March 2019 Update

  • March 18, 2019
  • BY Eric Morse
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In January 2019, the elders met for a day-long offsite meeting to prayerfully consider and discuss where the Lord is leading The Moody Church and the pastoral search. Following that meeting, the elders decided upon the following items:   The elders emphasized the importance of pastors working together with our executive pastor and managing director … [Read More…] March 2019 Update

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October 2018 Update

  • November 12, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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At the October 28, 2018 Annual Meeting, Pastor Bill Bertsche spoke on behalf of the Elders to update the congregation on the status of the pastoral search. The content of this post is taken from his comments to the congregation.   At the October 2017 Annual Meeting, the Elders announced—and The Moody Church membership affirmed—their … [Read More…] October 2018 Update

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Understanding the Congregation’s Role in the Pastoral Search Process

  • June 6, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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The final step of the pastoral search process is the congregational vote. A candidate must receive two-thirds’ support from members present to become the new Senior Pastor of the Moody Church.   Given the importance of this congregational vote, it is vital to understand two things about the vote: (1) the congregation is not expected to … [Read More…] Understanding the Congregation’s Role in the Pastoral Search Process

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Upcoming Search Committee and Elder Q&A Sessions

  • May 18, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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The Pastoral Search Committee understands that an important part of the search process is keeping the Congregation informed of relevant updates. Not only is the Congregation an integral part of the process – as the Members of the Moody Church will ultimately vote to approve the final candidate recommended to them by the Elders – … [Read More…] Upcoming Search Committee and Elder Q&A Sessions

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April 2018 Update

  • April 30, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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The following is the update from the Pastoral Search Committee that was given to the congregation during the 2018 semiannual meeting on April 22nd, 2018.   We are here to report to you that the activities of the search committee are still going strong. The committee continues to meet regularly, twice a month. Since we … [Read More…] April 2018 Update

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Prayer Request March 2018

  • March 22, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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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)

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Criteria for Evaluating Teaching Pastor Candidates: Spiritual and Personal Strengths

  • March 8, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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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 Teaching Pastor. The Search Committee also considers factors related to a potential candidate’s walk … [Read More…] Criteria for Evaluating Teaching Pastor Candidates: Spiritual and Personal Strengths

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Criteria for Evaluating Teaching Pastor Candidates: Preaching Style

  • February 22, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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While there are many important characteristics a 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 listening … [Read More…] Criteria for Evaluating Teaching Pastor Candidates: Preaching Style

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What goes on at a typical Pastoral Search Committee meeting?

  • February 8, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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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 Senior Pastor will be successful only if God directs the search, each meeting is centered around prayer. The meeting begins and … [Read More…] What goes on at a typical Pastoral Search Committee meeting?

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January 2018 Update

  • January 25, 2018
  • BY Eric Morse
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​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