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Senior Pastor Search Update

185! Can you believe it? As of Monday, February 4, 185 resumes were submitted for the Senior Pastor position. The number is still growing!  Our consultant, Brian Dunks, and the team at Vanderbloemen Search Group, have completed their review of all resumes submitted. As well as, most of the telephone screening calls of qualified candidates. They are in the progress of conducting a more in-depth phone interviews with the most qualified candidates. The next step in the process is for Brian to personally spend an hour to an hour and thirty minutes with each candidate exploring their ministry track, theology, strengths, weaknesses, passions, etc. to determine if they are a good fit for Friendship.

On Sunday March 3, Brian will be speaking at both services. Afterwards, he will spend the afternoon with the Senior Pastor Search Team. He will present to the team the slate of six to eight potential candidates, along with a package of materials on each one. Each member will receive the candidates’ resumes, interview summary, introduction video, personality test results and links to their sermons. The team will send the week praying and reviewing each candidate. At the end of the week they will submit their ranking of each candidate. On March 10, they will meet again to review the rankings and select their top candidates for further consideration. They will begin to conduct interviews with each top candidate prior to inviting them to spend a weekend with us.

The Pastor Search Team members are:

Jeff Carraway                               Terry Rhodes                    

Shannon Fike                               Todd Sanders

Dana Fleming                               Ben Stewart

Tommy Morgan                          Robin Storey

Frank Morrison                           Shawn Sullivan

Kalena Reeves                             Brian Tolbert

Will Reeves


Please continue to pray for our church, each member of the search team and our next Senior Pastor. Also, pray for the church they will be leaving.

Posted by Keith Willoughby with

Farewell Letter

Church Family,

Next month will be 20 years that I have been serving at Friendship. There are so many things that we have accomplished together that we can be proud of. We have transitioned to a more relaxed, contemporary style of worship. We have a church that is known for making the Bible relevant and practical to everyday life. We have thriving children’s and youth ministries and we have expanded our ministry impact in our community. We have also seen hundreds of children, teens, and adults become followers of Jesus and get baptized over the 20 years. But most importantly, we have come to the realization that what we do here isn’t about us. It’s about those who are not here. Those who aren’t followers of Jesus. We exist to be radically other centered. 

Something else that I have also realized is that this is not about me. Friendship Church is bigger than me. It will continue without me and will thrive without me. Back in October, I announced I was leaving at the end of May to pursue other opportunities and interests. 

As the months have ticked by, burnout which has led me to be overwhelmed by all that is on my plate has robbed me of my motivation to lead the church. I now believe it has become counterproductive for me to fulfill my desire to make it to the end of May. With me struggling with this feeling of burnout and emptiness, I feel it isn’t fair to the church or myself to continue until May. I wish I could have delivered this message to you personally, but right now I am overwhelmed by my feelings and I am unable to deliver it in person without getting too emotional. Having been here almost 20 years, I have a tremendous love for this church and for each one of you. Thank you for 20 incredible years. Tarsha and I thank God that He has allowed us to be a part of what He is doing at Friendship!

With Christ’s Love, 

Matt Galloway

Posted by Matt Galloway with 1 Comments

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