The following is an update from the Pastor Search Committee.
April 8, 2020
On behalf of the nine-member Pastor Search Committee selected by you, our church family, we want to share with you a brief update on where we are in our process. The magnitude of the task of selecting the next Senior Pastor of Champion Forest Baptist Church can be overwhelming. Therefore, in order to prepare and equip ourselves to find God’s man for the job, we knew that our very first priority as a committee must be to immerse ourselves in prayer.
With this priority in mind, we dedicated the first several weeks to intensive prayer. We spent time seeking God’s will, praying for one another on the committee, praying for God’s wisdom and discernment, praying for our church leadership, and praying for you. It is vital to each of us on the committee to have our church family partner with us by praying alongside us throughout our search process. As a result, we developed and provided access to a Prayer Guide for everyone to use in their daily quiet time. We appreciate, covet and feel your prayers. Seeking the Lord’s guidance through prayer is always important, and that is especially true during this season in the life of our church as we seek our next Senior Pastor.
In addition to praying, we have been gathering an extensive amount of data about our church from all four CFBC campuses, so that we can present to candidates an accurate view of our church’s current mission, core beliefs, and organizational structure. We are, indeed, one church with four distinct campuses. The pastoral search process cannot be successful if you don’t know your church. The committee’s current task is to compile information which will give us the most accurate picture of the health of our church, including information on life groups, missions involvement, worship ministry, spanish ministry, kids and youth ministry, and other various programs that are so vital to who we are as a church. Having this information is essential to knowing first who we are, so that, in turn, we will be more prepared to recognize who God has chosen to be our next senior pastor. As you might imagine, this is not an overnight accomplishment.
One of the top questions we are being asked is “How long do we expect the pastor search process to take”? We are just as excited as you are about who God has chosen for CFBC. As the prayer guide emphasizes, we are praying that we will have no timetable but God’s. We are confident that the Lord’s timing is perfect. He is never early, and He is never late. We serve an on-time God! As we walk through our process, we will continue to work at God’s pace and trust in His timing, seeking the Lord through it all. We will keep you updated periodically as we move forward in the search process. We expect many of your questions will be answered in these updates.
So, how can you help the Pastoral Search Committee in this endeavor? You can help us by continually praying for each person on the committee, for our current CFBC leadership teams and for God’s timing.
Thank you for taking time out to read this update. You will hear from us again, from time to time, through the CFBC website.