PSC Blog Post #7 Resume Evaluations
It has been far too long since our last update and for that we apologize. In our last Blog, we indicated that the job announcement for our Senior Pastor position had been posted and would close around the 20th of March. That announcement has now closed and we received seventy-six resumes in response. Over the course of the last several weeks the PSC has began prayerfully going through the process of evaluating those resumes with a target to have our top ten candidates identified by May 3rd. At that time, notifications will be made to both those still being considered and those no longer being considered. It is both exciting and humbling to finally be at the point in the process where we are looking at resumes, reading letters of recommendation and watching sermons on video (technology can be a wonderful tool). Exciting because we very much look forward to God revealing to us who He has selected to be our next pastor...humbling because we know that in and of ourselves we’re incapable of ensuring that divine appointment is kept. However, there is also a sense of confidence...not in ourselves; rather, confidence that stems from knowing that the God we serve is sovereign, fully in control, and that the Holy Spirit that dwells within will continue to guide us throughout this process. We have been encouraged by the number of pastoral candidates, as well as churches, that indicated they are joining with us in prayer during this time of seeking. We ask that you continue to pray for us as well. It is our sincere desire that we will be, individually and collectively, in tune with the the Holy Spirit and His leading throughout this process.
As we met this past Sunday (via Zoom), we had the opportunity to discuss our initial evaluations and thoughts with respect to the candidates. We will meet again this Sunday to further discuss as we continually narrow down that list of candidates. It has been truly amazing to see how the team has come together and made significant progress in spite of the present circumstances in which we all find ourselves. As the task that lays before us gains clarity, we ask once again for your prayers and have included a list of items you can join with us in praying about:
Pray for the man God has already identified as our next pastor. For his family (if he has one) and the church family that he will be leaving.
Pray for the PSC (individually and collectively) as we earnestly seek God’s wisdom and discernment.
Pray that our church will be ready to receive God’s man.
We appreciate your encouragement and support as we methodically move through this process. It is truly exciting to see how God is moving within First Baptist Burkburnett (in spite of the challenging circumstances) and we stand in in eager expectation of what He will do next!
Pastor Search Committee
Rusty Midgett Billie Gorham Jan Holtzen Danny Taylor
Anita Owen David Stout Tony Dimarzio Jimmy Beeson