“board of directors has determined that it would be in the best interest of this ministry to move forward with new leadership.”
To date no reason given for the termination, with two weeks notice, by way of official announcement from the NIU website. Matt Olson's letter does, however, appear at the NIU site.
2) Will the NIU board be able to find someone who will undertake a recovery project if that is the board's intention?
3) Will NIU survive the trajectory that Matt Olson set it upon?
Questions Answered: (5/3/13)
“We have been encouraged by the direction NIU is moving to promote unity and pursue relationships with the greater body of Christ…. Our request is that you would continue to make decisions that would best support the healthy direction we have observed over the last several years.” (Daniel Patz & Friends of NIU)The name of a successor, if there is to be one, may no longer determine what the NIU board intends for the future course of Northland.
I encourage all guests to visit The Parsings of a Preacher blog for Brian Ernsberger's article, What Does the Future Hold for NIU?
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The full transcription from Matt Olson's blog:
It has been a great joy for me to serve at Northland for these past eleven years. On Thursday, April 25, 2013, our board of directors determined it to be in the best interest of this ministry to move forward with new leadership. I accept this as a decision from the Lord as he sovereignly works through the authorities placed in my life. I plan to finish this current academic year through to May 11, 2013, doing everything I can to help the board, faculty, staff, and students, toward a healthy transition. I have a great desire to see Northland do well. I would also like to express a very sincere thanks to the Patz family for allowing Diane and me to be a part of what God is doing here in northeast Wisconsin. We look forward to what God has in the future and our hearts continue to burn for God’s glory and the work of the great commission.
Your friend and fellow servant,