommends a staffing design that will meet the needs of the congregation into the future.

The Transition Team wants to be as transparent as possible. We welcome your feedback and insights at any time. Watch for weekly information in the Bethany 411 communication. A “Transition Information” tab has been added to the Bethany website where communications from this team will be posted on a regular basis. Part of the transition process is telling the Bethany story, past, present and forecasting the future. Send us photos with the theme of, “What Makes Bethany A Great Place to Worship.” A celebration, youth gathering, worship at the park, etc. Get creative. Tell the Bethany story in photos. Send your photos to Leah in the office and we will post them on the Bethany web site.

Lastly, the Transition Team works on behalf of you. This review process will take as long as necessary to get a good understanding of the culture at Bethany. However, we do hope to have a preliminary report to Council by the end of this year. Along this journey, we may ask for your insights and we are confident that members of Bethany will step up when asked. If you see something you like, let us know. If you see something you do not like or have a question, let us know. This team represents you, the Bethany congregation. Don’t wait to be asked. Pick up the phone or send an email or text to a team member tomorrow.  Tell us what you think, what you love about Bethany, what can be improved, what we are doing right and where to improve. We want to make sure that we represent you well. Stay tuned.

Resources and Information

September 20 Minutes from Coffee with the Transition Task Force

October 4 Minutes from Coffee with the Transition Task Force

Congregational Report of CAT Survey Results

What makes Bethany a great place to worship?