We have some exciting news to share with you regarding the Succession Planning process…we are officially entering into the Lead Pastor Search phase! As you have been hearing from us, the Succession Planning Committee has been working tirelessly together for the past 3 months to establish the Plans, Policies, and Job Description in preparation for the search for our next Lead Pastor. We are excited to announce that the Committee has completed all the tasks set forth for them to accomplish in the Committee Charter except one…prayer! We are calling the entire congregation to pray along with the Committee as they will continue to meet every Tuesday morning to pray during the Lead Pastor search.
At the recommendation of the Committee, we will be engaging a Pastor Search Consultant to assist us in the process. During Committee discussions, it became apparent that we don’t have the in-house capacity or expertise to do a national search ourselves so we are engaging the Consultant to publicize the position for us and provide us with qualified candidates that we can pursue. Two separate Pastor Search Consultant firms were interviewed and through prayerful consideration, we have selected the Slingshot Group. The Slingshot Group has extensive experience in Lead Pastor placement and their Associates are still involved as Pastors in their local churches so they have real-time insight into church ministry.
Also, as recommended by the Succession Planning Committee, we are excited to announce that a Pastor Search Committee has been created! This group of 8 amazing men and women was formed as a smaller subset of the Succession Planning Committee to take advantage of their knowledge of the Succession Planning documents and common understanding of Committee discussions. Their task will be to interface with the Pastor Search Consultant throughout the process. They will be the group that initially reviews candidates brought to us by the Consultant and they will narrow down the number of candidates for interview by the Governing Elders, Pastors, and Staff Leadership. Please know that although the final decision will be made by the Governing Elders, we will engage as many voices as feasible from our church congregation…this Lead Pastor will be our long-term Shepherd and it is extremely important to us that we hear from you!
The Pastor Search Committee Members are listed below:
LeDonna Almon Pastor Gus Davies Mike Kemp, Vice Chairman Nick Maroulis, Chairman Natali Reyes Matt Shiles Chris Storms Carroll Woehr
Danny Gordon, Resource Jackie Schurga, Resource
We are told that from start to finish (depending on God’s timing, of course) the process will take a minimum of 6 months. So, there may be times when it appears nothing is going on, but rest assured we will be actively searching and we will keep you updated all along the way. Please be praying for each member of the Committee that God would give each of them wisdom and discernment toward the selection of our next Lead Pastor. Also, please pray that God will prepare our next Lead Pastor’s heart for ministry at Northland and pray that God will also prepare us for him!