Leadership
Transition

January 9, 2022


In this message Pastors Vance and Travis continue the family conversation that we began on the weekend of December 5. What are the biblical components of leadership that are modeled in the New Testament Church? We answer this question and more throughout this conversation.

December 5, 2021


On the weekend of December 5th, Pastors Vance and Travis discussed what has been going on in the life of Pastor Vance as well as God’s activity in the life of Hope Church. God is on the throne, and we believe that the best days of God’s activity in and through us are still ahead!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What brought about this transition in leadership?

Question 1
For over two decades, Pastor Vance has led Hope Church with integrity, passion, and vision. Over the years, as a church family, we have experienced highs and lows, but Pastor Vance has remained faithful to God’s call and mission in Las Vegas, the West, and the world.

Since the beginning of 2021, God has been stirring Pastor Vance’s heart about the future of Hope Church and his role in it. Pastor Vance and his wife Kristie have desperately sought the heart of God to gain clarity from him surrounding this stirring. As Pastor Vance and his wife sought the Lord together, they came to a place of saying “yes” to the Lord, not even knowing fully all that yes meant.

In recent weeks, God, in his faithfulness, has made abundantly clear what the stirring in their hearts was all about. Through His Word, circumstances and counsel, and a sense of peace and rightness from His Spirit, God has called them to join in His kingdom activity in a new way. In response to God’s call, Pastor Vance has accepted the position of Senior Vice President of the North American Mission Board and President of Send Network, the largest church planting network in North America. Hope Church has the privilege of sending them as they begin to serve the Big “C” Church in North America in a new way.

As we send Pastor Vance and Kristie to serve with the North American Mission Board, what are we sending them to do?

Question 2
As the President of Send Network, Pastor Vance’s primary focus will be mobilizing churches across North America to join in God’s eternal, redemptive mission of making disciples and multiplying churches with a heart for the nations. 

Will Pastor Vance and Kristie remain connected to Hope Church?

Question 3
Yes. Pastor Vance and Kristie plan to remain members of Hope Church and residents of the Las Vegas Valley. However, Pastor Vance’s seat at the leadership table at Hope will be changing. Pastor Vance will be stepping into a role at Hope Church we are calling Founding Pastor. In this new seat at the leadership table, in addition to his responsibilities with Send Network, Pastor Vance will remain a part of our Teaching Team (6 – 8 times per year) and provide coaching and counsel for our Directional Team.

When will Pastor Vance preach his last weekend as Senior Pastor before stepping into the role of Founding Pastor?

Question 4
There are several key dates in the months ahead. Below is a summary of those dates:

  • December 2 and 5, 2021: Pastor Vance and Pastor Travis share initial communication about the transition of leadership at Hope Church. If you were not able to attend, please watch the video above. 

  • January 6 and 9, 2022: Pastor Vance and Pastor Travis share further communication about the transition of leadership at Hope Church. Please mark your calendar for this important weekend concerning the future of Hope Church.

  • March 1, 2022: Pastor Vance officially transitions to his full-time role with Send Network. However, he will continue to preach at Hope as normal through the end of April.

  • April 28 and May 1, 2021: Pastor Vance will share his final message as the Senior Pastor of Hope Church. From this point forward, he will preach as Founding Pastor 6 to 8 times per year, and his family will be a part of Hope Church.

Who will lead Hope Church moving forward?

Question 5
Since Hope Church was planted, we have been led by a plurality of pastors who walk together in Christ-like submission with a Stewardship Team for accountability, wisdom, and counsel. This leadership model has evolved over the years, but team leadership has been consistent since the very beginning. Moving forward, the same shared leadership model will remain in place, but will look different. Pastor Travis Ogle will serve as the Senior Lead Pastor, but not as the primary preacher/teacher. After 17 years of leading in this ministry, God has raised up Pastor Travis for such a time as this. Our entire Lead Team of Pastors and Stewardship Team have heard from the Lord together and unanimously affirmed this role for Travis. In addition to Pastor Travis as the Senior Lead Pastor, Pastor Chip Riggs, Pastor Scott Worthington, and Pastor Edward Paz will comprise our Directional Team of pastors that provide day-to-day leadership of Hope Church. The Directional Team will be a subset of our Lead Team of pastors providing visionary direction, operational decision-making, and leadership through preaching for the accomplishment of the mission.

Since Pastor Travis is the new Senior Lead Pastor but not the primary preacher/teacher, who will shoulder the preaching responsibility at Hope Church?

Question 6
Since Hope Church began, we have always shouldered the responsibility of teaching through a Teaching Team. It has been our desire that the preaching ministry of Hope always be more about the message than the messenger. The team approach allows us the greatest opportunity to demonstrate that desire. In the past, Pastor Vance has been our primary preacher along with others in our teaching team. Moving forward, Pastor Edward Paz and Pastor Scott Worthington will be the two primary preachers in our weekend gatherings. However, others will be a part of that team including Pastor Travis Ogle, Pastor Vance Pitman, Pastor Bryan Loritts, and others. 

How does Hope Church make decisions about the future during a leadership transition?

Question 7
Hope Church is led by a plurality of pastors who walk together in Christ-like submission with a Stewardship Team for accountability, wisdom, and counsel. Decision-making at Hope Church involves the Lead Team and Stewardship Team hearing from God together in one accord. This has been our leadership model and decision-making model since we began as a church family. In response to Pastor Vance’s transition, our Lead Team and Stewardship Team sought the Lord together and are unified in our decision to affirm Pastor Travis as the Senior Lead Pastor leading through a Directional Team made up of Pastor Chip Riggs, Pastor Scott Worthington, and Pastor Edward Paz. The Directional Team will be a subset of our Lead Team of pastors providing visionary direction, operational decision-making, and leadership through preaching for the accomplishment of the mission.

Does this transition change the vision and mission of Hope Church?

Question 8
It does not! Hope Church will continue forward in our mission of connecting people to live the life of a Jesus follower. We believe God has raised us up to be a launching pad to the nations from the platform he has established in Las Vegas. Our doctrine, values, and ministry strategies will remain the same as we move forward together on mission.

If I have other questions, what is the best way for me to seek clarity?

Question 9
We are happy to address additional questions you may have. Please submit your question through the form below, and one of our pastors will respond as soon as possible.

What can I do to help?

Question 1o

  • The first way you can help is by being spiritually alert and diligent in your walk with Jesus. Rest assured, the enemy hates what is taking place at Hope Church (“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9). The enemy wants to divide and discourage God’s people any way he can, and transitions are a prime opportunity to do so. We should expect spiritual attacks and be very sensitive to our words and relationships during this time. If there is an offense, a misunderstanding, or a problem, do your very best to make it right immediately (“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:18).
  • The second way you can help is by proactively fueling unity with our church family. Whether it is providing support, clarity, or connection for others, this is a moment to pursue unity as the body of Christ (“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3).

If I desire to send Pastor Vance and Kristie a note of encouragement for their faithful service to Hope Church, can I do that?

Question 11
Absolutely! Please send your note to [email protected].