Dear Fairfax United Methodist Church members:
I ask you to prayerfully consider completing this inventory to be considered in our nominating process for key church leadership.
The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church gives each church the opportunity to design their own effective leadership organization. After a long process, a Called Charge Conference unanimously approved a new leadership and governance structure for our church on March 19.
All of our ministries come under three Strategic Ministry Pillars: Worship, Learning and Mission. A fourth Pillar oversees Administrative Ministries. The decision-making body is a 9 member Church Leadership Team. Our goal of implementing this new structure is July 1.
The nominating process is different too. To be considered to serve on the Church Leadership Team or one of the Strategic Ministry Pillars, it is requested an inventory be completed. Please note, this also includes the spiritual gifts inventory. A suggested one from The United Methodist Church is on the form, but you may use another one, if preferred. Many are available online through a basic search. These inventories will help the Nominating Committee balance the new leadership with diverse experiences, skills and spiritual gifts.
Additionally, we are looking for leaders who:
- Exhibit loyalty to Jesus Christ through FUMC.
- Have a positive attitude toward FUMC, Methodist beliefs, and the global mission of The United Methodist Church.
- The Church Leadership Team needs to have the ability to see beyond single issues and prayerfully discern with other leaders how our church should be obedient to God.
Pray about getting involved, whether you have been at FUMC for decades or you are new! Please return this inventory to me by Sunday May 14.
Rev. David Bonney, Lead Pastor and Nominating Committee, Chair
On July 1st, Rev. David Bonney and his family will move into the newly renovated Stratford Avenue parsonage and Rev. Bonney will be in the pulpit on July 5th as our new Lead Pastor. Rev. Bonney comes to us from St. Mark’s Church in Midlothian, Virginia, after a 9-year tenure at that church as Lead Pastor. He was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. He received a Bachelor’s degree in History at Old Dominion University and a Master of Divinity at Duke. He is married to Gina Bonney. The Bonneys are a blended family including two young adult children: Thomas Bonney who resides and works in Durham, North Carolina, and Mary Lauren Bonney who attends college and works in Randleman, North Carolina. Together David and Gina have two daughters, Olivia age 12, and Melissa age 11, entering the 7th and 6th grades in the next school year. David’s previous pastoral appointments include serving The United Methodist Church on Knotts Island, Martinsville, the Associate Pastor at Aldersgate Church in Alexandria, and the founding pastor of New Life Church in Richmond before going to St. Mark’s Church as Lead Pastor. He has served as the Chair of the Board of Missions for the Richmond District, a member of the Church Development Team for the Virginia Conference, and in 2006 was recognized for his work in evangelism with the Virginia Annual Conference Denman Award. David finds great meaning in mission work with 15 mission trips to Honduras, developing mentoring programs, inner city home repair, and finding creative ways for the church to connect with the community.
David summarizes his faith and practice of ministry this way:
“I believe what really matters in life is following Jesus whole heartedly. The best way to live out a life of faith is through a strong, vital church where Christian joy propels us to do great things for the Lord Jesus.”
A welcoming reception for Rev. Bonney and his family is on July 12. Despite the 4th of July holiday, try to be in attendance on July 5th to meet our new Lead Pastor and extend a warm welcome to his family on his first Sunday with our church family.