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Senior Pastor Update March 19, 2019

The thirteen members of the senior pastor search team have been working diligently with our partners at Vanderbloemen Search Group to narrow the 250+ candidates down to three. During the next three weekends,  a candidate and their spouse, will visit with us. The purpose of the weekend is for both parties to continue to explore our possible relationship and to discern God’s vision. Each Sunday, the message at both services, will be given by the candidate. He will be available to speak to everyone, who wishes to talk with him, between services and after second service.

On Wednesday evening of each week we will post on the website an introduction video of the candidate who will be speaking the following Sunday. We will also include links to messages he has given in the past.

Below are the dates of their visits. The order is not based on ranking, rather their availability.

03/22 to 03/24 - Joel and Ashley Wood. They have three boys with a little girl due in June. They currently live in Douglasville, GA. Joel is the Connections Pastor, and one of the teaching pastors at Crossroads Church in Douglasville.

 03/29 to 03/31 - Dan and Pam Pratt. They have three grown children. They currently live in Canton, MI. Dan serves as the Next Generations Pastor, and as one of the teaching pastors at Life Church in Canton.

 04/05 to 04/07 - Andrew and Annette Tate. They have four children. They currently live in Springfield, MO. Andrew serves as the Discipleship/Next Generations Pastor, and is one of the teaching pastors at High Street Baptist Church in Springfield.

 Please continue to pray for all of us to be able to discern God’s will. Thank you all for being part of Friendship.

 I truly loving serving with you all,


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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.

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