Pastoral Search Committee
Update: October 30, 2016
I would like to take a quick minute to give you an update from the Pastor search committee. The search team will share with you that we are in conversation with a prospective Pastor. We have been in conversation for some time now, and will continue to move forward as God leads. The search team has been in prayer for this man, his family, his church, and God’s leadership. The Pastor search committee is asking that each of you pray. Pray that our will is to be in God’s will. Pray that the Pastor that we recommend to the church is the Pastor that God has called for us. Pray for each other. Pray for unity as a congregation. Pray for confirmation of God’s will. Pray that God will provide a spirit of peace that only He can bring. The Pastor search committee is calling the church to join us in constant prayer.
I will share with you something this pastor told me this week in conversation with him. The Pastor and I were having a conversation and at the end of our discussion I asked him one more question, “ Pastor how do you feel? I mean your spirit? What is it telling you?” He said, “Brian we are in a good place. On certain days I am all in. Ready to go”. “Then there are the days that I am sitting talking to a family that I have come to know, and I wonder. There are days that I meet with some men of the church for breakfast, and I wonder.”
He said, “I am constantly asking God for confirmation of His will. I am seeking God’s will, and I am ready to do what he calls me to do”.
I share this because it’s important to see the magnitude of calling a new Pastor for all the involved parties. So the search team calls you to prayer. God is good. God is working.
Thank you for your time and prayers.
UPDATE: JULY 17, 2016
I would like to take a moment and update you on the Pastor search committee. I would love to tell you we have a recommendation for the church, but we are not there yet. The search team is making progress. We continue to meet weekly and will do so through this process. The team has created a Pastor profile, Church profile based on your congregational survey, Ministry profile, along with a brief history of the church, and a Pastor job description all of which we use as the guidelines for our search. The team believes that for a pastor to lead a church he must have a vision for the church, which gives direction and allows him to lead. The team, along with much prayer and the profiles, has created a vision of our next pastor. We have a vision. We have direction. We have unity.
We continue to look for the Man. The committee has made great progress over the last couple of months. We have narrowed our search from over 400 resumes to a mere 25 to 30 on the short list. Make no mistake most of these we feel are qualified preachers, but we can count on one hand the ones that might fit within our vision, not to mention he must have God’s calling for our church. There’s only one that God is calling to be the next Pastor of FBCNPR.
We understand the questions of Why? How come? When? What is taking so long?
I tell you that all nine members of the pastor search committee are ready to find God’s man. We have looked at many outstanding men of God, but we have yet to find the “one”. The Team is determined not to “settle”. We are unified in the idea that we cannot “settle” or just “fill “the pulpit. We are also unified in the thought that it’s not just about finding a “Pastor”. We as a church must look at, and consider the big picture. We must understand that God may be waiting on us! King David reminded Saul that it’s not just about killing the Giant! It’s about God’s people having faith. It’s about God’s people being united and standing up! It’s about the congregation asking what can I do to help? It’s about the “church” serving others! It’s about God being pleased with His people! It’s about God serving and blessing His church!
I will tell you up till a couple of weeks ago the search committee had created a rapport with a pastor. We felt God was leading us in his direction. The team had researched, reviewed, checked references and after much prayer decided to schedule a formal team interview with a church visit. The team was in unanimous agreement. The idea that this man might be our next pastor began to resonate with all of us. The week of our scheduled visit the pastor called and said that he wanted to call off the meeting and please remove him for consideration at this time. He stated that some of his staff had turned in their resignations to accept other positions in ministry. He could not in good faith look for and fill ministry positions then leave all at the same time. He stated the timing was not right and he feels compelled to stay where he is for now.
So as we continue to move forward with our search please pray. The church must pray corporately, specifically, and individually. Bro. Irvin led a “call for Prayer” a couple of weeks ago, we need to take heed in this call and continue to pray.
Thank you for your time and God Bless!
UPDATE: May 01, 2016
The Pastor search team would like to take a moment to give a brief update of our progress. We continue to process a short list of potential Pastors. We are looking for the man God has for our church. A pastor that will not only preach the word, but create a vision for our church, administer our staff and lead us into the future.
We have contacted the pastors on our list as we have ranked them. While we have worked diligently to filter our prospects, some of our top choices have already moved to another church or ministry. The search team asks that you continue to pray for God’s will and His timing. God’s timing is very important in this process. We have to be mindful of how this process works and who is involved. We pray for “God’s will”, “God’s plan”, “God’s timing” and yet we may not understand what that means. First Baptist church of New Port Richey can be ready for our new Pastor, but he may not be ready for us. God’s will includes everyone!
The impact of calling a new pastor reaches out to multiple churches, families, communities, and the staff of those ministries. We want to remind you that we will only talk to one candidate at a time. The search team may talk to a pastor for several weeks, going though the process, and for whatever reason realize he is not the “One”. We then move to our next choice. This often means we start over with the investigation of our next candidate.
God’s timing aligns us with God’s will and God’s will aligns us with God’s plan. The average time for calling a pastor is one month for every year of his ministry in that church. It took about 18 months or so before our church called Dr. Guy Sanders to be our pastor. The search team continues to meet on a weekly basis praying and seeking God’s leader for our church. The search team is working in unity with due diligence. The Pastor search committee is a great team and a great representation of our church. Please continue to pray!
God’s Timing, God’s Will, God’s Plan
For the sake of the Kingdom.
UPDATE: January 16, 2016
The search committee has been meeting for about nine months. The committee members have reviewed 300+ resumes. We are currently preparing a short list of candidates who meet the initial qualifications taken from our congregational survey. We will send a letter of inquiry to each of the men on the short list to determine if they are interested in pursuing the position further or if they want to be removed from consideration. We will then use this refined list to begin the next phase of our due diligence: checking references, listening to sermons, performing background checks and scheduling interviews with in-depth, detailed interviews. We will only talk to one candidate at a time. We will do everything within our control to protect each candidate, their families and their church ministries.
God’s Word tells us that, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (KJV Ecclesiastes 3:1) We are in such a “season” and we appreciate your patience and covet your continued prayers!
UPDATE: October 13, 2015
Thank you to all who submitted Congregational Surveys. The Committee has used the results to draw up a snapshot of the qualifications and preferences we are seeking in our new Pastor. This profile will be used as a guideline for sorting incoming resumes. A formal job vacancy announcement and job description will be listed this week among the network of agencies within the Southern Baptist Association. We will begin reviewing resumes next week. We ask that you please be patient, as this is a long process that requires specific actions, and please continue to keep your Committee in prayer as we diligently seek the man God has already chosen to lead First Baptist New Port Richey.
UPDATE: September 8, 2015
The Congregational Survey’s have been turned in. The committee is no longer accepting new surveys. The committee will be studying and compiling the information found in these surveys and use the information to help form the search criteria for a new pastor.
UPDATE: June 15, 2015
On Sunday, June 14, 2015, with an approval vote of 97%, the church members of First Baptist Church of New Port Richey elected the pastoral search committee as seen below.
ORIGINAL POST: June 8, 2015
On Sunday, March 29, 2015, Dr. Guy Sanders announced his retirement effective on May 31, 2015. At that time, the Board of Deacons was charged, in accordance with our church constitution and by-laws, to select the Pastoral Search Committee. Over the course of 5 weeks, the Deacon Officers began compiling a list of over 25 names to submit to the Deacons for consideration. The Board of Deacons also submitted a few extra names for consideration. Over the course of a few weeks, the Deacons met and have unanimously recommended the search committee to the church for a secret ballot vote, which will be held in both morning services on June 14, 2015. Below, you will see the proposed pastoral search committee. Check back periodically for updates.