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CBC Pastor Search Team

At the end of May 2022, Stephen Heleman resigned as senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church to answer a call from a struggling church on the west coast. The need for a new senior pastor set into motion the development of a pastor search team according to our by-laws and a process to find the right man for the job.

 

Since that time, the pastor search team has sought God's will and guidance through the process of finding the right candidate for senior pastor. We have tapped into search resources from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and the national Southern Baptist Convention and have diligently followed a process to review candidates and whether they would fit the pastor profile developed by the team based on the survey of the church.

 

To protect the existing ministries and livelihoods of our candidates, we won't be able to discuss who has applied or who we are specifically and currently considering. However, in the interest of increased transparency, we've set up this web page to share the search team's process and the latest updates, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. The whole team may be contacted by email psc@cbcfamily.net.

Team Members:

Jim Jordan                        

Jason Hoffman

Kasey Hoffman

Keanan Foley

Teresa Carroll

Status Updates (latest first):

  • February 19, 2024 - After the initial survey was developed, we reviewed all the questions and their phrasing again. That survey will be sent to the church via email in the next couple of weeks, with print copies available on request.

  • February 12, 2024 - The search team developed a hopeful timeline for the process developed the week before, including milestones when we will update the church on our status. This timeline reflects our ideal schedule that assumes no unforeseen obstacles and that the first candidate we interview is the man God has for us. In that best case scenario, we would hopefully have a vote on a candidate at the beginning of August 2024. We also developed an objective scoring system, as recommended by the SBTC's guidelines, to help the team initially focus on candidates that come closest to our ideal candidate.

  • February 4-5, 2024 - The search team reconvened to construct an updated survey of the church's hopes and expectations for a new senior pastor. This survey will be sent to the church in the near future. We also wrote out the entire process we will follow, based on the SBTC's guidelines for a pastor search process, but with the added benefit of lessons learned from interviewing previous applicants. We will meet again to reconstruct the job posting for this position and confirm our plans for communication with the church body throughout the search process.

  • January 29, 2024 - After meeting on the 22nd for the aforementioned pastor search training by Alex Gonzales, the newly reformed senior pastor search committee met for the first time for team orientation. We will be reviewing our process and what we're looking for in a pastor over the next few weeks to ensure accurate portrayals of CBC today.

  • January 21, 2024 - At the church family meeting, Teresa Carroll and Kasey Hoffman were announced as the newest members of the search team. They will meet with interim pastor, Alex Gonzales, along with the other pastor search teams for pastor search training on January 22, 2024.

  • November 14, 2023 - The church council has started consideration of CBC members who have expressed interest in joining the pastor search team. If you are interested in serving on the pastor search team, please email psc@cbcfamily.net. We aim to meet again as a new team after the holidays conclude.​

  • September 24, 2023 - It was announced that our candidate had withdrawn his name from consideration. The church council has thereby decided to pause the pastor search team to pray, reassess strategy and regroup. We ask that the church joins us in prayer, as we seek the Lord's will on how to proceed.

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