When the pastoral search process began, the Elders interviewed multiple search firms to assist in the process, ultimately deciding, on the recommendation of the Pastoral Search Committee, to hire AGORA. AGORA, headed by Rob Lauer, continues to assist the PSC in multiple ways, helping identify and evaluate potential candidates. First, AGORA has been and … [Read More…] The Role of the Search Firm
The Pastoral Search Committee continues to review potential candidates, having reviewed nearly 30 potential candidates since September of 2017. The Committee desires your continued prayer, knowing that the process must be one directed by the Lord. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
The previous blog post outlined the criteria the Pastoral Search Committee uses to evaluate sermons of potential candidates. And while a potential candidate’s preaching and teaching abilities are critical, they are only one part of what will make for a successful Lead Teaching Pastor. The Search Committee also considers factors related to a potential candidate’s … [Read More…] Criteria for Evaluating Lead Teaching Pastor Candidates: Spiritual and Personal Strengths
While there are many important characteristics a Lead Teaching Pastor should exemplify, the committee’s primary focus is on the preaching ability and giftedness of each potential candidate. The committee evaluates the preaching and teaching ability of each potential candidate before we discuss any other aspects. We pray that the Holy Spirit would guide our time … [Read More…] Criteria for Evaluating Lead Teaching Pastor Candidates: Preaching Style
While every Pastoral Search Committee meeting is a little different, each meeting involves two core components: prayer and the discussion of potential candidates. First, because the Committee knows that the search for a Lead Teaching Pastor will be successful only if God directs the search, each meeting is centered around prayer. The meeting begins … [Read More…] What goes on at a typical Pastoral Search Committee meeting?
The nine member pastoral search committee is excited and very engaged in the process of finding and recommending a lead teaching pastor to the elders. In the past four months, the committee has considered more than 20 individuals, reviewing resumes and listening to lots of sermons. The committee has been encouraged with the quality of … [Read More…] January 2018 Update
As we move forward in our search for a Lead Teaching Pastor, one of the initiatives of the Pastoral Search Committee (PSC) is to better communicate status updates with our church family. We’ve put together this blog in order to better facilitate that communication. We encourage you to read through the outlined Pastoral Search Process … [Read More…] Blog Launch