PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATES
As we continue to move forward in our search to find a new Senior Pastor, the time has come to solicit nominations for the Senior Pastor Search Committee (PSC). The PSC is responsible to seek out and recommend to the church a minister of the gospel of the Baptist faith whose leadership abilities and Christian character qualify him to serve as Senior Pastor of Millbrook Baptist Church. The selection process, committee member qualifications and expectations and specific duties of the PSC are presented below.
Each member of MBC is requested to prayerfully consider the qualifications and expectations for PSC members. If you feel the Lord’s guidance in this matter, please acknowledge the expectations, then complete and return the form. If you have an individual you feel led to recommend, have him/ her acknowledge the expectations, then complete and return the form. Completed forms may be placed in the offering plate, turned in directly to the church office, or returned at the front Connection Center from November 11 to December 16.
We encourage you to be in much prayer during this transition period for MBC, the pastoral search process, and the person our Lord has chosen to be our new Senior Pastor. Please direct any questions about the nominations to me or your other deacon officers: Jim Schiele, Steve Corley, and Harry Harmon.
Yours in Christ,
MBC Deacon Chairman
Nomination Forms may be downloaded below or copies are available at the front Connection Center:
Section 4 of the MBC By-laws states that the election of the Senior Pastor shall be upon the unanimous recommendation of a seven-member Senior Pastor Search Committee (PSC).
Nominations for the PSC will be made by the congregation, and from these nominees the Deacons will select fourteen candidates from the list of those acknowledging and meeting the qualifications and expectations of the PSC. The congregation will then vote in January for seven individuals from the nominees presented who will form the PSC. The Committee will consist of seven members, of which no two can be related and at least two will be women and two active Deacons. The goal for the composition of this committee is to have a broad representation of the congregation.
The PSC will elect its own officers. All PSC nominees not elected will become alternates and may serve on the Prayer Team for the PSC during the search process. After the election, should a PSC vacancy occur, the alternate representing that group on the committee will be expected to fill that vacancy.
The specific duty of the PSC will be to seek out and recommend to the church a minister of the gospel of the Baptist faith whose leadership abilities and Christian character qualify him to serve as Senior Pastor of MBC. The PSC will keep the congregation advised of progress, through the Deacons and Church Council, without revealing confidential information. All expenses incurred by this committee will be paid by the church.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPECTATIONS
The Senior Pastor Search Committee (PSC) is confronted with the most difficult task related to the future of Millbrook Baptist Church. A PSC nominee should understand and agree that he/she will be committed to serve in accordance with a list of qualifications and expectations, as defined by the Deacons and communicated to the congregation.
Nominees should meet the following qualifications:
Be an example of Christ-like living
Has been faithful to and through the church
Has respect among the congregation
Is open and honest but willing to keep confidences when appropriate
Has been a MBC member for at least two years prior to the date of election
Has demonstrated a regular giving pattern over the last two years
Has attended a Connect Group regularly over the last two years
May not be on the MBC called staff nor a member of his or her immediate family
Each individual who accepts a nomination for the PSC is expected to:
Pray daily for the Lord’s leadership and guidance in finding the person He has chosen for MBC
Be expectant that the Lord will uniquely and unquestionably work to reveal His will as to whom should be selected as our Senior Pastor
Be willing to yield to the total will of the Lord putting aside his/her own desire and realize that the choice of a new Senior Pastor must be directed toward the whole church membership
Sacrifice other time, as required, to perform individual tasks required to support the search process
Spend at least 2 hours per week, and probably more, meeting as a group during the anticipated 1 to 1½ year search process. This may include a study course for team building and spiritual preparation
Be willing for an extended time to spend as much as 2 weekends per month traveling to other churches, visiting and listening to candidates; Overnight visits and air travel may be required
We will be committing to pray as a church family during our transition time for direction as we seek the Lord in forming a Pastor Search Prayer Team and Pastor Search Team.
We will be reading through and studying the book: Praying the Lord’s Prayer, by J.I. Packer during two prayer times at the church. If you are not able to join us at the church on these specific day and times, set aside time during your week, download the prayer guide and pray.
For more details and information visit: millbrook.cc/prayer
6:00 – 7:15 PM • The Mill
9:45 – 11:00 AM • Room 166