January 13, 2021
"Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced"
Happy New Year! The pastor search committee is excited to see what the Lord has in store for Richland Creek Community Church in 2021! At the same time, we are also deeply encouraged and thankful as we look back at 2020. To be sure, 2020 was difficult and, for many of us, unprecedented. Church transitions are challenging but even more so during a pandemic. Yet, last year revealed with absolute clarity the faithful and steadfast care of our God. His provision, protection and preservation of our church in such tumultuous times stands as testimony to His character, grace and unwavering commitment to His church. We stand in awe of our great God!
With a new year in front of us, we are confident in the Lord’s plans and eager to meet the candidates God has brought before us. As a matter of fact, we have already begun the interview process in late December. We will conduct interviews throughout January and expect to have a shortlist of candidates by February. Once the candidates are narrowed, we will be conducting second round interviews as well as background, reference, and media checks.
Thank you for your continued patience with us as we follow the Lord in the responsibilities He has given us. We are grateful for your trust in us. As always, please continue to keep us in your prayers.
December 10, 2020
Hello and thank you for your continued patience and prayers as we continue the work God has set before us. We do hope your Thanksgiving was joyous and Christ centered. As you recall, the pastor search team collected resumes through November 30th. That resume collection period has ended, however, a few more resumes may come through this week, which we will receive and take into consideration.
We are asking all candidates to fill out an initial questionnaire before we move forward with interviews. This will assist the PSC team to get to know each candidate better. Once we have the completed questionnaire from all candidates, we will begin interviewing. We expect interviews to start in January. Our first-round interview questions are being finalized now.
Please remember us in your prayers. We fully realize and feel the weight of our pastor search responsibilities. We are working as diligently and swiftly as possible. Thank you for your trust in us.
Finally, we wish you all a blessed and joyous Christmas season. Let us meditate on the glorious Son of God who “did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:6-8.
October 30, 2020
Thank you for checking back with us. We have been diligently working to prepare for the search process. We trust you are enjoying God’s grace and mercy and continue to pray God’s blessing upon our church. With the polity vote behind us and changes to article seven of our constitution affirmed we are ready and eager to move forward.
Since our last update, the PSC has received needed items for the search to begin—namely, the candidate profile and job description. As stated in our last update, the profile will help the PSC know who we are looking for. The job description, now uploaded to our PSC page, will give the candidate a clear understanding of what the role and responsibilities are for our new vision and preaching pastor. Additionally, we have completed a more extensive congregational profile to assist candidates in learning more about RCCC.
Furthermore, the PSC has completed a thorough review of our interview questions enabling us to determine which questions would be used at varying stages of the interview process. We thank Dr. Ewart for providing us with such an exhaustive inventory of questions.
The pastor search committee is now poised to receive and evaluate resumes. We have established a fixed time frame to receive resumes. This period will run through November 30, 2020. If at the end of this period we have still not identified pastoral candidates to pursue, we will extend the time period to continue our search.
God is very much at work in and through us individually and corporately, and for this we are eternally grateful. We are excited to begin interviewing candidates and are confident in God’s perfect plans for our next preaching and vision pastor. Please continue to lift us up in your prayers.
September 22, 2020
As you recall from our last update, we were working on community and congregational profiles. Both of these brief profiles are completed and placed on the pastor search page of our website. We are also finishing up a more detailed congregational profile for candidates to help them get a better understanding of Richland Creek Community Church. We expect this longer profile to be finished within two weeks.
Dr. Ewart has provided us with an extensive list of pastoral candidate interview questions. We anticipate interviewing candidates over multiple stages or rounds. Therefore, we are in the process of organizing this list of questions for each stage. We expect to establish a time period for receiving resumes soon.
The Pastor Search Committee has received several unsolicited resumes; however, we are waiting to act on these until we receive a formal job description as well as a candidate profile from the elder body. The profile will give us a sketch of who this candidate should be (educational level, age range, years of experience, etc.). The job description will give the candidate a clear understanding of what his role and responsibilities are.
Finally, our church recently held a family meeting (September 13, 2020) in which the pastoral staff introduced proposed changes to article seven of our constitution. These changes are designed to clarify terms and structure the pastoral leadership of our church to accommodate simplicity, growth, unity, and biblical teaching. The pastor search committee will wait on our church vote (September 27, 2020)—as well as the candidate profile and job description—before acting on pastoral candidate resumes.
While we are fully trusting in God’s sovereign leading and guidance of our team, nevertheless we covet your prayers. We will soon be entering into a period of resume examination and interviews. Pray for God’s clear guidance in how resumes are collected and evaluated as well as for the interview process. Moreover, join us in prayer for the man God has already appointed. He and his family will need to transition from one church family to ours, so we pray specifically that he and his family will have absolute certainty of God’s calling.
Thank you for your trust, patience and prayers as we continue fulfilling the responsibilities of searching for our next pastor. To God be the glory.
August 5, 2020
Welcome to the Richland Creek pastor search page. The pastor search team is honored to be representing you, and we are committed to our church and to the will of God. Thank you for your trust in us and your prayers for us as we begin to search for our lead pastor. We are confident God has already chosen this man and that our role is to faithfully execute the responsibilities given to us. Rest assured our team will be defined by the Word, devoted to prayer, and dependent on the Holy Spirit as we conduct this search.
To catch you up on some of the more recent activity, we offer the following highlights. On July 12th the pastor search committee met with Dr. Ewart for a three-hour training workshop. This training was remarkably helpful. Dr. Ewart effectively laid out for us the steps necessary from start to finish. We are indebted to him for his time, service, and teaching.
Since the training, we have met three times to begin organizing ourselves for the work ahead. Despite COVID-19, we continue to meet and have committed to a standing weekly meeting. As you may already know, several members on the team have filled the following roles:
● David Howe – chairman
● Claudine Snyder – vice chair
● Ashley Porter – secretary.
The first of many tasks is to create community and congregational profiles. These profiles will give the candidates a picture or overview of the community and church body. Undoubtedly, they will be very helpful to any candidates who desire to learn more about our community and congregation. Dr. Ewart’s assessments, presented to our congregation in January, have been very helpful as we create these profiles. We have created two teams within our committee that are working on these profiles. Our goal is to complete these profiles within a few weeks. Additionally, we will also be creating a candidate profile that will help us (and future candidates) define who we are looking for. Candidates will be able to view this profile as well as submit resumes on our website.
While we wish to move ahead making the best use of our time, we also do not want to dash ahead hastily. Neither lingering nor rushing will serve us well. Therefore, we ask for your patience as we work diligently but methodically in finding our next pastor.
Please pray for us! We covet all your prayers. We are reminded of Jesus’ words, “I am the vine: you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). As your Pastor Search Committee, our obedience to Christ is key. Pray that we will abide in Christ, be filled with the Spirit, and look to Christ to cleanse our hearts of any struggles and focus on Him. For more ways to pray for the pastor search team, check out volume 5 of the Creek prayer guides.
We will keep you informed of our progress and prayer requests through this webpage. Thank you for your continued support, encouragement, and prayers.
June 30, 2020
After a season of praying over and discussing many qualified nominees, the Pastor Search Workgroup (a subset of the Elder Body) has recommended a nine-member Pastor Search Committee. The Elder Body has affirmed the group's recommendation and is pleased to announce this committee to the church family.
The Pastor Search Committee is comprised of seven active members and two alternates. The alternates will participate in all training and meetings and be prepared to step in should an active member have to step down during the search process.
As part of his role as our transition advisor and interim pastor, Dr. Ewart will begin meeting with and training the committee in the next few days. Dr. Ewart is not on the team, nor will he have a vote in their deliberations.
The Elder Body is thankful this group came together after a clear process and much prayer, and believe the committee will faithfully represent Richland Creek in searching for her next pastor.
Committee members are:
Robert Jernigan (alternate)
Melissa Peters (alternate)
Please be in prayer for our committee in the following ways in days to come:
• That they would continue to be men and women of integrity and Christlikeness and would walk in the Spirit in everything they do.
• That God would grant them unity, joy, and clarity in the work they are undertaking.
• That their meetings would be productive and fruitful as they prepare to undertake this important task.