I’m writing to give you just a brief update on our search for our new Youth Pastor.

First, thank you for being patient with the search process. I regret that we could not replace Pastor Brandon by the beginning of summer. Please know that we did the best we could—following up all our contacts and leads—but we were unable to find the right person. So, as quickly as possible, we hired a company called Vanderbloemen, which specializes in church staffing. They have been working now for eight weeks—accepting resumes, doing interviews and testing, etc.

My update is this: On July 16, Vanderbloemen will present the top five candidates to our Search Team. They have had over 50 applications and have done the work to cut it down to the best five applicants. Our team will hear a presentation on each of these five men. We’ll watch a video presentation from each of them. We’ll look at their testing results. We will then spend a week of prayer and consideration and come back on July 23 to make a decision. You should know that the Search Team includes the Leadership Team, Pastor Brandon Sales, Anne Jones, Pastor Paul Moffett and Kurt and Mandy McKee. The McKees bring a high school parents' perspective as we make this decision. We’ll all be thinking this through and trying to discern God’s voice in the next two-to-three weeks. 

So, friends, we should know much more by July 23 and, of course, I’ll connect with you quickly when we know something more. While there is a small possibility that we would not be satisfied with any of the candidates, I am fairly confident that our next Senior High Youth Pastor will be one of the five men we’ll see on July 16. 

Be in prayer for the Search Team, would you? It’s an important decision and one that we don’t take lightly.

Blessings to you all!

Pastor Art