Search Team Update 10/25/2014

Applications for the Senior/Lead Pastor position closed on October 10th, and it has been our privilege and joy to read and review well over 100 applications since then.

In many ways, this process resembles that of online dating: we created a profile which we felt best reflected our church’s character, values and the things we are looking for, and now we are scrolling through the profiles of dozens of gifted, godly men to see if we can find a “match” which is agreeable to both our church family and the applicants – understanding, of course, that God is the one who works behind and in all of our match-making choices.

It has been very encouraging to see the breadth and depth of ways that God has called and equipped people in his service: truly, we cannot say enough how honored we feel to have received applications from so many people. Reading their testimonies has been remarkable. That being said, though, not every applicant is a good match for us. Of some we have said “This guy is awesome… for another church, and another place in God’s Kingdom.” It comforts us to know that God will have a place for everyone. Our hope, even for those we have said ‘no’ too, is that the process of applying was helpful to them, and that they were blessed by their interaction with our church.

That being said, we we busy narrowing our list of candidates to a “top 10″. We are reading resumes again, checking references, and bathing the process in prayer. We aim to be taking our relationship with those top 10 to the “next level” in November – asking each of them for answers to more detailed questions in this get-to-know-you process.

As indeed, they will be getting to know us.

We are so grateful for God’s guidance and the help He has provided thus far. We are grateful that in this interim period, we are faithfully led by a Spirit-led staff and board of elders. We are grateful for the reminder that we, the congregation, are the church. However, we also eagerly look forward to the day when we have a senior pastor again.

Thank you for your prayers, and thank you for your patience. We are working as quickly as we can: we know this is important. We are also not wanting to rush, and to take the time this needs to choose wisely, prayerfully and well. We are working for as long as it takes to keep in step with the Spirit.

Please keep praying. We trust that God is faithful and will lead us to the place he has appointed.

On behalf of the search team,

Bronwyn

Search Team Update 9/16/2014

The Pastor Search Team has been combing through more than 80 applications we have already received, and are excited to read more as we get closer to the close of applications on October 10th. It is amazing to see the wide variety of gifted and godly people God has sprinkled throughout his world! We trust that God has a place for every one of these applicants to serve Him in His Kingdom, and are encouraged to read many applications which could, potentially, be a wonderful fit for our community.

Thank you for praying and trusting God with us. Thank you for attending the worship and prayer night (and thank you, Derek and Randy, for leading us!) Thank you to the pastors for shepherding us through this time of transition: a “crossing” from one season to another.

And thank you, in hope, for continuing to think of people you’d love to see serve at FBC Davis, and encouraging them to apply.

With hope, and deep gratitude from the Search Team.

Pastor Search Team Update – 8/18/2014

It has been two weeks since the job posting for a new Senior/Lead Pastor was listed.  Applications have started coming in and we have a few dozen applicants from all over the US – it has been encouraging, and we look forward to reading many more before applications close on October 10th, 2014.

The Search Team would really appreciate your prayers as we read through every application. Please pray for God’s guidance and wisdom, for each applicant to be blessed by their connection with us. Please also prayerfully consider if there are individuals you might encourage to apply. Pray that, as Exodus 23:20 says, God would send his angels ahead of us at FBC to guard us along the way and to bring us to the place that He has prepared.

Thanks for your support and prayers: we appreciate every word.

Gratefully,

The Search Team.

First Baptist Church of Davis Seeks a Senior Pastor

Thanks for visiting this site. After 22+ years, our beloved senior pastor, Glen Snyder, has retired. We are actively seeking a new senior pastor to lead First Baptist Church of Davis into the next phase of our ministry. This website provides details on our church, our community, the qualifications we are seeking in a senior pastor, and the application process.

We invite you to browse through the main FBC Davis website to learn about our ministries, statement of faith, purpose, staff, and resources (recent sermons, upcoming events, etc.).

Please contact us with any questions you might have about this position at: PastorSearch@fbcdavis.org

We are being guided by this passage as we look to the Lord to direct our search: Exodus 23:20 – See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.