“So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.” Acts 20:28

As we enter this season of prayer for our next pastor, the desire is to share information that is relevant to this search so that, as a church body, we can together, seek God’s wisdom in this process.

Below is the latest update from leadership. (July 14, 2019)

JULY 14, 2019 UPDATE

Thank you for your overwhelming thoughtful involvement with candidate recommendations for our senior pastor search committee and contributions to our senior pastor profile.

We received a total of 342 search committee candidate recommendations. 170 unique individuals were recommended for the 9 positions on the committee.

Each of these recommendations were reviewed and considered. A subcommittee of our deacons has narrowed this list down to 16 men and 12 women representing our campuses. The pastors on our executive leadership team have reviewed these candidates and commented on their qualifications.

The deacons will be voting on these finalists Monday, July 15. We will begin contacting the candidates following the vote by the deacons. The 9 members who have agreed to serve on the committee will then be brought before the congregation for a vote.

Be assured that a lot of prayer has gone into this process. Seeking God’s will for our next senior pastor is an immense task. It is one of the most important yet humbling tasks with which a member of our church body can be involved…

William Vanderbloemen in his book: “Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbock”, lists several recommended traits for a pastor search committee member:

They are agenda-free.
They have spiritual depth.
They have a broad view of the church and its mission, and have its best interests at heart.
They are available for and committed to the committee and process.
They live out the church’s mission and vision.
They match the culture of the church and staff.
They possess expertise that complements the needs of the church.
They exude a non-anxious presence.
They are supportive but can think independently . . . and can balance the two.
They do not micromanage the church.
They have leadership experience.
They play well with others.”

― from “Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook” by William Vanderbloemen

Please pray for wisdom and discernment as we seek God’s will in forming the search committee and calling our next senior pastor.