PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE

We have added a Pastor Search Committee page so that we can keep everyone up to date on the latest work being done by this team. Here’s their first post. Every time there is an update, it will be posted here.

 

Pastor Search Committee Update

Updated: 9.18.2022

In the beginning of this journey, we made a commitment to this church, and to the head of this church, Jesus Christ, that we would follow a process based on prayer, documented best practices and lessons learned, sometimes learned the hard way.  Now we believe we’ve narrowed the search down to a single candidate, however its important to us that we continue to honor our commitment.  There is still work to be done and its critical that we maintain confidentiality.  So we ask for your continued patience and continued prayers.

Please pray for your Pastor Search Committee (PSC): Lynn Herr, Eric Goelzer, Pam Allen, Lezlee Jurica, Danny Mills, John Green, Jerald Schroeder, Woody Woodward (non-voting adviser).

Our PSC email address is search@firstprotestant.com

Ways to Pray for the Pastor Search Process

Pray for your church.

During this time, pray that your church would remain humble and unified. Pray that they would be patient and wait on the Lord’s timing. Pray that they would be productive, recognizing that the church is still the church. Pray for evangelistic faithfulness, recognizing that the Great Commission still applies.

Pray for your Pastor Search Committee.

The Pastor Search Committee has been entrusted with the weighty responsibility to identify the man that God is calling to be the church’s next pastor. This is not an easy job. Pray that they would be unified and practice godly wisdom and discernment. Pray that they would be thorough in their screening of potential candidates. Pray that the Lord would protect your Pastor Search Committee from unnecessary and unfair criticism from impatient church members.

Pray for your next pastor.

While you may not know the identity of your next pastor, God does. And you can rest assured that the Lord can respond to any prayers uttered on behalf of your next pastor. As you pray for your next pastor, pray that God will give him the strength to leave his current ministry. Pray that God will give him a deep love for your church and community. Pray that the Lord will give him a strong desire to teach and preach the whole counsel of God and to fulfill the other biblical roles of a shepherd. Finally, pray that he will not allow the demands of ministry to cause him to neglect his family.

Pray for your next pastor’s family.

Whenever you call your next pastor, there’s a good chance he won’t join your church alone. If he’s married, he’ll be accompanied by his wife and any children still living at home. And they need your prayers just as much as he does. Pray that your next pastor’s family will adjust to the community and the church and will develop new friendships quickly. Pray that they will not be subjected to unrealistic expectations.


We have entered into the following covenant together before the Lord:

A covenant of trust. We will trust the Lord with all of our hearts and not lean on our own understanding. In all our ways we will acknowledge him, and he will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). In addition, we will trust each other and expect the best out of each other.

A covenant of commitment. We will be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10). We will believe the best about each other and uphold each other in prayer.

A covenant of communication. We will speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). In our committee discussions and in our private conversations we will speak openly and honestly, always with a graciousness that builds up. The freedom for all to think out loud and express feelings is essential for our evaluative process.

A covenant of confidentiality. We have been given a trust, and we will be faithful in keeping confidential what is discussed in team meetings (1 Corinthians 4:2). The names of potential candidates and team discussions will be kept confidential. We will report what we can to the congregation, but only when and how agreed upon by the team as a whole. Specific discussions and decisions of the team will stay with the team.

A covenant of diligence. We will be faithful to our meetings as long as this team is required to function (Hebrews 10:24,25). We will proceed with thoroughness with each potential candidate. We will work hard as to keeping prospects informed as to their status, and the congregation informed as to our progress.

A covenant of unity. We will make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). We will come to closure on our differences in order to present to the congregation a unified recommendation.

Dear Heavenly Father,
You are a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God.
You chose us before the foundation of the world to bring You glory,
and You have called us to serve You in the Body of Christ.
At this critical juncture in the life of our church, we pause to ask Your blessing on this covenant that we make with one another.
Give us joy as we work together for Your glory.
We ask it in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

 

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