Search update 12/2018
Personal/family issues took a search that many of us had felt was nearing completion, and reminded us that sometimes when we think we have reached a successful finish, God has his own plans and finish lines. Currently Vanderbloemen is vetting new applicants using more defined criteria and lessons learned from the original search plan. There is a tentative date set in early January to review the top candidates with our representative from Vanderbloemen, the Search Team and the Elders.
The Search Team and Elders plan to complete a thorough review process once these top candidates are presented. They will prayerfully determine the top three to move deeper into the process with and will complete a thorough interview process with each top candidate. It is expected to take approximately 3-4 weeks’ time to finish this process. The overall best time frame we can put on this would be sometime mid-to-end of February before the Elders and Search Team would be able to settle on a top candidate to move forward with in the process. This is our timeline and not necessarily God’s, so stay tuned for updates!
Please continue to be in prayer that God will quickly and clearly direct us to His choice to lead Midway, while giving strength and wisdom to the leaders who will be taking on more responsibility in the coming months.
Search update 9/10/18
The Pastor Search Team had a good experience, and a learning one, in getting to know the first candidate better. In answer to our prayers for the Lord's leading, He showed us that this good man of God was not His choice for our church. The team will be getting to meet a second candidate in the near future. Please pray for the team and this candidate as they seek the Lord's best for both our church and him and his family.
Search update 8/6/18
It has been a busy last couple of weeks for the Pastor Search Committee. We met with Vanderbloemen on July 19th and were presented with a short list of candidates. All were very qualified on paper, at this time we also were able to review a short video each candidate had made and were directed to sermons they had taught. After many long hours of watching sermons, and reviewing resumes the search team decided to narrow in on a few of the candidates. Since this time, we have interviewed each in a face to face setting or over video conferencing. Many long hours in interviews, research, and prayer have been put in by the team. We believe we are beginning to move into the ending phases of the search which will include a personal visit to the area and some more in-depth interviews. The team set a goal to approve a candidate for presentation to the congregation over the next 6 weeks. Please continue to be in prayer for the team to seek God’s will, God has given us some very good and worthy men through this process. This has given the team much optimism, but at the same time, made our decisions very difficult.
Search update 6/14/18
The Pastor Search Team has added a few new members, to replace Nate Mouw and Becky Tenter. Dave Defields will step in for Nate Mouw. Becky Tenter's spot will be filled by Erica Kirshman and Ashley Tenter. Please continue praying for the search team as we transition and begin to enter a phase in the search process where candidates will start to be narrowed down and presented.
We met with Tim Stevens (Vanderbloemen) on Sunday 6-10. They currently have 69 candidates they are starting to narrow down to the top 15. After getting to the top 15, they will continue a deeper dive into these candidates until they have identified the top 3-6. Around July 19th, Vanderbloemen has committed being on-site at midway to present their top 3-6 candidate to the Elders and the Pastor Search Team. Also during this conversation, we were presented with a sample resume of one of the candidates that Vanderbloemen would consider in the upper echelon based on criteria already established with Midway. This was a correlation exercise to determine how closely we are both aligned to Midway’s needs. The sample resume was approved by the search team as a good example to move forward with. So, the good news is, Vanderbloemen has a good understanding of what it is our church is looking for.
Informal Prayer Gathering Sundays at 5pm
The Pastor Search Committee is offering to open the church for an informal prayer time for those interested in getting together to pray for the future of our congregation as we select a new Pastor. The doors will be open Sunday evenings beginning May 6 from 5:00 - 6:00.
The most powerful tool we have is prayer and everyone that is interested is invited to come and join in prayer for the many aspects of this process. We will try to have adult supervision available for parents with little children that may want to attend. Please plan on coming as many Sunday evenings as possible as we pray for our church.
And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15