Lead Pastor Search Process Updates and Prayer Items
In February 2017, our former Lead Pastor, Bryan Smith, and family left to return to his home church back in Reno, NV. To seek who God has for our church, we have assembled a search team and hired a firm that works specifically with churches to place candidates from across the country. We will be posting updates and prayer requests on this page during our search process.
Estimated Timeline and Process for our Lead Pastor Search
Throughout March and April, Vanderbloemen Search Group (VSG) will be sourcing, screening and interviewing candidates that express interest in our Lead Pastor position. Nearing the end of April, VSG will be narrowing the candidate pool that best meets our described qualities and cultural fit.
If everything goes according to plan, by early to mid-May, VSG will be recommending candidates to the Real Life search team and initial interviews will begin to take place.
By late May our Search Team should have an understanding of the candidates and begin narrowing down our focus to a finalist. Once the Search Team senses God’s leading and a finalist is chosen, the Elders will interview and approve a date for the candidate and spouse to visit, meet in person and teach a trial sermon to the congregation.
The following week after the candidate teaches a sermon, members of the congregation will vote for or against the candidate. If approved, the elders will extend an offer to the candidate and make arrangements for start date and relocation.
June 22, 2017
Our Search Team and Elders have scheduled a candidate and his wife to come for a visit with Real Life the weekend of July 9. Drew Froese will be speaking during both services that Sunday. Please plan to be with us that weekend to meet Drew and Amy and continue to pray for God's blessing in this process.
June 12, 2017
Continue to pray for Real Life to be united and on purpose while we wait for the new Lead Pastor. Also – pray for the church that the candidate is leaving. There will be a void there, and we ask God to provide for the hole this person and their family will leave.
May 22, 2017
Our search team will be meeting candidates virtually soon. Ask for God to lead the team and Elders to put aside personal agendas and to be drawn to the best person for the church.
May 1, 2017
Ask God to continue to provide the Real Life search team and Elders wisdom and discernment to understand who God is calling here. Pray they would hear God’s voice with clarity and feel peace in His timing.
April 17, 2017
Please pray for the family of the person God has chosen to come. Pray for his wife and their child or children. They will be uprooting their life/friends to follow God’s leading. This isn’t easy so pray for God to comfort them in this time.
April 3, 2017
Pray for the person God is calling here. Ask God to provide them clarity as they continue to seek His will for what is next. We want this person and their family to feel a peace from God. We want them to be excited for a new season of ministry.
March 13, 2017
Pray for the consultants who are beginning to filter candidates through the process. Pray that the person He wants to fill our Lead Pastor role would feel God stirring in him and begin to seek what the next step in that process is.
February 22, 2017
Pray for God to sustain, guide and strengthen our church during the search for a new Lead Pastor. We don’t want to remain idle and want to continue to see God at work.
February 22, 2017
On Sunday, February 12, 2017, Real Life search team and Elders met with a search firm to describe personality, theological beliefs, and cultural fit of who we feel would be best for the church. This will guide our search consultants to narrow the field and present us with the best candidates from around the country matching our criteria. The entire process will take months. We understand the desire to hurry to hire someone. However, the role of Lead Pastor will greatly impact Real Life for years to come so we will be diligent in taking our time to seek exactly who the Lord has for us.