If you have questions or thoughts to share with the search committee, email us at: pastorsearch@bayleaf.org

 

Updates

 

April 5

In March, we continued our search, seeking and reviewing additional candidates. We have initiated conversations with two candidates and will continue to pursue these and others where there’s a fit and the spirit leads. We remain committed to seeking God’s guidance in selecting a leader for Bay Leaf Baptist church at this time. Your prayers are a fundamental part of process.

While we continue to search,  the Senior Pastor job remains open at the Vanderbloemen site at https://www.vanderbloemen.com/job/bay-leaf-baptist-church-senior-pastor

Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions at pastorsearch@bayleaf.org 

 

March 10

We continued in prayer and conversations with a candidate over the past month. After much prayer, he did not receive a confirmation from the Lord to take the next step in our search process. We are actively continuing our search and will be seeking candidates and praying for God’s leading. As we heard this past Sunday, God has a plan. We trust He will show us His man to lead our flock in His time.  And appreciate your continued prayers. 
 
While we continue to search,  the Senior Pastor job remains open at the Vanderbloemen site at https://www.vanderbloemen.com/job/bay-leaf-baptist-church-senior-pastor
 

February 8

In the past month, the search committee has held an initial interview with new candidate. We are currently continuing conversations with this candidate and both the candidate and the committee are in much prayer seeking God’s will.

Many of you have contacted us and let us know of your prayer support. We greatly appreciate the prayers and trust they are the foundational work of this search. Again we ask you to continue to pray for clarity on God’s calling.

While we continue to search,  the Senior Pastor job remains open at the Vanderbloemen site at https://www.vanderbloemen.com/job/bay-leaf-baptist-church-senior-pastor

 

January 4

In the last weeks of 2020, the search committee continued the interview process with two candidates. At this time, we have not yet been led to recommend a candidate.

What's Next? We are actively continuing to pursue alternate candidates. While we continue to search, the Senior Pastor job remains open at the Vanderbloemen site at https://www.vanderbloemen.com/job/bay-leaf-baptist-church-senior-pastor

What Can I Do? We appreciate the prayers of the congregation for this search, and ask that you continue to pray that the Lord would lead us to the candidate He has chosen for us at this time.

 

November 20

In October, the search committee conducted phone/zoom interviews for a set of top cadidates provided by Vanderbloemen search firm. We then narrowed that set and held in-person interviews with two candidates and are currently continuing with that process which also includes in-depth references and background checks. 

As the selection process continues, the Senior Pastor job remains open at the Vanderbloemen site at https://www.vanderbloemen.com/job/bay-leaf-baptist-church-senior-pastor. In addtion, the position has also been posted on the Southern Baptist Convention job board. Additional applicants have applied and have been reviewed.

What's Next? The committee is in continued discussion and evaluation of the remaining top candidates. We are seeking God's will for selection.

What Can I Do? We continue to ask for your support in prayer. As we speak with candidates, pray that God would make His choice for the next pastor abundantly clear to us all. Continuing to grace us with wisdom and discernment.

 

October 7

In September over 100 applicants were screened and a set of the most promising candidates have been presented to the search committee. As the selection process continues, the Senior Pastor job posting remains open on the Vanderbloemen site at https://www.vanderbloemen.com/job/bay-leaf-baptist-church-senior-pastor

What's Next? - The committee is currently assessing the set of top candidates and starting the initial phone interviews.

What Can I Do? - We continue to ask for your support in prayer. As we speak with candidates, pray for open and transparent discussion coupled with wisdom and discernment.

 

September 7

The Senior Pastor job position has been posted and is available on the Vanderbloemen site at https://www.vanderbloemen.com/job/bay-leaf-baptist-church-senior-pastor for the past month. We've received a good number of qualified applicants so far. Current applicants have gone through initial screenings and a set of candidates will be interviewed in the coming weeks. The posting will remain open at this time, and any additional qualified candidates will have an opportunity to be considered. 

What's Next? - At the end of September, the search committee will begin selection of a small set of the most likely applicants for intensive assessment and interviews.

What Can I Do? - As before, we ask for your continued prayer for wisdom and discernment as we consider each candidate. We ask that God will reveal His desired candidate to us in this process.

 

August 7

The Senior Pastor job profile has been completed and the open position has been posted on the Vanderbloemen site at https://www.vanderbloemen.com/job/bay-leaf-baptist-church-senior-pastor 

Use of the Vanderbloemen posting site provides broad visibility of the position opportunity across the country, as well as a single entry point for interested applicants to apply.  Any interested applicants should use this posting link to submit their application.  

If you know qualified applicants, please encourage them to apply using the link above or you can pass their resume along to the search committee. We will review all candidates and follow-up with the candidate in applying through Vanderbloemen. 


What’s next?

As applications are received, applicants will be reviewed and undergo an initial screening.  The search committee will then perform a review in preparation for initial phone conversations. 


What can I do?   

Share the posting location and encourage any qualified applicants to apply. Continue to pray for all involved in this process.  Pray that God would touch the heart of the one he would have lead us at this time.  Pray that we would be attentive and open to discerning God’s will in the selection process.

 

July 6

As we prepare for our search, the committee is working on establishing a clear picture of what we are seeking in a candidate. In addition, we need to develop plans for how we communicate the availability of the position and how we will review, select and communicate with candidates. As we walk through the process, there will be much work to be done to excute on all of these steps. 

To accomplish this, we will partner with Vanderbloemen firm to help us walk through the search process. They will help us define the seach process, ensure we take care of all aspects of the search and stay on track for timely completion. We will continue to focus on selecting the candidate as the Lord leads. Based on your survey input, we will work next to develop a profle for the postion that we will use in our posting and review of applicants. 

Thanks again for your support and prayers. We trust the Lord to lead us in this search.

 

June 30

We want to thank you for sharing your thoughts in our recent Senior Pastor search survey.  We received 434 responses with a great amount of input that has been summarized in tabulated and qualitative forms.  We received responses from a broad range of church members with a natural range of responses. Yet, there were some clear, common themes of the following core characteristics and criteria that church members would like to see in our next Senior Pastor:


    •    Leader who equips and challenges others
    •    Engaging, Biblical teacher who shares the inspired Word of God
    •    Generational Bridge Builder
    •    Active, visionary leader
    •    Outward, mission focus
    •    Life and ministry experience in line with other criteria

Your input will help guide our direction in seeking and selecting our new pastor.
Please continue to pray for God's hand to guide us to His candidate. Thanks again.