What is the latest update from the Pastor Search Committee?
Sept. 29, 2021 Pastor Search Update: The Pastor Search Committee has been working very hard to narrow down the list of fantastic candidates. They are currently conducting second interviews. By the end of next week, they will have narrowed the list down to one candidate. A date will be set for that person to preach at First Baptist and meet our congregation. Please continue to pray for the Pastor Search Committee. They still have a lot of work to do and hard decisions to make as they prayerfully consider which candidate God is calling to be the next senior pastor of FBC.
What is a Self-Study
A congregational self-study involves a focused look at who we are today:
- What core traits define our culture together?
- What do current numbers say about our strengths?
- How has Carrollton changed and what future changes do we expect?
- What qualities does the congregation hope to see in the next pastor?
The self-study will result in two documents: a congregational profile and a pastoral profile. The committee will use both to seek God’s leadership toward a candidate who best matches what we need.
Who are the members of the Pastor Search Committee?
What are the duties of our Interim Pastor?
Dr. Joel Snider will fill the pulpit a minimum of nine Sundays each quarter. Additionally, he participates in staff meetings, provides feedback to our ministers, participates in Deacons’ meetings, and makes occasional trips to Carrollton for special events. The ministerial staff provides and recruits pulpit supply preachers when Dr. Snider is not with us. Dr. Snider will also provide limited counseling and visitation as requested and his schedule in Carrollton allows.
How are significant decisions and duties handled during the interim?
Jennifer Jindrich administrates the day-to-day operation of the church and coordinates the work of the ministerial staff. The church elected an Administrative Council to guide matters beyond the day-to-day operations (see their pictures below). Dr. Snider advises as requested. Questions about duties previously filled by the senior pastor can be directed to Jennifer or the Administrative Council.
Are we accepting resumes?
The PSC is already receiving and cataloging some resumes. Their current work is focused on developing the Congregational and Pastoral Profiles. Once those are completed, they will be more active in seeking resumes and recommendations of individuals who match our profiles.
How long will the search last?
Twenty years ago, the standard wisdom of pastoral searches was that it takes a month for every year of service by the prior pastor in order to find a new minister. The PSC believes their process will be much shorter. Taking the time to seek God’s guidance in creating our profiles will help speed up the process when they actively evaluate candidates. Additionally, the internet helps reduce the need for travel time, as most candidates can be evaluated on their preaching by viewing current sermons on their respective churches’ websites.