Senior Pastor Search

December Status Update

Pastor Marty Continues to Lead

As the Elder Board prepares for Marty’s departure in June of next year, we want to affirm for you that until then, he remains our leader. And he is engaged and active.

In fact, those of you who attend our weekend services in person know and can attest to, the weeks that Pastor Marty is not preaching, he and Laurie are in the building, greeting and loving people as they come into and leave the services.

Outside the weekend services, Marty is:

  • actively and enthusiastically leading the staff
  • preparing his sermons
  • meeting with the elder board weekly for prayer
  • praying for the next Senior Pastor of FAC and doing all he can in preparing the way for him
  • writing and recording several short clips for his Facebook posts

 

In the months ahead, Marty and Laurie will record videos of their journey during this momentous time and will share them with us in the near future.

To help prepare Pastor Marty and Laurie for their next season of ministry, the Elder Board has asked Marty and Laurie to take a well-deserved, multi-week sabbatical in the first quarter of 2021 for soul care. This will give them solitude away from the day-to-day details at FAC so they can:

  • Continue to pray to God and hear His call for their next season of ministry
  • So, they can dream together about their future and
  • To sift through ministry opportunities that have been presented to them

 

Update on the search for FAC’s next Senior Pastor

Progress to date:

  • Earlier this year, Marty, together with the Elder Board, setup a Pastor Search Team. As we speak they are active gathering names of pastors who might be considered for Marty’s replacement.
  • The process kicked-off in November. The Team publicized the open position, inviting interested pastors to submit a cover letter and resume. This application period will continue until the end of a three-month period, which concludes on January 31, 2021.
  • We are now at the halfway point of the application phase. Here are just a few of the accomplishments so far:
    • Our Pastor Profile which outlines the role of our next pastor is posted at 15 seminaries.
    • The Pastor Profile has also been published to three Internet job-boards that specialize in pastor openings.
    • We have currently received over 60 resumes from interested pastors
  • Because we still have more time, the Team plans to do more. We do not want to leave any stone unturned. So, we will expand the communication of our pastoral opening wherever new avenues are revealed.

Next Steps for the Search Team

The Search Team will be emailing the pastor profile to at least three friends or family members who attend different churches outside of our region and we will continue to call on targeted churches asking them to share our pastor profile with possible interested parties.

And now we are asking you to help too

Would join the Search Team by emailing the [FAC Pastor Profile] to at least three friends or family members who attend church outside the region? It is very possible that someone in our congregation already knows our next pastor.

Please spread the word.

In closing, please continue with us in prayer.

Pray for:

  • Marty and Laurie that God will reveal to them where and how they are to serve Him in their next season of ministry.
  • Pray for the next Senior Pastor. We know God has chosen him and we must remain faithful to God in our due diligence process as we continually seek God’s will.
  • Pray that God’s church will continue spread locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Finally, we want to remind all of us that this is a very exciting time in our Church history as we are not focusing on endings but instead choose to celebrate the new beginnings of a new era for God’s church!

We will be providing another update for all of you in the next several weeks. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the [Elder Board] and/or the [Search Team].

Check out the [Search Team Blog] for more information, updates, and prayer requests, throughout this process.