Faith in Texas Leadership Transition Q&A
Q: Why did this happen?
A: The success of Faith in Texas depends, above all, on having a clear, singular vision reinforced by an actionable mission. To that end, it became necessary to reevaluate and reorganize to make sure that we are operating as effectively as possible. We learn from scripture that “every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.”
Q: Are your jobs stable?
A: At this time, we have no reason to believe that any member of the Faith in Texas team is at risk of losing their job. It is the priority of the board and our national affiliate, Faith in Action, to keep our organization sustained during this transition.
Q: So, who’s steering the ship now?
A: Akilah S. Wallace was previously our director of development; she played a large role in securing our funding. The board has appointed her Interim Executive Director and they are very confident in her ability to keep the organization moving forward during this transition. She is open and available for any questions and concerns you may have. She can be reached via email ([email protected]) or phone/text (972-689-7763).
Q: Was this about money? Is Faith in Texas financially stable?
A: At this time, we have no reason to believe that Faith in Texas is in any financial trouble.
Q: Does this transition affect funding?
A: We’ve been in direct contact with our major funders to inform them of the leadership change and are setting up meetings as necessary. Our national affiliate, Faith in Action, is committed to ensuring there are no gaps as we go through this transition. Our goal is to make this as seamless as possible and, although we can’t guarantee it, we do not anticipate any major funding impact.
Q: Will this transition impede our current work?
A: We should proceed with business as usual. We have no reason to believe the leadership transition will result in any major changes to our organizing actions, plans or the commitments of our congregations and leaders. The Faith in Texas team is working closely with our external support advisors and teams to do our best to ensure that there is no significant impact on the work already in motion. This is a critical season in Texas and we are just as committed and focused as always on the work to achieve our vision of just, equitable, inclusive and faithful communities.
Q: How does this transition affect covenant renewals?
A: We are grateful for each congregation that has chosen to work with us and want every partnership to continue to grow and thrive. The Faith in Texas Board and Clergy Steering Committee are in discussions and covenant partnership renewal agreements will be available by the end of October.
Q: When will we be provided with a more formal update?
A: We are still planning to have our annual meeting in December. At that time, we will be able to share some of our initial key learnings and provide a more detailed plan of action for moving forward. In the meantime, we will be sending communications as needed to keep everyone as informed as possible as we progress.
Q: How can we help?
A: Keep doing what you’re doing! Your commitment to justice and to Faith in Texas is welcome and needed. As we reimagine our organization, we will have many more opportunities to lift up our leaders and lean into your unique gifts so please let us know if you have any particular professional skills and talents that you think will be a benefit. We’re blessed to have a supportive, resilient network and look forward to stronger partnerships with all of you. Stay connected, stay engaged, and stay committed to the work, because that’s what’s most important. We’re in this together.
Q: Will Edwin and Lydia be involved in any of our efforts going forward?
A: While our focus now is reinforcing the foundation upon which we will rebuild the organization, we understand that Faith in Texas would not be what it is today without the tremendous efforts of Dr. Lydia Bean and Rev. Edwin Robinson. We are genuinely and undeniably grateful for their hard work in establishing this organization and shepherding Faith in Texas to the level of success and growth that it has seen in such a short time. We are all comrades in the work of faithful justice and you should interact with them personally as you see fit.
Q: Where do we go from here?
A: We go forward. We need the next few weeks to begin a deep dive into our organizational review to identify gaps and key opportunities for improvement and begin to lay out plans to address them. It is of utmost importance to us that we take this period of internal team healing and rebuilding to ensure that we are serving our communities with our best selves and in the best way possible. As we continue to work toward our vision of just, faithful, inclusive communities, we want to approach this new beginning with fresh strategies, clearer focus, renewed energy and rejuvenated faith. We hope you’ll join us!