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,