We, the seven members of the Pastor’s Nominating Committee, also known as the Pastor’s Search Committee, of Baptist Church as elected by the church on May 22, 2019, affirm our desire and commitment to serve our church to fulfill the vital task of bringing to the church a nominee for Pastor who is a minister and whose Christian character and qualifications fit that person for the office of Pastor of this church.

We commit to:

  • Build trust with each other so that we can each bring our whole selves into the process.

  • Engage in healthy conflict to examine the full range of options.

  • Engage in mutual respect, open-mindedness, cooperation and collaboration.

  • Listen well to each other and be sensitive, respectful and diplomatic of differing opinions and ideas.

  • Work on behalf of the entire congregation, with each member representing all members of the church.

  • The committee and its actions so that each member has input and ownership.

  • Encourage openness and full participation in each other.

  • Hold each other accountable to responsibilities and progress of the team’s work.

  • To make this appointment a priority in our individual lives.

  • To the process of searching for a Pastor and to the hard work necessary and to be thorough, not rushed.

  • Keep committee goals at the forefront of all of our actions to ensure progress toward the nomination of a Pastor.

  • Listen to our congregation and other wise individuals and use that knowledge and information to search for a Pastor who exemplifies as many characteristics we desire as possible and who will be the best fit for our church.

  • Communicate with the congregation regarding the progress of the process as much as possible.

  • Engage in individual and joint prayer, opening ourselves to the Holy Spirit and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in this process.

  • Pray to know God’s will and to do God’s will.

  • Be mindful of the future of our church.

  • Unanimously recommend a nominee as Pastor of our church after much thorough research and deliberation.

  • Have a Pastor in place to help BCOC walk into the beginning of its next 50 years.

  • To assist the new Pastor with the transition to his or her new position.

We ask the congregation for prayer – for us individually and the team collectively, for our spouses and family members from whom we will sacrifice time, and for our congregation as a whole.

We ask the congregation to be supportive of each of us, be patient with the process, understand the confidentiality necessary when considering candidates employed by other churches, and care for each other and for our current ministers and staff.

Kristen Berthiaume, Mike Casey, George Crear, Kit Deason, Ann Carol Mann, Frank McCrory, Nancy Yarbrough
July 8, 2019