September 1, 2019
The search team has been reviewing multiple candidates over the past several months, and has taken a very serious look at a few of the applicants. They have visited the church of a particular candidate of interest, and will be moving forward in the process with him, however, they want you to know that they are still accepting resumes and reviewing additional candidates.
They ask that you continue to pray for the team, for the man that God has for this particular position, and for the process. They know that God has already identified and chosen him, and is preparing his heart for the move to TBC. It's their job to be open and obedient to God's leading in finding the man he has chosen for us. They will continue in this search and move forward in the process with those the team sees to have great potential for TBC.
June 23, 2019
The search team has held two more meetings since their first report, and their comprehensive search plan is now ready. All policies and procedures, including candidate vetting and the evaluation process, are in place. A job description and biographical sketch of the Bridge Church for our internet presence is being finalized, and you will see the official announcement on the Bridge Church website next week. We’re very excited about that. The search team has received resumes even before the opening had officially posted, so they will begin interviews very soon.
The strategy of where and when to target our announcement of this position requires contacting church leaders across the country, reaching out to seminaries for alumni contacts, and posting the lead pastor teaching position on job search engines. And here’s where the Bridge family can be of assistance: if you think of a potential candidate, please let us know. The man God wants at this pulpit may be a relative, a friend, or even your former pastor. If you have a lead, e-mail the office and let us how to contact you for information. firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the search team continues this important work, several scriptures are brought to mind. This week we want to share two: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” And one from the New Testament found in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
We know that God has already prepared a man to be lead teaching pastor, and we understand He will bring the right person to The Bridge Church in His perfect timing.
The search team will be updating you on a regular basis and all information will be on The Bridge website as well. In the meantime, we deeply appreciate your prayers and support.
The first meeting was held on May 21, 2019.
A comprehensive workbook has been compiled to organize their search procedures, and systems to recruit and evaluate candidates are already in place. As a guideline, they are using a book written by a Christian consultant who has a long and successful history of working with Churches conducting pastoral searches. They realize that God has already chosen the person that fits our needs, and that prayer is our greatest asset during this process. They ask that each member of The Bridge pray that God will bring the right person forward in His perfect timing. The search team will be updating you on a regular basis from the pulpit and will be publishing information on The Bridge website. They deeply appreciate your prayers and support as this important process unfolds to reveal what God has planned for us.
May 15, 2019
The interview process for the Pastor Search Team is complete. They are TBC members with two years standing to when The Bridge was founded 18 years ago.
May 5, 2019
Two of the Elders have met with the Pastor Search Team candidates and will notify them next week who will be included. The goal is to have a diverse group that represents the church and can give us some good input on what their small group/demographic/perspective is as well as use their circle of influence/friends/family, etc to see where we will get our next teaching pastor.