Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (NWYM) is a covenantal community
of evangelical Friends churches that make Jesus Christ known by:

Teaching and obeying the whole gospel as revealed by the
Holy Spirit and recorded in Scripture

Loving and mutually supporting each other

Equipping and releasing people to continue His mission in the world

General Superintendent Announcement

July 6th, 2018

Administrative Council Recommendation

NWYM General Superintendent

Background and Process

The Visioning Task Force began planning for the superintendent search in January 2018.  We initially worked on a job description, based on the existing one, with changes influenced by the results of area meetings, Visioning and Planning Days.  On March 17, 2018, we met to finalize the timeline, job posting/announcement, job description, and application form and process. The job was posted online March 31, 2018, and the deadline to apply was April 30, 2018.  The job was posted on NWYM website, nine other yearly meetings, Portland Seminary, GFU, and EFM. Several invitations to apply were also sent out.

 

Recommendation of Jim Le Shana for General Superintendent

Education:

George Fox College, Graduate

Fuller Theological Seminary, M.A., Theology and Marriage and Family Ministries

Azusa Pacific University, M.Div.

University of California, Riverside, M.A. History

University of California, Riverside, PhD., History

 

Employment/Ministry Experience

Rose Drive Friends Church, Yorba Linda, CA

College and Recreation Pastor, 4 years

Associate Pastor, 15 years

Senior Pastor, 11 years

Barclay College, Haviland, KS

VP for Academic Services, 6 years

While serving at Rose Drive Friends, Jim managed annual budgets of $4 million for local and global ministries, supervised pastoral and support staff, and helped extend and create new ministries of the church.   Rose Drive Friends planted three new churches under his leadership.   Jim has served as VP for Academic Services at Barclay College for the past eight years.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for GFU. Additional experience includes Chairman of the Multiplication Catalyst Ministries Board and a founding member of the Friends Center Board at Azusa Pacific University.

 

Summary

After reviewing Jim’s application and resume, speaking with him by phone and in person, and hearing the reports from the references, the Task Force wholeheartedly supports the recommendation of Jim Le Shana for General Superintendent of NWYM.

The skills, abilities and giftedness that Jim brings with him that we consider a good fit for the current needs and ministries of NWYM are:

-extensive history/leadership experience with Friends churches/organizations

-demonstrated ability to cast vision

-demonstrated ability to carry out short and long-term projects

-experience in leading an organization through significant transition

-passion, desire, and experience in raising up new leaders, discipling followers, and developing leaders

-strong scriptural foundation for his faith

-demonstrated ability in networking

-actively involved in multiple Friends organizations and para-church organizations

-experience outside NWYM, bringing a fresh perspective

-strong academic background

-signature on statement verifying his agreement with “What Friends Believe” (page 9-11) in NWYM Faith And Practice

-expressed deep concern for the church, has a heart for pastors and vision

-references who indicated he has demonstrated a willingness to listen, learn, and grow through his experiences

-an extensive list of connections (Southwest YM, Barclay College, Azusa Pacific, George Fox University) will help provide resources for future pastors, missionaries, and NWYM staff

 

All of the above considerations have led our Task Force group to have clarity in recommending Jim for NWYM General Superintendent. We had no dissenting individuals or individuals with “checks in their spirit” regarding this recommendation.

Debbie Harrison, Task Force Clerk                     Brad Holton, Presiding Clerk

Lee Belt, So Idaho Rep                                          Tami Cammack, Portland Area Rep

Jesse Davis, So Oregon Rep                               Trey Doty, SW Wash Rep

Joel Kelly, Salem Area Rep                                   Phil McLain, Clerk of Elders

Ron Mulkey, Clerk of Board of Gl. Outreach       Vic Peterson, Inland Area Rep

Jeff Sargent, Newberg Area Rep                          Jenny Willoughby, Puget Sound Area Rep