This is your one stop for everything Senior Pastor Search Team (SPST)! We will occasionally be posting updates here, and reposting what is said on Sunday mornings so that nobody misses out. Our hope is to provide you with information that will help all of us gain a clear understanding of the process that will guide us through the search for our next Senior Pastor, as well as help define the expectation for where we are headed. Gaining a unified vision, understanding and a clear expectation is vitally important to prepare us as a body for where we are going. Our desire is that this page, and the documents and posts below, will help provide clarity and answer many of your questions!
Below you can click the buttons to find a lot of information including the Senior Pastor Job Description, the EFCA Statement of Faith and short bios of all of the SPST. Further below that will be blog posts relating to the SPST. God Bless!

Sunday Recap – Update on the Senior Pastor Search Progress

Hello Bethany Family,

We wanted to take an opportunity to update you on our search for the open Senior Pastor position. Since we last updated you in October the Senior Pastor Search Team has continued to accept and screen applications. The search team continues to meet weekly to discuss and review applications, talk through the next steps with any open applications and most importantly pray over this process as we continue to seek the Holy Spirit’s leading for our church!

Since October the team has received and reviewed an additional 34 applications, bringing the total number of applications submitted since the search was launched in September to 63. A number of these men have met the desired qualifications and the team has conducted a number of follow up calls and formal interviews as they continue to seek God’s will through this process. In addition to reviewing the applications that have been submitted the team has been actively looking for possible applicants and stayed in contact with the Forest Lakes District and National EFCA offices in an effort to find potential applicants. This has been successful in generating a number of referrals and we continue to seek the advice of these offices as we patiently walk the path God has before us! The team is currently in discussion with a couple applicants and remain excited about the direction and progress of the Search.

The Overseer Board is excited and encouraged by the process, the steady stream of qualified applications and the interest we have had! We rest firmly in the timing and leading of the Holy Spirit, faithfully trusting that when we are ready, the man will be here! Most importantly we are excited about the work the Holy Spirit is doing at Bethany right now! We continue to see God’s provision in and through our church family, and in leading and equipping us to live out the mission of Bethany Church!

We are blessed to have an amazing pastoral and support staff that humbly and faithfully serve our body. We rejoice in the continual work for the Kingdom being done here at Bethany! We encourage you to join us in continual prayer for our church, our search process and the next senior pastor of Bethany as we continue to faithfully walk the path God has laid before us! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with any member of the Overseer Board.

The Bethany Overseer Board

Sunday Recap – Update on the Senior Pastor Search Process

  • Update on the Senior Pastor Search Process
    • Job Posting went “LIVE” on September 22nd
    • We have received 38 applications of which 6 met the minimum requirements of the job description
    • Oct 4-6 an applicant visited Bethany for an initial interview.  Mutually agreed not to move forward.
    • REMINDER: Search Team info is available on the Bethany website under the ABOUT US tab
    • Overseers and Pastors will be visiting all of the Grow Groups in the next 3-4 weeks

SPST Update – September 15th, 2019

Greeting Bethany Church!
We just wanted to take a brief moment to update you on status of our Senior Pastor Search.
The Senior Pastor Search Team, assembled by the Overseers per the bylaws, has been meeting since
August 15th.
Our focus thus far has been on reviewing our process and documents and reflecting on the
first Search Process and discussing ways we can improve the process! While we have received a handful
of applications through word of mouth, we are officially launching our search on September 22nd.
A large amount of time has been spent discussing how we can better equip the Bethany family to stay
connected to the search process and understand what our goal is. We have prepared a couple
documents, with various resources that the Overseer Board and Search Team will use to help guide the
search process, as well as a Bio packet for the Senior Pastor Search Team. These will be available in 3rd
Place at the Senior Pastor Search Kiosk, as well as on the Senior Pastor Search Page on our Website.
We want to hear from you, to answer any questions you have and help you get a clear picture of where
we are headed in this search. To help assure we connect with as many of you as possible the Overseers
and Pastors will be meeting with Grow Groups over the next month to help assure any questions are
answered and to provide a clear understanding of where we are going.
As always, we ask that you be in fervent prayer for our Church, The Search Process and whoever God
will call to be our next Senior Pastor. We are eager to see him move and are earnestly seeking the
leading of the Holy Spirit and the will of God through this process.
We look forward to meeting with many of you as we walk this process together!