Tonight (Tuesday), the elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church will be seeking consensus on whether to recommend an applicant to the congregation to succeed Pastor John as the Pastor for Preaching and Vision. It is actually a two-step process, the first being congregational approval of the applicant to serve alongside Pastor John during a transition time, and then at some future point another affirmation of this person as the Pastor for Preaching and Vision. At least that’s my understanding of the process.
If they reach that consensus, the applicant will be introduced tomorrow as a candidate for the position. The congregational vote will be in May.
Pastoral leadership means a great deal in a church. As I’ve said before, I’ve only known of one healthy disability ministry in a church that did NOT have the support of its senior pastor.
And I also know enough of the elders to know these are Christian hedonists who love the Lord and love the church. I have lived with a remarkable lack of anxiety about this entire process knowing how seriously these men take their responsibilities to the church and lean on God for help.
Bethlehem belongs to Jesus; he will do what he deems best.
And I know that God listens to the prayers of his elect. So, if you would, please pray for Bethlehem’s elders today as they consider God’s leading.