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    Future Lead Pastor Opening You May Be Interested In

    Future Lead Pastor Opening You May Be Interested In

    My church is starting a search this week for our next Lead Pastor.  Take a look at the announcement.  It will give you information on how you can apply.  And, if you have any questions, you can send me an email as well...  Here's the announcement:

    We are pleased and honored to announce that the Vanderbloemen Search Group has been retained to help New Hope Community Church in Bryan, OH select their future Lead Pastor.

    As the current Lead Pastor approaches 25 years of service, the Elders of New Hope have made a prudent move to prepare the church for its future by working with our firm to create a succession plan that will enable a smooth transition and hand-off of leadership long before the norm in most churches.

    New Hope is in a healthy spot, and poised for the future, since the church by God’s grace has grown over the years to be more regional in nature reflecting excellence through its programming and offerings.

    The successful future Lead Pastor will be a superb communicator, a visionary, and a small groups fan.

    Interested candidates can confidentially submit their resume here, or contact William Vanderbloemen directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    I serve as one of the elders at New Hope, and we're really excited about finding our next Lead Pastor.  We know that God has a special person in store for us to lead us well into the future.  Bryan, OH is a great place to live, and New Hope will be a great place to serve!  We're a larger church in a smaller community.  Very mid-western.  And a really great place to raise a family.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email me as well!



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    1. Cranky on Mon, May 24, 2010

      How about preparing your new lead pastor from within the existing body, instead of the corporate search mechanism?  It seemed to work for Paul and company.

    2. Leonard on Mon, May 24, 2010

      Hey Todd, praying for the next guy.  Sounds like God has blessed.

    3. Peter Hamm on Mon, May 24, 2010

      Sounds like a great way to do this… prepare a succession plan, don’t just hire a guy.

      Pray it goes really well!

    4. Arthur Brokop II on Mon, May 24, 2010

      Check the white house for a transition team it seems to work well for them, or maybe one might check the one sitting on the throne - maybe?

    5. Todd Rhoades on Mon, May 24, 2010


      You sure live up to your name.  No need to apply for this one.



    6. A. Amos Love on Mon, May 24, 2010


      There ya go again…
      Reading the Bible as a guide on how Spiritual stuff is to be done.
      My… My… Tsk… Tsk…

      Don’t cha know, that’s only is important if…

      Jesus, is the head of the body, (the ekklesia, the called out one’s)
      “The Church.”

      When a group takes the time and effort to ask a secular
      government if they have the right to exist as a “church?”

      And they take the time an effort to fill out the application form,
      called a - 501 (c) 3.

      And they are approved by a secular government.

      They become… A government approved, government inspected,
      501 (c) 3, non-profit, tax $ deductible, Religious $ Corporation.

      So, the search is for someone to “Lead” the Corporation.
      and “the corporate search mechanism” you seem to resent, seems appropriate after all.

      And, he can even have the corporate “title” “Lead Pastor.”
      because, as you already know, No one in the Bible had the “Title” Pastor, or, Lead Pastor.

      Just wondering… Should we call a $ Corporation - “The Church of God?”
      My… My… Tsk… Tsk…

    7. Peter Hamm on Mon, May 24, 2010


      We talk about relevant and innovative ways to do ministry in the local church in the 21st century here. It’s what we’ve always done. If you’re not interested in entering that discussion but only want to throw stones (in what I believe to be an incredibly “unbiblical fashion”) why don’t you find some other place to hang around on the internet.

      Your comments are worse than useless to our discussion. You merely complain and continually let your own painful experiences color your views on all of the contemporary church, blindly ignoring any good that may come about, and, I hate to say this, despising the work of God in the world through the local church.

      Dare I say it… in Christian love… don’t go away mad, just go away.


    8. Todd Rhoades on Mon, May 24, 2010

      Whatever, guys.

      I wonder… what would Paul do if he lived in our day?

      Would he have a 501 (c) 3?

      I love it when people say Paul did things a certain way.  Paul lived in a way different time with a way different set of tools than we have.

      He very well have set up a 501 (c) 3.

      He might have used an executive search firm.

      Heck, he might have recruited people using the internet.

      But to say he didn’t so he wouldn’t is just laughable.  I didn’t ‘cause he COULDN’T.  It simply didn’t exist.

      Sincerely… this is a big moment for my local body of Christ.  I appreciate the kind words of encouragement from many.  It’s a big deal for a church to work through a succession plan while the pastor is still here.  And I’m convinced most churches don’t do that because of one reason:  it takes difficult, tedious discussion.  In other words, it’s hard.

      I hope to share more on this ‘succession’ story; but it’s a little too fresh for consumption just yet.  smile


    9. Gary H on Mon, May 24, 2010

      A good succession plan builds stability in the future.  Coca Cola remained a well run powerhouse for decades for that very reason.  But this philosophy dictates that the successor is selected and mentored from within.  I kind of think the weak link in this plan is the outside selection process.  It could work but it could also spend a lot of time working out the bugs.  Well, in that case you could always write a book…..

    10. bishopdave on Mon, May 24, 2010

      Paul walked a lot too. Didn’t have a pc to gripe about how others do ministry either.Maybe getting off the computer and taking a walk would draw us closer…

      I think the succession plan is good. Churches in leadership transiiton are so vulnerable to attacks. If people who have absolutely nothing to do with your church criticize already, one can imagine that those of the congregation who have been less than satisfied might raise issues. 

      Might make some kind of analysis from some other transitions that didn’t go well (FBC-Dallas, Bellvue, Coral Ridge, etc) to be forewarned of potential problems. Praying it goes well and whether you find the new leadership from within or without that God clearly guide you.

    11. Brianmpei on Tue, May 25, 2010

      I do think we need to recognize that the “how” we do something often communicates a lot about our faith.  It’s easy to dismiss the negative comments based on “Paul lived back then…”  But we do need to take a closer look at what we’re actually doing, how we’re doing it and what that may communicate about our values in the Kingdom or as a local church.

      Having said that, this process sounds like a means to connect people and begin a relationship process.  Paul came from someplace else and he brought in guys like Silas and Titus.  Having an outside firm hire someone is obviously dodgy but having an outside firm help the elders connect with people who most closely fit the ‘who’ they are looking for sounds like a wise use of resources.

      Ultimately it sounds like the plan is to form relationship with individuals and see what develops from there by the elders and local church.  That sounds like God to me.

    12. A. Amos Love on Tue, May 25, 2010


      You write…
      �We talk about relevant and innovative ways to do ministry
      in the local church in the 21st century here.�

      That seems like a worthy approach…

      If we�re convinced that the Bible, Jesus, and His teaching, is NOT relevant today,
      then by all means, us mere humans can figure out a way
      to build a tower to heaven and make a name for ourselves.
      When we�re �one people� we can accomplish anything we imagine to do.
      Gen 11:1-9

      Hmmm? �Local church� can�t seem to find that in my antiquated KJV.
      Must be a �21st century� innovation. wink

      Seems we have a problem in communication. Words and what they mean.

      A simple word like �church.� 
      What do most people **Today** think that means.
      Ask someone, believer or non-believer, to describe or explain �church.�

      1 - Building with a steeple?—- Is that in the Bible?

      2 - Pastor - in a Pulpit - Preaching - to People - in Pews?—- Is that in the Bible?

      That�s what the world thinks, the believer and the unbeliever, isn�t it?

      Isn�t that what the so called �local church� has accomplished
      with four buildings on four corners in a lot of �local towns�
      and passing the plate at every meeting?

      Haven’t we deceived the people we�re supposed to be reaching out to?

      How many will know and understand that they can
      become �the ekklesia of God.� The called out one�s of God.

      How many will know that �The Church of God�
      �The ekklesia, the called out one�s of God� are;

      Kings and preist�s unto God.
      The Bride of Christ.
      Servants of Christ.
      Sons of God.
      Disciples of Christ.
      Ambassadors of Christ.

      Haven�t we deceived them by telling them the building is the church?
      And we have to give money to God so He can keep His building in good order?

      When all the time �you are� the ekklesia of God.
      The habitation of God. The Israel of God.

      Haven�t they missed the awesomeness of God,
      The beauty of �His Church,� How we all become �ONE� in Him?

      Neither bond nor free, neither male nor female,
      Neither Emergent nor Traditional nor Pentecostal.
      Neither Complementarinism nor Egalitarianism.
      Neither Denominationalism nor Non- denominationalism.
      All obeying Jesus, All following Jesus, as �ONE� new man.

      If I�m a �king,� where do I go for my orders?
      Do I go to another king? Or to the King of Kings, Jesus?

      If I�m a �priest,� who is my authority? Another priest?
      Or Jesus, the �high priest� after the order of Melchisedec?

      If I�m �The bride of Christ� do I listen to another bride?
      Or should I go directly to Jesus, my husband?

      If I�m a �servant� do I take orders from another servant?
      Or should I be listening directly to Jesus my master?

      If I�m a �Son� Who do I ask for information, for guidance?
      Another kid on the block? Or my Father in heaven who loves me?

      If I�m a �disciple of Christ� a learner, a student, of Christ,
      who do you think wants to teach me? Could it be Jesus?

      Ambassador - dictionary
      the highest diplomatic representative
      that one sovereign power sends to another.

      Are you an ambassador for Christ?

      Since He is the highest sovereign power
      then you are the highest diplomatic representative
      that Christ has on earth.

      No one, absolutely no one, is higher than you.
      You are God�s ambassador, delivering His message
      to a broken world.

      The Church - NOT a building. NOT a Corporation. NOT an institution…

      The Ekklesia of God are people, God�s people…

      Kings and preist�s unto God.
      The Bride of Christ.
      Servants of Christ.
      Sons of God.
      Disciples of Christ.
      Ambassadors of Christ.

      Instead of asking people to go to church,
      why not ask them to become the church?

      God loves me and forgives me all my sin.

    13. Peter Hamm on Tue, May 25, 2010


      “Instead of asking people to go to church,
      why not ask them to become the church?”

      That’s exactly what we do at our local church. I’m sorry you haven’t encountered one that does.

    14. Arthur Brokop II on Tue, May 25, 2010

      We have bought into soooo many clich�s many of which you listed in a much-echoed diatribe that order, authority, and proper passing of truth escapes many. The �ignorance� communicated contrasting building and community exists for the most part today because we have degenerated from �true� apostolic understanding to a �Christ�s army of one� independent and isolated. The indevigulasm propagated out of the �Greek� world, which has departed from the �Hebraic� model of thought that is the foundation of the apostles and prophets drives us farther from one another, and we operate with our backs to the throne.

    15. adam mclane on Wed, May 26, 2010

      Todd- I don’t know about this whole discussion. But I do know that New Hope is a good church, has good leadership, and a good place to work. A good friend was on staff there for the last several years and has nothing but good things to say about New Hope. I applaud the elders going about it this way.

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