Over the past couple of decades, churches have discovered the importance of intentional, prepared leadership transitions. Beulah has had a very significant ministry over the past century. As a large, multi-generational, multi-campus, multi-ethnic congregation, senior pastoral leadership really matters.

As Lead Pastor, Keith Taylor recognizes that pastoral leadership has a starting and ending point, and it has been his desire to position Beulah well for its next season of ministry. Keith is currently serving in his 30th year of leadership of Beulah and he desires to pass the leadership mantle on to the next generation during Beulah’s 100th year of ministry.

The Board of Elders have prayed, planned, and considered this transition for the past number of years, seeking first biblical counsel, as well as outside counsel in this process. The Board has selected Daniel Im to become the next Lead Pastor of Beulah Alliance Church following Keith’s leadership transition in mid-2021.

Throughout the past year, Daniel Im has provided excellent leadership with our staff team. He is smart and humble and a Christ-honouring pastor. I have encouraged and supported him and my hope is that this transition positions Beulah to stretch towards what God has in store for the future. I am confident in God bringing Daniel and Christina back to Beulah for such a time as this and that Daniel is called to lead Beulah in this next season. God has been amazingly faithful to Beulah for 99 years. The 100th year will be marked by beginning an exciting new chapter.

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DANIEL IM

Daniel is helping Beulah realize God’s vision for what comes next—in particular, what it looks like to reach 1% of Edmonton with the gospel.

ABOUT DANIEL

The Journey of Succession


The succession journey started with the Elders Board 5 years ago when Pastor Keith humbly raised the topic and we agreed that a successful transition was extremely important for the welfare of the church.

In keeping with the C&MA constitution, the Elders Board is responsible for hiring the Lead Pastor and take that responsibility very seriously. From the beginning, the Elders took a posture of submission, seeking God’s leading to the right candidate by committing to prayer throughout the process. We also sought wisdom from experts who’ve gone through this journey to help inform our process and agreed that it would be ideal if there could be a period of overlap whereby the incoming leader could be coached by Pastor Keith.

Potential candidates were invited to apply, and after a very rigorous evaluation process, which included involvement of the Pastoral staff team, Pastor Daniel’s calling was affirmed by the Elders Board. As a next generation leader, Daniel is a fully devoted follower of Jesus, understands the values and mission that have shaped the church’s past 100 years, and is passionate about reaching 1% of greater Edmonton for Christ. We look forward to what God has planned for our church as we start the next 100 years under Pastor Daniel’s leadership and call the congregation to join the Elders Board in prayerfully supporting him and Christina as they minister with us.

Laurent Charron, Chairman of the Elders Board

ELDERS BOARD

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Pastor Keith and Pastor Daniel sat down to share about the heart they have for our church and our city.

Frequently Asked Questions

What has been Keith’s journey to this point?

I (Keith) believe that God has been leading me to pass the mantle on to the next generation in a timely fashion—listening, praying and discerning when a transition would be right. A few years ago, I felt that the 30th year of my ministry at Beulah, which happens to be the same year as the 100th Anniversary of Beulah, would be the right time to transition.

What has been Daniel’s journey to this point?

For as long as I (Daniel) can remember, our family motto has always been, “Lord, here I am. Lord, here we are.” So whether it’s connecting with our neighbours or selling everything we own and moving to another country, nothing has ever been out of the question. Since our lives are not our own, Christina and I have always strived to live with open hearts and open hands because God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are always better than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Sometime in the fall of 2018, Christina and I began sensing that change was on the horizon. There was this unsettledness in our hearts that couldn’t be explained because we loved everything about our lives in Nashville. Our community was incredible, our church was healthy and growing, our podcast was impacting marriages and families, and my work at LifeWay was helping churches around the world. I was also in the middle of writing my third book while continuing to accept invitations to speak on my previous ones. In other words, there was no human reason for us to move, or even consider a change.

So you can probably anticipate how surprised I was when, only a few months later, Christina and I started praying about coming back to Beulah Alliance Church—especially since it was in the middle of an Edmonton winter. And to be crystal clear, this wasn’t some trite little “prayer” that we carelessly tossed up to God. No, this was one of those all-hands-on-deck, get-on-your-knees, everything-is-up-for-grabs kind of prayer. Specifically, we were asking God to reveal whether coming back to Beulah to serve as the next Lead Pastor was simply a good opportunity or a divine calling.

I still remember it like it was yesterday: it was April 13, 2019, after the Saturday night service when God answered our prayer and made it extraordinarily clear that he was calling us to move back to Edmonton. After several months of conversation, and then three days of interviews with the staff team and elders, Christina and I were debriefing what had happened and how we sensed the leading of the Holy Spirit. It was in that moment, as we were worshipping and praying, that God broke our hearts for Beulah and Edmonton. That night, we sensed God was saying that this is where He wanted us. And that everything we had learned and done in life was leading us to this next divine appointment.

So, here we are back in Edmonton, and more excited than ever to continue leading Beulah toward her vision of reaching 1% of greater Edmonton for Christ. And it’s not because this is some sort of opportunity. No, it’s because this is a calling—God’s calling on our lives.

How do you feel about Daniel stepping into this role?

I (Keith) am excited to share that our Board worked and prayed through this transition, and when we extended a call to Daniel, we did so with the intent that Daniel would become the Lead Pastor. Daniel was on our pastoral staff for five years, then was away for another five, and returned in September 2019. He loves Beulah! Since returning, he has provided leadership to our staff team, bringing fresh, timely and excellent leadership when COVID-19 hit.

I, along with the Elders, have been so impressed with this next generation leader who possesses such a servant’s heart and a deep, deep desire to know and honour Jesus. He is highly respected among church leaders across the continent for his understanding of church ministry in a multi-site context. Beulah values servant leadership. It is not about position, nor status, but about faithfulness. Daniel models those qualities in his personal and pastoral life.

How is the Senior Pastor selected?

Beulah’s Local Church Constitution is a representative leadership structure, whereby the membership elects the Elders Board, who in turn, discerns and calls a Lead Pastor. The Elders Board prayerfully, carefully, and with external counsel, considered who might provide the spiritual, pastoral, and organizational leadership for Beulah. Following a rigorous process, the Board extended an invitation to Daniel to come and join our staff, with the intent that he would take the lead pastoral role upon Keith’s completion of the role.

How did we engage our staff in this process?

The pastoral and support staff are committed to the vision, values, and culture of the church. Beulah is their church home, as well as the locale of their calling and ministry. It was important to be transparent and keep our staff informed, welcoming them as part of this journey. Our pastoral staff were a part of meeting with the candidates during the Board’s search process. The staff is unified and are excited about what God is up to.

What does this mean for Southwest and Lighthouse Campus?

Since Beulah is one church in multiple locations, succession does not change anything for our Southwest or Lighthouse Campus. In fact, Pastor Daniel, along with Pastor Neil and Pastor Maynor, have already begun dreaming what it would look like for West, Southwest, and Lighthouse to continue to multiply and start additional campuses to reach 1% of greater Edmonton for Jesus.

What will happen between now and succession?

Keith and Daniel will be sharing leadership roles. Since returning to Beulah, Daniel has been providing leadership to our staff, as well as taking more of the preaching responsibility. He has been serving on our Board of Elders, leading ministry leadership processes, and building trust and relationship with the staff. Keith will continue to mentor, work alongside, and continue the process of transition to Daniel, with a future date to pass the leadership mantle in its entirety to Daniel in the Spring of 2021.

What will happen to Keith after succession?

I (Keith) am praying for God’s direction and discernment for ministry opportunities in the future. We are looking forward to how we might serve Beulah and the greater Church in this next season of life. Beulah is our church home.

What are we asking of the congregation?

This is an important time in Beulah’s history. Please pray for God’s hand upon this time. Pray for guidance, pray for anointing upon Daniel and our leadership team. Pray for vision, continued unity, commitment, and dedication to be a part of God’s calling for our future. Pray for our Elders Board for this important and exciting season ahead of us.

When I (Keith) first came to Beulah, I was Daniel’s age. As a young leader, Beulah invested in me, and the congregation was generous in providing encouragement and amazing love and support over the decades.

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