Leadership Team Moment September 27, 2020
Good Morning Melrose Family,
As you know, since the Leadership Team was formed, we have used this verse in Jeremiah 29:11 as our guide and our inspiration: “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God has blessed this church and we have felt His promises throughout our time of transition. And it is with the hope for that future, that I have some very good news to share with you this morning. On behalf of the Leadership Team I want to let you know that we have selected a final candidate for the job of Senior Pastor at Melrose Baptist!
The process for this team began in April 2019 as we prepared to select an Intentional Interim Minister and has brought us to this most important moment. We began the Pastor Search in July of this year and were so pleased with the quality and variety of candidates that we had to consider. This journey has been one that this team has taken on with utmost dedication, complete commitment and prayerful discernment to find the person that we felt God was leading us to for this church. Our decision was unanimous as a team.
In the Constitution and By-laws (refer to slide) it states the Pastor Search Committee shall bring one name at a time for consideration by the church as Senior Pastor, and no nomination shall be made except that of the committee. An affirmative vote of at least three fourths (3/4) of those present and voting shall be necessary for extending a call.
With that in mind, we would like to invite the church to the “View of Call” Weekend that will be October 10-11, 2020. There will be various opportunities to meet and hear from the candidate. We are in the process of finalizing plans for those events, incorporating the current considerations for social distancing and COVID-19. We want you to mark the date and know that we will have a process in place for in-person and online voting. To allow for online voting, please be sure the church has your current email address on record and that we have separate emails for various church members that live in the same household. This will give every church member the opportunity to vote. We will give you more specific details next Sunday morning and in the week prior to the event.
While we are very excited and would love to share information about the candidate, due to the nature of the situation we are unable to do so at this time. The candidate is currently serving at a church and since we as a church vote for this candidate, they cannot inform their church until after they know what we have decided. With social media and the internet as it is today, it would be disrespectful and inconsiderate to the candidate and their current church family to release any information too soon and risk that information “getting out” into the world. We will give you more specific information about our candidate as we get closer, so please be patient and considerate in regards to this process.
Thank you. Please keep our candidate, their family and their current church in your prayers as we move forward in the next steps of this process.