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
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
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.
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