Pastor Nominating Committee Update


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June 2nd Update from Jessica Weis, PNC Member

  • Dear Covenant Partners,
    As a committee we read the book When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search, by Chris Brauns.  Among the many gems in this book, Brauns poses the consideration that, “A church looking for a pastor faces a more difficult task than Moses and the Israelites faced (at the Red Sea)—at least in one crucial regard.” (p.22)  This one regard, he goes on to explain, is agreement on a combination of factors from scheduling/time, priorities, commitment, candidates, etc.  Going on to recognize that in the end, the agreement from the church as a body as the final step can be equally as difficult.  Brauns point in making this comparison is to stress the importance and vital role of prayer in this process.  For Moses and the Israelites, when faced with what seemed to be certain death, there was nothing left to do but to “throw themselves at the feet of God and pray that He would deliver them.” (p. 24). 
    We continue to ask that you do just that, along side us as we seek the one individual who God has planned to lead us as a church; that these many factors would be covered in his peace and grace as we walk forward in this process.
    We are at an exciting point of action having done multiple phone interviews, listening to many recorded sermons, and scheduling the next stage—skype interviews—with some of those individuals.  We continue at this time to leave the position open for new applicants as well.  Each of our committee members have voiced feeling both humility and honor at the opportunity to meet these individuals and learn their stories, strengths, and weaknesses.   While there will be one in the end that God has for this position, there are many amazing men and women of God that we are enjoying the opportunity to meet.  We are certainly in the best of hands—His.
    We ask for your specific prayer
  • For us as a committee being able to continually put ourselves and all that distracts us aside, and focus and look to His leading.  That we would come to agreement and make choices in unity under Him. 
  • For wisdom and discernment in the moving forward process with candidates.
  • For the candidates and their families hearts.
  • For Pastor David and Nancy Diehl’s hearts as they prepare for what’s ahead.
  • For our church body (us individually), that we make our hearts available to him to prepare us for His choice of a new Shepherd.

April 16 Update from Kari Stephens, PNC Member

Dear Covenant Partners
God is so good! The Senior Pastor/Head Pastor position is open and accepting applications! We are encouraged by God’s faithfulness in the process, and are prayerfully considering each applicant as they come in (until May 1st). The PNC as a whole and as sub-groups, have been working hard to create the format and procedure with which we will use to evaluate the applicants. The next step for the applicants whom we feel are strong candidates will be to schedule for a phone interview. Please pray for God’s discernment to lead us in the process and for the hearts of our congregation to be open to the upcoming change. We are so excited about where God is leading us in preparing for our new pastor!


March 7 Update from Jeff Downer, PNC Member

Dear Covenant Partners,

God is certainly guiding this process and the PNC’s effort is beginning to pay off.  What we have seen accomplished so far is tremendous.  We began by getting feedback from the core staff of our church and incorporating the results of the mission study to help guide us.  The members of the PNC are now hard at work in sub-groups to tackle each specific aspect of this project.  The job description, known as the Church Information Form, has been created along with systems in place for candidates to apply.  We now have a strategy to publicize the position and have activated a system to track candidates through the entire process.  This all means that we are within a few days of making an official job posting and accepting applications.  This is where it gets real.  One of the most important teams on the PNC is the one that makes sure we keep our church informed of our progress.  We have built in multiple ways to make sure the people of MVPC can stay up to date on our Pastor search.  In the coming weeks we will begin receiving applications until May 1st.  We still have a considerable amount of work to do.  Please continue to pray for the PNC team and for the candidates who God is about to lead to MVPC.

February 12 Update from Chris Bunn, PNC Member

Dear Covenant Partners,

The PNC has  begun meeting every Thursday to work toward finding our new Senior Pastor!  We have talked a lot about Generation to Generation over the past two years and sitting down as a group last week we reflected on the generation that started this church and God’s faithfulness to the generations raised in this church. We were reminded how blessed we as a church have been to have David and Nancy these past 35 years! We are excited to see God's hand move as we seek His will in our church's future. Please pray that we would seek first the kingdom of God and in all our ways acknowledge Him, because we know that He will set our paths straight. Also, for David and Nancy, that they would know the love and appreciation we as a church have for them and their faithful service these past 35 years. We look forward to updating you on the pastoral search through this monthly blog. Praying for you in this time of transition.

 

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                           


 


Dear Covenant Partners
As a committee we read the book When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search, by Chris Brauns.  Among the many gems in this book, Brauns poses the consideration that, “A church looking for a pastor faces a more difficult task than Moses and the Israelites faced (at the Red Sea)—at least in one crucial regard.” (p.22)  This one regard, he goes on to explain, is agreement on a combination of factors from scheduling/time, priorities, commitment, candidates, etc.  Going on to recognize that in the end, the agreement from the church as a body as the final step can be equally as difficult.  Brauns point in making this comparison is to stress the importance and vital role of prayer in this process.  For Moses and the Israelites, when faced with what seemed to be certain death, there was nothing left to do but to “throw themselves at the feet of God and pray that He would deliver them.” (p. 24). 
We continue to ask that you do just that, along side us as we seek the one individual who God has planned to lead us as a church; that these many factors would be covered in his peace and grace as we walk forward in this process.
We are at an exciting point of action having done multiple phone interviews, listening to many recorded sermons, and beginning the next stage—skype interviews—with some of those individuals.  We continue at this time to leave the position open for new applicants as well.  Each of our committee members have voiced feeling both humility and honor at the opportunity to meet these individuals and learn their stories, strengths, and weaknesses.   While there will be one in the end that God has for this position, there are many amazing men and women of God that we are enjoying the opportunity to meet.  We are certainly in the best of hands—His.
We ask for your specific prayer