“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.” - 1 Timothy 3:1

Dear First Baptist Church Family,

The Pastor Search Team wishes to thank you for your continued prayer support. Knowing that you are involved in the process in such a vital way has made such a difference to us!

In the last few months we have been meeting regularly to pray over and discuss résumés from nearly 150 potential candidates, and to listen to or watch many sermons. God has enabled us to narrow this down now to a handful of men. The work continues, but we are happy to report that there is much progress.

It is gratifying to see how God has kept the kingdom work going in and through FBCD while we are in this interim period! One thing we are very sure of is that God has plans for our future that will be far more abundant than we can imagine now (Ephesians 3:20), and He already knows the pastor He has called to lead us into that future. Therefore, we are not growing weary, but are energized as we wait on God’s perfect timing.

This decision has eternal consequences for our church, as well as for that man and his former church, so we ask for your continued daily, fervent prayers. Pray for God’s leading and protection. Pray for the team to continue walking in unity and to have the ability to discern God’s will. Pray for “the” man to hear God’s voice in an unmistakable way.

As you pray, remember Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 15:58—Therefore, my beloved brothers [and sisters], be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Your Pastor Search Team,

Kevin Finch, Chris Meyer, Mark Akins, Dennis Gannon, Lee Ann Null, Mary Jo Linhorst, and Jacque Charlton

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