Thursday, February 21, 2013

Where are they now? A Scott and Derrin Thomas follow-up

Earlier this year we discussed the transition of Scott Thomas from Mars Hill to The Journey, where he is currently Pastor of Ministry Development.  He's been that for some time but it's only gone up on the website of The Journey recently.  That transition was discussed earlier here

There's an additional bit of information that's interesting.

http://thejourney.org/leadership/staff/ministry-development
Scott Thomas

Pastor of Ministry Development

sthomas@thejourney.org

Why are you at The Journey?
 I love the passion for the mission of God at The Journey. It is a beautiful work in progress but it is tethered to a to commitment making followers of Jesus and starting churches.

What do you love about St. Louis?
 It has a rich cultural emphasis with a down-home feel among a diverse demographic. Whether one is attending a baseball game or a broadway musical, people in St Louis are friendly and helpful.


Derrin Thomas

Ministry Development Executive Assistant

dthomas@thejourney.org

Why are you at The Journey?
 The Journey is the reason I am in St Louis. I had become aware of The Journey during my previous job with a church planting network across the country. I am here because I want to be a partner with a church whose focus is upward and mission is outward -- it is both exciting and fulfilling.

What do you love about St. Louis?
 St Louis is the most underrated big city in America. It has amazing history, architecture, attractions, and infrastructure. It's also in the best corner in the country -- right on the border of the Midwest, the South, and the East (and just far enough away from Texas). This provides a unique stew of the best parts of different cultures that gives the city a soul and identity. Also, Cardinals and ribs.


Here's a little more information about him.
http://www.linkedin.com/in/derrinthomas

Executive Assistant - Ministry Development

The Journey Church


October 2012Present (5 months)Saint Louis, MO

Content Manager

Acts 29 Network


July 2012November 2012 (5 months)
Managed all online content and updated public website. Interim position while company transitioned from Seattle to Dallas.

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Religious Institutions industry
November 2011April 2012 (6 months)Downtown Bellevue
Assists Lead Pastor in communication, email and calendar management, and project management.

Content & Communications Manager

Acts 29 Network


July 2011November 2011 (5 months)
Managed all online content and communication for a website with over 50K visitors monthly and private forum with over 1,000 members. Content included multimedia, written communication, and blogs.

Application Assistant

Acts 29 Network


September 2008June 2011 (2 years 10 months)
Provided administrative assistance for the hundreds of assessments each year. Responsibilities included organizing thousands of documents, manually processing document submissions, communicating with assesses and regional directors, and creating streamlined processes.

Intern

Acts 29 Network


June 2008September 2008 (4 months)
Pioneered, helped create, and completed thorough assessments of Denver area Acts 29 churches.

For those with a little time to dig around there was a termination process in 2007 in which then Lead Pastor Jamie Munson wrote the following about Bent Meyer. 

http://joyfulexiles.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/10-01-2007-email-from-jmunson.pdf
Pastor Bent Meyer - Grounds for Immediate Termination of Employment

* Total lack of trust for Executive leadership and insubordination
* Multiple unfounded accusations from Bent regarding abuse of power, power grabbing and motives of leadership
* Not following protocol and process for making bylaw commetns by contacting church attorney without permission
* Showing unhealthy family favoritism by establishing son Cameron as a spokesman for Salts  recap meeting [emphasis added--was Munson possibly looking for the word "nepotism" here?]
* No communication with elders regarding Cameron's sin and removal of grace group leadership


Some might conclude this is a political move to gain more support for the bylaws as Paul and Bent were outspoken critics of the current direction. This is not the case, the executive team wants to conduct itself in a way that is full of integrity, walking in the light, under full disclosure and in a decisive manner that best serves Jesus and His Church through Mars Hill.  If the bylaws don't pass, so be it, we didn't want to wait on what we had determined were necessary and inevitable firings until after the bylaws had been voted into approval because that would have been deceptive. We made the decision to terminate them now and give them the option to resign or undergo the full investigation. We have a higher view of being men of integrity than playing politics to swing a vote in our favor.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"If the bylaws don't pass, so be it, we didn't want to wait on what we had determined were necessary and inevitable firings until after the bylaws had been voted into approval because that would have been deceptive. We made the decision to terminate them now and give them the option to resign or undergo the full investigation. We have a higher view of being men of integrity than playing politics to swing a vote in our favor."

Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!
LOL

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

Not that we didn't note that earlier, but it's fathers and sons and charges of nepotism that form the ironic punchline for this post. Apparently Munson's allegation of nepotism on Meyer's part was credible and then a year later Derrin Thomas was able to intern and then start working in A29 where his dad was President and that wasn't seen as any problem at all. It might have suddenly turned into a problem when Joyful Exiles got published, though. But, hey, we'll never know, right?

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

Back in the A29 fold

Derrin Thomas is Events Manager

http://www.linkedin.com/in/derrinthomas

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