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Pastor Search Team Covenant

Thursday, August 30, 2018
On September 2nd, our church will vote on and launch the Pastor Search Committee to begin the work of seeking God for and finding a qualified candidate to be the proposed new Lead Pastor for BMBC.........

On September 2nd, our church will vote on and launch the Pastor Search Committee to begin the work of seeking God for and finding a qualified candidate to be the proposed new Lead Pastor for BMBC. Here is a Covenant its members will read and covenant together. Pray for the team as they begin.

 

Buhler MB Church Pastor Search Team Covenant

 

Since we, the Members of the Search Team, have been entrusted with

the responsibility of selecting and recommending a pastor to lead this congregation; and

 

Since we, the members of the Search Team, recognize the importance

of our deliberations on the future presence and impact of Christ in this community; and

 

Since we, the members of the Search Team, recognize that

the selection of a pastor is complicated by human and supernatural factors that are complex;

 

We solemnly enter the following covenant together before the Lord:

 

A covenant of trust.  We will trust the Lord with all of our hearts and not rely primarily on our own understanding.  In all our ways we will acknowledge him and he will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).  In addition, we will trust each other and expect the best out of each other.

 

A covenant of commitment. We will be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10).  We will believe the best about each other, and uphold each other in prayer.

 

A covenant of communication. We will speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).  In our team discussions and in our private conversations we will speak openly and honestly, always with a graciousness that builds up.  The freedom for all to think out loud and express feelings is essential for our evaluative process.

 

A covenant of confidentiality. We have been given a trust, and we will be faithful in keeping confidential what is discussed in team meetings (1 Corinthians 4:2).  The names of potential candidates and team discussions will be kept confidential.  We will report what we can to the congregation, but only when and how agreed upon by the team as a whole.  Specific discussions and decisions of the team will stay with the team.

 

A covenant of diligence.  We will be faithful to our meetings as long as this team is required to function (Hebrews 10:24,25).  We will proceed with thoroughness with each potential candidate.  We will work hard as to keeping prospects informed as to their status, and the congregation informed as to our progress.

 

A covenant of unity.  We will make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3).  We will resolve our differences in order to present to the congregation a unified recommendation.

 

Covenant Prayer

 

Dear Heavenly Father, You are a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God. You chose us before the foundation of the world to bring You glory, and You have called us to serve You in the Body of Christ. At this critical juncture in the life of our church, we pause to ask Your blessing on this covenant that we make with one another. Give us joy as we work together for Your glory. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.

The W's of the Leadership Retreat

Pastor's Blog

October 18, 2018

 

On Saturday, November 3rd, we are having a BMBC Leadership Retreat and all ministry leaders are invited.

 

Here are the facts:

 

What? The Leadership Retreat is an opportunity to have the ministry leaders at our church gather to hear about and talk about the continued transformation of BMBC and our various ministries.

 

Who? All ministry leaders and leadership team members are invited. This includes the leaders of our church ministries such as Christian Education, Worship, Wednesday Night Light, Youth, Pastor Search, Renewal Team, Council, Deacons, Life Groups, Kitchen, Sunday School classes, Spiritual Gifts Committee, Missions/Evangelism, Trustees, Children's Church, Communication Team, Decorating Committee, Library Committee, Social Committee, Women's Ministries, Ushers, Greeters, Nursery, etc. Pastor Charlie will be leading the retreat but will be assisted by members of our Renewal Team. If you are a team leader of a ministry and can't come, please get one or two other leaders from your team to come and report back to you.

 

When? The Retreat takes place on Saturday, November 3rd, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the meeting room of the Dillon Nature Center. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Those who attend will gain maximum benefit for themselves and their ministries if they come for the whole time.

 

Why? During the last 10 months, the Renewal Team has been seeking to help our church become healthier with a clear mission, vision and core values. These leaders have also been working on developing a "Simple Church" model and currently a disciple-making pathway to help all our ministries and members know how to be part of a church that is serious about spiritual growth by loving God, loving others and making disciples of Jesus. Now is the time to share how all this impact and help all ministries in the church. This retreat will be a call to participate in church and community transformation and will include training and coaching for ministry leaders.