Pastor Search Committee, Co-Chair Farmville Baptist Church
In August 2012, Farmville Baptist Church began its search for a new pastor. The FIRST and WISEST step the Pastor Search Committee took was to contract the services of Bill Wilson, President of the Center for Congregational Health, to guide us through. Initially, Bill met with us to present his five (5) stage pastor search process. He emphasized that the completion of each stage was necessary to get to the next one. While we were all anxious to “get to the resumes”, Bill kept us focused on building the foundation before that. In other words, we needed to recognize, verbalize and market who Farmville Baptist was before we could attract the right fit for us. Although it took six (6) months to create our Church Profile, it was the critical piece in establishing the Pastor Profile by which all candidates were measured, and by which we selected the “right fit” for Farmville Baptist Church.
Looking back, our eleven (11) month search consisted of many long hours of study, preparation and activity which Bill Wilson was instrumental in guiding and mentoring. My favorite scripture, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6), was a constant reminder that the Lord places timely guiding forces in our lives. For us, that force was Bill Wilson.