October 6, 2014
An open letter to the MetroHope Recovery Ministries Family from Roger Arnold, Executive Director:
I write this letter with mixed emotions, yet with a clear personal decision. After 26 months, I have decided to relinquish my role as Executive Director effective October 6, 2014.
This decision has been challenging as well as an emotional one because I have had to deal with my own limitations and mortality as well as weighing all options available to determine what is best for the ministry.
The circumstances surrounding this decision are solely of a personal nature. The enormous amounts of energy that it takes to successfully perform the required duties of this position as it currently exists and my age (64) combine to present what I perceive to be too daunting of a task.
In addition to the afore-mentioned “daunting task,” there are some events in my life, including being a part of the “sandwich generation,” that are evolving that will require more of my time away from the ministry.
I have loved my time here and am honored and blessed to have been a small part of the ministries' growth and successes during the past 2 plus years. Praise the Lord for all the good things that have come about.
I have a deep appreciation and even deeper admiration for the entire staff and what they do in serving the “…least of these" as Jesus describes the hurting and forgotten in Matthew 25.
The residents have given me the opportunity to grow spiritually and to receive a bountiful amount of personal blessings as I witnessed them advancing in their recovery while leaning on the Lord. They are the most courageous group of people I know. I have had the blessing of seeing their lives transformed right in front of my eyes. God is Good-- All the Time!
In addition to the staff and residents, I have been enriched by the people who have supported this ministry with their prayers, volunteerism, material donations as well as financial support. You are an awesome group of people who have blessed God's ministry more than you can possibly imagine. You are clearly God's "First Responders" who know the meaning of providing a share of His provisions given to you.
I thank you all for your efforts, your hearts and support of this ministry and specifically of me over my entire time as the Executive Director. In that vein, it would be tragic and a major disappointment if you were to cease your current levels of support. To be honest, I would consider your continued support a personal compliment, a vote of confidence and a valuable blessing upon this ministry. After all, it is God's Ministry that you support by partnering with MetroHope, not the person who sits in the Executive Director's chair.
At this point, you might find it interesting to know what my next step is going to be.
I will be starting my own consulting firm that focuses solely on Christian non-profits including churches. My a la carte offerings will include strategic planning, marketing, brand and image enhancement, development/revenue generation, merger navigation and personal coaching.
Of course, you might already know that the term “consulting agency” is code for slowing down, being part-time and working when I want.
Based on that information, I am pleased to announce that I am remaining engaged with MetroHope as a "special envoy" or consultant for development, which will include communications, major event planning and donor relations. Therefore, I have a vested interest in the continued success of this ministry.
Bob Kennedy, MetroHope’s Board President, has shared a statement below that lays out the new leadership model.
Please pray for our board, staff and residents during this time of transition and beyond.
"May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you. May He show you His favor and grant you peace."
Thank you and Blessing to you all,
Statement from Bob Kennedy, President of the Board of Trustees:
First of all, on behalf of the board, I would like to thank Roger for the wonderful things he accomplished during his time as Executive Director of MetroHope Recovery Ministries. The board is sad to lose Roger and we would like to remember some of the things he brought to MetroHope.
He introduced us to several corporate sponsors as well as new donors. He established R.O.C.K. and FOUND as alternative income sources. He also expanded the knowledge of our ministry to the Christian community and helped bring in funds for many capital improvements to our buildings. In addition, he passed on so much of his knowledge to the staff that worked with him, and educated our residents by leading weekly devotions and other teachings.
The board has been working on a strategy since learning of Roger’s plan to semi-retire. After weighing many options, we have voted to move some of our current management staff into leadership positions to fill the opening left by Roger. We believe that these two staff members are qualified, and decided that less time will be lost if we don’t interview candidates, teach a new Executive Director about the programs and wait for them to implement any changes.
Most of you know Brian Larson, a graduate of the New Hope Center program, former Director of Healing House and current Chief Operations Officer. Brian has been a staff member since 2007. In his role as COO, Brian manages the finances and oversees administrative, facilities and kitchen staff. He will now be taking over all administrative responsibilities, including leading the Directors at New Hope Center and Healing House.
Brian’s counterpart in life will also be his counterpart in this new leadership position. Many of you know Kelly Larson, who began her work at Healing House in 2008 and became the Marketing & Communications Director in 2012. Kelly has been responsible for all outgoing communications, event planning, grant writing, and has worked closely with Roger the past two years on community outreach and donor relations. So, you will be seeing more of Kelly as she represents MetroHope in our community as the Development Director, but Roger will still be available to mentor her as a Development Consultant.
We have seen Brian’s and Kelly’s hearts for our families shine through their past work and anticipate nothing less as they move forward in their new roles. At this time, I want to thank each of you for your support, and ask for your continued prayer for our board, staff and residents during this time of transition.
I know that I speak for the board as I express my personal feelings of gratitude for Roger’s leadership and love for MetroHope. We will miss him but we know he will always be a part of us.
If you have MetroHope business to transact, please contact the following people according to their areas of responsibilities.
For business or administrative questions, contact Brian Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612) 843-5644.
For marketing and event questions, or if you are interested in supporting MetroHope in any way, contact Kelly Larson at email@example.com or 612) 843-5646.
If you are unsure who to contact, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!