It is with hearts full of gratitude and sadness that today we inform you that the national board of The Fellowship has received a letter from David Bone announcing his intention to retire from his position as Executive Director in 2021.
The specific timeline of this transition has not yet been finalized. While David is retiring from his work with The Fellowship, he does not plan to retire from all employment. We are grateful to David that he has given us this generous lead time as he discerns what the next chapter of his professional work life looks like.
David was hired as Executive Director nearly 30 years ago at Lake Junaluska during the national Convocation. Appropriately, we look forward to celebrating David's long tenure and faithful leadership at next year's 202One event – which will also be held at Lake Junaluska.
As The Fellowship enters this season of transition, know that we will be engaging in significant redefining and revisioning work as an organization. That process begins with our upcoming Prayer and Sabbath Retreat in August as we listen to where the Holy Spirit is leading us.
We encourage all Fellowship members to take at least one of these actions to help at this time.
Participate in the Prayer and Sabbath Retreat. If you have not yet responded to our invitation to join us in this time of online gathering, we would encourage you to do so.
Pray for The Fellowship and its leadership as well as David as we each discern our next best steps.
Stay connected with other members of The Fellowship through our Fellowship Community Facebook group. During times of transition, we especially need each other.
Renew your membership in The Fellowship. Early renewals will add one year from the current renewal date; if your renewal date is October 2020, it will be renewed to October 2021.
Consider making a donation to The Fellowship's Annual Fund.
We join David in the confidence that the Holy Spirit is going ahead of us to prepare the way for the next chapter of ministry and leadership for The Fellowship, and we prayerfully seek God's will for our future.
Rev. Leigh Anne Taylor,