Pastoral transition

BRIDGING THE GAP THROUGH PRAYER

During this season between lead pastors, one of the most important things we can do is pray. We'll kick off a 31-day prayer campaign called Bridging the Gap Through Prayer.

This 31-Day Prayer Guide will be used by the staff and congregation of our church, beginning together on June 27 and ending on July 27. We hope that across all four services, we would all be praying a specific prayer focus each day. 

31-DAY PRAYER GUIDE

Pastoral Search Committee FEEDBACK: 

We want to hear from our church family! We have three questions below to help form your feedback. Emails can be sent to the Committee directly:  

  • Who are we at Easthaven? What core functions are a priority for our church? What demographics do we have at Easthaven? What is our church culture?

  • Who is our Valley? Who are we trying to reach for Christ in the community? How do we fit into our community? Who are we perceived to be? How do we want to be perceived?

  • Who is our next Pastor? What qualities, character traits, priorities, and passions are we looking for in our next pastor?

  

CHURCH HEALTH ASSESSMENT

As a church, we want to spend some intentional time in the month of June hearing from the congregation so we can become the healthiest church possible. We value the different viewpoints in our church family and would love to hear your viewpoint on the health of Easthaven. Below is a link and login information to a short (10-15 min) anonymous survey.

We want to hear from you! Not just the good, but also the places where we need to improve. The Executive Team, Pastors, Staff, and lay-leadership have also completed this online assesssment, and we look forward to inviting the whole congregation into the process.

If you have any questions or have trouble accessing this online, please let Pastor Joey or Pastor Darren know or contact the church office. There is also a paper version available in the office. 
  • Go to HealthyChurch.net
  • Click on the button “TAKE THE SURVEY” on the left
  • Use the following information to begin the survey
    • Login: HealthyEBC
    • Password: Share@EBC

Thanks in advance for helping us be the healthiest church possible!

HOW DO WE SELECT A NEW PASTOR?

 
STEP ONE: FIND NOMINATING TEAM
STEP TWO: COLLECT NOMINATIONS  
STEP THREE: BALLOT IS CREATED

STEP FOUR: CHURCH VOTES   
We are pleased to announce that the ballot passed by 97% on May 29/30.
   
STEP FIVE: PASTORAL SEARCH BEGINS 

The Pastoral Search Committee will work independently, yet openly with the Personnel Committee and the Executive Team. We are planning for this search process to take about 6-12 months.

STEP SIX: VOTE TO CALL NEW PASTOR

After the Pastoral Search Committee recommends a specific candidate to the church membership, a season of interaction with the candidate will ensue. This season will consist of opportunities to hear his testimony and how the Lord has been working in his heart as well as the opportunity to hear him preach. The final selection of a new Senior Pastor will come by no less than a 2/3 vote of the membership present for the vote in accordance with EBC’s stated By-Laws.

STEP SEVEN: WELCOME OUR NEW PASTOR!

The greater Easthaven family gets to continue in one of our strengths – to love our Pastor!       

The Plan For Easthaven Through The End of June 2022

Video from our latest Town Hall Meeting at Easthaven on May 5, 2022. Our Executive Team explains what the next two months look like.

Welcome Pastor Chad Warren, Executive Pastor of Mobilization

Video from our latest Town Hall Meeting at Easthaven on May 5, 2022. Our Executive Team talks about our new Executive Pastor of Mobilization.

Video from our latest Town Hall Meeting at Easthaven on May 5, 2022.

  

DO WE NEED AN INTERIM PASTOR?

This answer is two-pronged.

  1. The first consideration is how we as a congregation care for the seven full-time pastors on staff (not including Pastor Daniel). It’s not outside the scope of reality that, with the seven pastors that we currently have on staff, we could set up a preaching rotation for the next 12 months. This means they would cover at least 208 services. This would be on top of the full-time, specific work they currently do. We firmly believe that consistency in the pulpit offers additional stability during the time that the Pastoral Search Committee is working.

 

  1. The second consideration is how we as a pastoral staff best care for the congregation? Rotation in the pulpit would likely add additional disconnection during an unsettled season for the congregation. At this time, we do not see this additional load to be a viable solution that cares for the pastors as individuals and leaders in their homes.

 

The Personnel Committee in collaboration with the Executive Pastoral Team has been in contact with Interim Pastor Ministries (interimpastors.com). They are a 33-year-old organization with a solid belief statement. Some of you will remember our previous interim, Pastor Sam Shaw. He is currently serving with this organization.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: May 1, 2022

Pastor Daniel shares an important announcement with the Easthaven Baptist Church family.