Pastoral Search Committee Update

Greetings Gateway Family! The Pastoral Search Committee wanted to provide an update on where we are at in the search process. As you probably know, on Sunday, May 21, there was a congregational meeting to both accept Pastor Ben’s retirement plan and elect a search committee. During the committee’s first meeting, we elected officers for the committee. The members/officers of the search committee are:

Cody Fletcher
Matt Heft - Chairperson
Shirley Reasner
Jenn Spears – Vice Chairperson
Justin Stiles - Secretary
Larry Tietje
Jim Tomlinson
Dave Vaas

The search committee has jumped right into the search process as outlined in the EPC’s Book of Order and the Procedural Manual for Ministerial and Candidates Committees. If you are interested in reading more about the process, you can find these documents here
https://www.epc.org/file/BookOfOrder2016-17.pdf
and here
https://www.epc.org/file/MinisterialCandidatesProcedureManual2016-17.pdf.

One of the key components of this process is identifying who Gateway is as a church and what we would be looking for in a Senior Pastor. To facilitate this process, the Search Committee has been completing the EPC Church Information Form.
https://www.epc.org/file/main-menu/resources/download-epc-forms/Church-Information-Form-2015-PDF-Fillable-Form.pdf
While working through this form, the Search Committee has decided to consider Pastor Josh Hanson, Gateway’s current Associate Pastor, before considering any outside candidates. To this end, we are beginning interviews of Gateway’s staff, and eventually Pastor Josh himself.

I have a special request of you. Would you dedicate yourself to praying for each member of the search committee as we go through this process? Will you commit to being in prayer for Gateway Church and what God has in store for us in the future? Will you pray for wisdom for all that are involved in this process? Thank you for committing to prayer.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to myself or any members of the search committee.

In Him,

Matt Heft