The elders spent last evening interviewing two wonderful people who applied for one of the two pastor positions we are looking to fill immediately. Both men are exceptional disciples of Christ, with obvious gifts, strengths and hearts for the Lord. It was a good time of getting to know each better, along with their spouses. Everyone asked and answered questions. I believe our opening prayer was answered too. We asked Christ to lead us, speak through us, and draw us closer as brothers and sisters in Him.
Recently, I read a book titled “Rare Leadership”. I vaguely remember referring to it previously. It’s a great read, and not what you might think it is from the title. In it, one of the authors tells a story about how he came to realize, after being hired as the lead pastor for the first time, that his pedigree, the academic institutions he had degrees from, and the churches he served in previously, didn’t matter. What he discovered that mattered most was maturity.
And although the Lord certainly isn’t finished with the pastor candidates, I came away from the interviews feeling that both men were mature. They have different backgrounds, education, and paths of serving the Lord. Also, I’m guessing there’s ten years between them. However, it’s obvious that the Lord is working through them, refining them and using them to serve Him and to lead His church.
I’m excited for us, family. Pray that the elders clearly hear from the Lord through His spirit, and that the person the Lord wants leading and teaching at FCC also hears that same spirit. And, give thanks for the members of the search team. They served the Lord and His church well. It wouldn’t hurt to thank them personally too!
God is Good!
Published on June 9, 2017 @ 2:05 PM AKDT
Thanks for the update, Richard. Excited at what God is doing and praying for wisdom for our elders.
Posted on Sun, Jun 11, 2017 @ 1:30 PM CST
Thank you for this update ~ it's very encouraging! We've been praying for God to lead you elders in this search, and are trusting that He is accomplishing His will in each one of us, as well as the church body as a whole. May God bless you for taking on this difficult, but extremely important task on behalf of Faith Christian Community! We love you!!!
Jack & Karin Fitzpatrick
Posted on Sun, Jun 11, 2017 @ 6:01 PM CST