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Pastoral Search Team Update #11

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After a short break due to last week’s long weekend, the pastoral search team had a great meeting this week. We invited our pastors to join us for dinner and discussion. It was great to spend an hour hearing from them and praying with them. They were then dismissed as we worked our way through several more applications. 

Our team has now worked through 80 applicants, and we have identified seven individuals who we are pursuing further. This means that we are sending them questions to help fill in any gaps in their resume or application. We are also doing some preliminary research on social media and listening to sermons. The next step in our process is to confirm a “short list” of applicants who will be interviewed by conference call. We will then supply the elders with a ranked list of applicants. The search committee will then work with the board to conduct further interviews to identify our pastoral candidate.

Please continue to pray for us:

  • pray that we will know the right questions to ask as we represent the church through the interview process;
  • pray that we will represent the church accurately and attractively;
  • pray for patience as we consider each applicant and provide equal time and attention to each one;
  • and pray for our pastoral team, Rick, Paul, and Jordan, to continue to provide excellent leadership for our church. We are blessed to have them.

If you would like to see our position posting and details about our church, or if you would like to share the link with someone who may be interested in the position, you may see it all at: www.southdelta.org/joinus.

Posted by Craig Kraft

Rest

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I have recently returned from a holiday away with my family. It is safe to say that this holiday was the most relaxing and restful 10 days of my life, and I am so thankful for that. Since returning, I believe that God has really been speaking to me and teaching me about the concept of rest. The majority of us live such stressful, fast paced lives that we feel we need to get away from everything once in a while, to experience a time of rest. Because of the pressures of our everyday lives, we often feel like we need to flee from our “real lives”. It reminds me of a verse in Psalms where the Psalmist is lamenting to the Lord. He says, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest...” It is in our human nature to want to flee from our struggles and seek out rest.

However, God really shook up and changed my concept of rest when He brought me to Exodus 33. In this part of scripture, Moses has a job; it was to lead God’s chosen people into the promised land. In this chapter we see God telling Moses that he needs to leave Sinai, where they had been stopped, and make the last trek into the promised land. But the people Moses is leading do not want to leave; they are comfortable and do not see the need for change. Here we see that Moses is obviously experiencing stress and pressure from his "job". He comes to the Lord and says, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favour in my sight.’ Now, therefore, if I have found favour in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favour in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” God hears his stresses and his concerns and replies with, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

This is huge. God met him where he was. God did not take him out of the situation and Moses did not flee from the stress. Instead, God met him in his stress and worry. And it was in the stress and worry that He promised to give Moses rest. Time and time again we see God meeting His people right where they are because He loves His people and He desires to give us rest. Perfect rest only comes from Him; it is not something we can give ourselves, and it is not even something that a break from our everyday lives gives us. Perfect rest is in His hands. He showers it on His people when we seek Him, obey Him, and offer our lives as worship to Him.

Since I have returned, I have been asking God to give me this perfect rest, in the middle of my problems and my everyday life, and He does. Because He is faithful and He is good. Experiencing the rest that comes only from the Lord allows me to really see that rest is not the place, or time, or destination. Rest is in Him. He is the rest that our souls long for.

Posted by Mary Grierson

Pastoral Search Team Update #10

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Things have slowed down considerably since our last update. Applications started to come in like a flood at first but they have slowed to a trickle in the past week. Our team has considered 65 applicants so far and 13 of them met our basic criteria. This week, we did some more research on the applicants and listened to lots of sermons. We have removed several more candidates from consideration.

We covet your prayers today. Along with discernment as we consider the remaining applicants, we seek your prayers for more applicants as we continue to explore and search for the right fit for SDBC.

If you would like to see our position posting and details about our church, or if you would like to share the link with someone who may be interested in the position, you may see it all at www.southdelta.org/joinus.

Posted by Craig Kraft

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