Pastor Search Committee
The Pastor Search Committee continues to make steady progress in our search. During our "gathering phase", we received the names or resumes of 140 prospective candidates. Those names came from a variety of places such as FBC members, educational sources, denominational sources, people who know FBC well, friends of candidates and the candidates themselves. We have been working very hard, carefully researching each candidate and determining which of them we feel are most qualified to lead our church. We are making extensive use of online resources to watch sermons, read blogs and newsletter articles written by the candidates, and using any other information we can find to assist our discussions and decisions. We have narrowed the list significantly and are now in the process of making contact with our top candidates to determine their willingness to enter a dialog with us. That will be followed by face-to-face discussions, calls to references, on-site visits and other key elements of the search.
I cannot answer the question most frequently asked- when do you expect to be finished with your search? We are trusting God's timing, knowing that His hand is guiding us as we move forward. The committee prays each week for open hearts and that God's will be done with every decision that is made.
Several of you are part of prayer groups that are making commitments to pray during this journey. Others will offer individual prayers. Your role as a prayer partner is critical, so please be faithful.
We believe that FBC is uniquely positioned for great ministry opportunities. We are trusting God to give us wisdom and discernment at every step of our search process. These are exciting days as we look with great anticipation towards the future. God has richly blessed FBC during its 205 years of ministry. May His blessings continue as we seek our 41st pastor.
Chairman, Pastor Search Committee
PSC Members: Larry Moore: Vice-chairman, Amanda Ponder: Recording secretary, Diane Singer: Prayer coordinator, Elaine Dickson, Gaines Gravlee, Zach Hamm, Pat Lewallen, and Jerry Miller.
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