An Update on the Future of Echo.Church

Please click above to watch an important message from Pastors Andy & Stacie Wood.

Echo Family,

When we first came to California to plant a church more than 13 years ago, we were blown away by the privilege God gave us to do this with several close friends.

We all knew that God had called us here to plant a church where everyone, regardless of their beliefs or background, would feel accepted and welcomed. Where people would encounter the life-changing love of Jesus. Where people would say YES to Jesus and passionately follow Him.

More than a decade later, our mission and vision to echo God’s love across the Bay Area has not changed, and neither has our God. It has truly been the greatest privilege of our lives to be able to be a part of this movement led by the Spirit of God in the Bay Area.

One of our core values at Echo is that we lead with open hands. And that means no matter how much we love something – we know that at the end of the day, it’s all God’s. He is the master, and we are His stewards. He knows what is best for His Kingdom purposes, and He is also the one who directs our steps. And for the past several months, we have been praying about what we sensed was an invitation God.

For decades, Pastor Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church in Orange County have been our ministry mentors – and much of their work through their Purpose Driven Church model has been critical for helping us start Echo.Church. We’ve been so blessed by their friendship, and they’re now transitioning into retirement. After months of prayer and seeking counsel from others – we believe that God has called us together to step into serving at Saddleback Church. I, Andy, will be their new Senior Pastor. I, Stacie, will serve alongside Andy as a Teaching Pastor.

Through this next season, our Board of Overseers and Board of Trustees will be discerning the heart of God regarding the future leadership of Echo. 

During this time, we’re grateful that God has already provided incredible leadership on our team. We are happy to share that Pastor Filipe Santos will be serving as our Acting Lead Pastor until such time that a long-term solution has been determined for the Lead Pastor role of Echo. Having been close friends for close to 25 years, we could not have more trust in Filipe’s character, values, integrity, and ability to lead and navigate Echo through this next season.

Below you’ll find more details, next steps, frequently asked questions, and resources our team has put together to help you during this time – especially as we know that any change, especially leadership transitions, can be difficult to navigate.

But we know that although the future will look different, our God and His faithfulness in and through Echo will always remain the same.

With love,
Andy & Stacie

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Next Steps

1.

Pray for the Wood & Santos families.

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Pray for our church & communities.

3.

Lean in, engage, & support.

New Seasons Sunday
Sunday, June 26

RECEPTION

4-6pm | North San Jose Campus

We welcome you to join us for a special reception for Pastors Andy & Stacie Wood. There will be refreshments, Polaroid photo booth station, and box for any cards or messages.*

If you’re unable to attend in-person, you can mail a card addressed to:
Andy & Stacie Wood, 1172 Murphy Ave, Ste 130, San Jose, CA 95131

COMMISSIONING

During Sunday services | all campuses & online

 Join us as Pastors Andy & Stacie commission Pastor Filipe as our Acting Lead Pastor.

FAQs

Echo’s mission and vision are not changing - they will remain the same. We are committed to leading people to say YES to Jesus and passionately follow Him, and to do that according to our values as a church.

This transition will not affect our One Life Initiative (and any other existing initiatives). We will continue to be a church that invests in the Church, the next generation, those who are lost and broken, and the future.

Everyone at Echo is invited to a reception honoring Pastors Andy and Stacie. We invite you to join us on Sunday, June 26 at 4pm at our North San Jose campus.

A box will be available for any cards and messages for Pastors Andy and Stacie at the reception on Sunday, June 26 (mentioned above). A Polaroid photo booth station will also be available for any photos you’d like to include with your card/message. If you’re unable to attend in-person, you can mail a card in to: Andy & Stacie Wood, 1172 Murphy Ave, Ste 130, San Jose, CA 95131. 

If you have any questions, we kindly ask that you direct them to your Campus Pastor in order to respect the privacy of the Wood family during this time.

On Sunday, June 26, Pastors Andy and Stacie will officially commission Pastor Filipe as our Acting Lead Pastor. We invite you to join us for service on that day.

This title refers to being Lead Pastor until next steps are determined by the Board of Overseers and Board of Trustees after a thorough review and discernment process.

We invite you to stay connected with your local campus community and to pray for our church, staff, and leadership as we continue to seek His direction for Echo. The Church belongs to God (Matthew 16:18, Colossians 1:17-18), and we are continuing to pray that God would be glorified throughout this journey of saying “yes” to His leading and trusting Him. We encourage you to keep leaning in, being connected and engaged, and supporting your Campus Pastors and leadership.

We encourage you to reach out to your local Campus Pastor, who is available to meet and discuss any other questions you may have.

Resources

Processing Transitions

A guide to help you process transitions

Walking Through Grief

Message from our All The Feels series

Join us for Seasons

A new series starting Sunday, June 19