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Pastoral Search Team Update

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It has been six months since we held the farewell service for Pastor Paul and Wendi Johnson. The last gift that Paul and Wendi gave us, as they headed to their new ministry assignment in Minnesota, was a healthy departure. We have been blessed to experience a seamless transition as the rest of our pastoral staff have stepped up to provide excellent leadership, administration, and preaching. 
 
Our elders’ board approached me to lead our pastoral search team and I have humbly accepted this responsibility. This past week we held our first meeting as a search team. We are still forming the team and hope to announce the full team at the town hall meeting in November. At this time, the team consists of Peter Grierson and Gerald Neufeld from the board, joined by Dave Sowerby, Marian Hislop, Linda Whitelaw, and myself. We are excited to serve the church in this important step of our journey.
 
We are still in the preparation stage of our search process. Right now, we are focusing on developing a concentrated prayer plan for the church, selecting and training our search team, and working with the elders board to identify our values, purpose, and vision so we can find a suitable pastor to lead us in the right direction.
 
We are committed to communicating well with our congregation so we will be providing regular prayer requests and updates as we journey together through this transition. Please pray for us as we finalize our team and prepare a comprehensive prayer strategy for SDBC and our pastoral search process.
 
If you have any questions or comments for our team, please feel free to contact me directly at .
Posted by Craig Kraft

WHY SDBC KIDS?

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SDBC Kids is an important ministry. That is an understatement. SDBC Kids is the future of South Delta Baptist Church—and that is not an overstatement at all. One of the duties we have as Christians is to leave a legacy of faith in our future generations. What imprint are we going to leave in Tsawwassen, Ladner, and in the lower mainland? Is it not our hope and desire that we would leave behind a generation that knows, fears, and loves God? We want our next generation to love Christ and love our community the way Christ exemplified for us. This is what we are called to do as a church, and this is why SDBC Kids is the future of our church.

If we want to achieve this goal of raising a generation of Christ followers, we must invest in the next generation. This is what Paul did with Timothy in the bible. Paul invested in the next generation. We cannot leave this very important task to just staff or a group of volunteers. It is our duty—as the entire church—to pray for our children and their parents, and walk alongside them so that these families become evangelists and witnesses in our city. We need to invest in our families and support them in teaching the next generation about Jesus. Because our church is currently without a director of SDBC Kids, you have an opportunity to invest in this ministry more directly. We are inviting our lay people to take on significant roles in the leadership of SDBC Kids. We have assembled the SDBC Kids committee—the equivalent of the Avengers of children’s ministry—which will help lead SDBC Kids. This committee is comprised of many lay people in our church that have a strong passion for the next generation in our city. In what way are you investing in the next generation? If you feel led to be more involved in investing in the next generation, I invite you to serve alongside us at SDBC Kids, and invest in the future together.

Posted by Paul Park

A Note from our Elder Board

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Where is the time going? September is well underway and summer memories are beginning to fade as we move into fall and many return to school, sports, and other weekly routines.
 
At South Delta Baptist Church, we value community and we’re pleased to see such a positive response to our recent focus on community groups. As an elder board, we share a special form of community in addition to our individual community group connections. We hope you are taking the opportunity to get yourself plugged in and connected with a community as part of your weekly routine. Another great way to connect is by serving in the church. We are all gifted in one way or another and if you are willing to serve, there’s a place for you.  

Over the summer, the elders and staff have continued working on a refreshed vision for SDBC, as well as forming the lead pastor search team. In each of these tasks, we are actively seeking God’s wisdom, direction, and timing. While our efforts on vision refreshment continue, we’re pleased to announce that Craig Kraft has consented to join Peter Grierson and Gerald Neufeld on the lead pastor search team. We are blessed to have Craig join us and are already enjoying his skill, knowledge, and perspective on the process. We are continuing to seek out other members to provide representation from across our congregation as well as the unique skill sets needed for this important team. Our plan, God willing, is to complete the selection of the team in the next few weeks, then allow the search team to build its plan and approach to the search process for review and approval of the elders. At the November business meeting, we’ll share an update from the team and expect their efforts to begin in earnest in the new year.  
 
As mentioned, we’re seeking God’s leading in this process we have begun, and each of you can contribute by praying regularly for the elders, search team, and ultimately, our next lead pastor. We’ll continue to provide updates and we welcome your input to

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