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Update: May 24, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ
The day will soon be here when the day our pastor informed us of almost a year ago arrives. June 2nd will be a day of remembrance and celebration; a day of embracing the past and anticipating the future.
Over these past months, through much prayer and deliberation, it was discovered that God’s timing on finding the man He had chosen to be our next pastor was not going to coincide with Ron’s departure.
While we have spoken with several men, we are confident that none of them are our next pastor. We are also confident that God is leading us to His man and that it will be in His time.
The committee and I know you have been praying and will continue to pray for us and our work and more importantly; for the work we are all engaged in at Myrtle Grove. That work is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. We should all have full faith in our remaining staff: Chris, Dick and Walt.
Myrtle Grove Baptist Church is a place where we worship the King. Where the Word of God is preached. Where the saints are encouraged. Where the lost are told the Gospel.
I trust that in this time of transition, you will do your part to continue God’s work here and support the ministries of others.
God Bless you all,
Roy Emond, for the Committee
Update: April 24, 2019
No update at this time. The committee has slowed down during the Easter and spring break time of year. There will be an update in late May.
Update: March 24, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We thank you for your continued prayers and support for the Pastor Search Committee and Myrtle Grove Baptist Church. Our prayer and theme of the search has always been “God’s Man in God’s Time.” As this process has played out, through prayer and much discussion, we have narrowed down the list of candidates until we arrived at a small number of men. We have interviewed several men both in small groups and the entire committee. All of these men have lifted you and the work God is accomplishing here in prayer and have spent much time in meditation about the pastor position.
In the course of these interviews and meetings both parties, the search committee and the candidates themselves have sought the will of God in this momentous decision. We have found out that the will of God is sometimes discerned by us and sometimes it is discerned by the candidate. There are no right or wrong decisions, there is only the desire to fulfill our pledges. As you know from your own walk with the Lord, our timelines are not His timelines.
The process continues and the committee is still working with candidates. Your obligation in this is two-fold: continue to lift up the committee members and the process in your prayers and also, to trust the Lord. When our new pastor arrives, I know you will support his ministry at Myrtle Grove and seek the spirit of the unity of Christ’s believers.
As always if you have any questions, please ask me. The things you might hear in passing may not be as accurate as possible. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have while preserving the confidentiality required by the committee’s work.
In Christ Alone,
Roy Emond, Chairman – For the Committee
Update: Feb 12, 2019
Thank you for all your prayers and support. We are striving to discover God’s man in God’s time. Myrtle Grove Baptist Church is in a unique position in our community and it needs a unique man to be our next pastor. We are in the process of face-to-face meetings. There is only so much information you can get from paper resumes and online videos. There comes a time when the personal touch is needed. While we are working with a small number of men, it takes time to coordinate and schedule visits and meetings. Please remain prayerful and patient. As has been true throughout the process, if you have any questions or concerns, I would be happy to answer them. Please call me.
In Christ Alone,
Update: Jan 7, 2019
2019 is going to be a very busy year for the pastor’s search committee. We are busy going over our shorter list of applicants and plan to narrow the list this month. We have excellent men on the list. We must trust God to continue to lead us forward. There have been many excellent men who have applied but are not right at this time for MGBC.
We are searching for God’s man in God’s time.
We continue to require your prayers and support. We have tried to give you information regularly and will continue to do so. If you have any questions or concerns please call me or email me or catch me in the foyer after church or hand me a letter. Whatever feels right to you. I will be happy to talk with any group that wishes an update.
Roy Emond, for the Pastor Search Committee
Update: Dec 13, 2018
The Pastor Search has entered into a new and exciting phase.
We have looked at all the applications and have narrowed them down from 186 to 42. Now all members of the committee will look at every application.
Also the 42 men have answered a questionnaire to give us further insight into their ministries. Continue to pray for the committee that we continue to seek God in this process.
Update: November 5, 2018
“We are approaching the end of our ’40 days of seeking’ as the position closes on November 9th. We have received a vast number of resumes, over 175 and the next task is daunting. Starting November 11, the committee members will begin reviewing each application resume. Each resume will be independently evaluated twice with the goal of reducing the number significantly. The goal is to come up with around 40 which we like look at more closely as the entire committee. Each person who is not selected in this round will be notified so they are aware of their status in the process. We expect this process to last 30 days.
I know you have been praying for our committee but in this period it is essential that you continue to support these fine brothers and sisters. This will be the most difficult portion as each individual considers all these excellent candidates and selects the best ones.
We are working to discover the man God has already ordained to become our next pastor.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact me directly. I am striving to be a good steward of the task the church has laid upon me and the other members of the committee.
In Christ Alone,
Roy Emond, Search Committee Chair – Contact Information Above
Update: October 20, 2018
We have finished the survey of the congregation and compiled the data. The results of the survey will help the search committee as they prayerfully review the applications and resumes that we receive. We are now in a 40 day season of receiving resumes from men who are interested in the position. The end of the 40 days is November 9th. While we may continue to receive some responses, this will mark the beginning of the evaluation process. Each resume will be reviewed by two committee members independently. We will then begin the process of narrowing down the field. It is crucial that our people join in pray with the committee members. We are trusting God to guide us as you are trusting us to be led by His Spirit.
If anyone has any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to talk with you or with a group that might want some more information.
Please direct questions to members of the committee and most of all keep us in prayer.
Members of the Committee:
Roy Emond – Chair
Tina Brock – Jim Gramlich – Gwendolyn Leonard – Tony McFarlane – Horace Nealy – Susan Shields – Steve Turo – Ray Winstead
Resume final date to receive: Nov 9, 2018
Myrtle Grove Baptist Church is in the process of calling a Senior Pastor by mid 2019
Our situation is unique in that our current senior pastor is planning to transition from MGBC at or around the above date.
Our Pastor Search Committee has been created and is active. All questions, comments and inquires should be directed to the members of the committee and specifically to Committee Chair Roy Emond
Resumes should be submitted either by E-Mail (the preferred method) to:
myrtlegrovepastorsearch @ gmail.com
or by USPS to:
Pastor Search Committee Chair Attention Roy Emond
6241 Spanish Oak Ct.
Pensacola, fl 32526