THE SEARCH CONTINUES
It was just over a year ago that Pastor Ryan reduced his work hours to half-time at Bethel so he could invest in planting Bridge Church. We started looking for his replacement long before that, so, where are we at in our search for a new pastor?
We have some talented applicants, and we will continue to have conversations with them in the next weeks. In the meantime the Governing Elders have commissioned a study on staffing at Bethel. We believe that our staff could be better aligned to our vision. In other words, we believe our staffing structure and staff job descriptions could be adjusted so that we are working more efficiently and fruitfully.
Pastor Tom, and Governing Elders Ed Dubbeldam and Joanne Rozendaal will be working with Keith Doornbos of the Center for Church Renewal to create a staffing proposal for the Governing Elders. We hope to pursue this task aggressively so that there is no unnecessary downtime in our pastor search.
While I dearly wish that we already had a second pastor in place, I see God’s wisdom in the delay. I believe we needed this past year and the search process, to discover our real needs. I think we are going to be in a stronger position to receive a second pastor after our work is finished.
I remain as hopeful as ever. Honestly, I am feeling more hopeful than ever. I have a deep confidence that God is in charge. God will bring us His person in His time, and it will be good. –Pastor Tom
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