Northside Baptist Church
Senior Pastor Transition
It is our goal to keep the body of Northside both informed and equipped as we, together, proceed through the retirement of Bro. Ken Polk, the interim period, and eventually the calling of our new pastor, as led by the Holy Spirit.
It is our goal to have bi-weekly updates posted here. These updates will include any/all information as it pertains to this entire process.
The Personnel Committee, through much research and prayer, has compiled a list of possible Pulpit Committee members. They are now in the process of narrowing the list down and contacting members who are willing to serve.
As always, please continue to pray for their efforts.
This past week, both our Personnel Committee and our Deacons met to continue their work in the calling of our next pastor. The following is an update from their latest meetings:
The Personnel Committee, chaired by Gabriel Moore, is actively praying and seeking members to serve on our Pulpit Committee. This committee shall be entrusted by the church (per vote), to work in harmony with church leadership, to identify the man God has prepared to be the next pastor at Northside. Specifically, they will pray daily and meet often, to determine the process of and to facilitate receiving and interviewing candidates for the position. They will further be responsible for contacting references for final candidates. Eventually, they will be tasked with presenting their single selection to the church for the church body to meet and potentially call as Senior Pastor.
The Deacons have also committed to a season of prayer for our church and all those involved in this high calling. They have further agreed to take a step of preparation for the eventual Pulpit Committee. They are contacting the Tennessee Baptist Convention as well as our Southern Baptist Seminaries in order to begin receiving resumes for potential candidates. Those interested in applying can simply mail their resume and appropriate information to: NBC Pulpit Committee, 655 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 37129.
In addition, they have scheduled a Vision Team meeting and will begin seeking other volunteers to serve alongside them in seeking our vision for the future.
We ask that you continue to pray as well. Please pray for our church, staff, deacons, and personnel committee as they continue to serve.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Per the Constitution & Bylaws, our active Deacons have selected (2) men (Tom Hays & Ryan Denton) to serve on the Pulpit Committee. In addition, our active Personnel Committee will meet this Sunday to determine the process of selecting the remaining (6) members of the Pulpit Committee. Once the remaining six members are selected, the church will vote on the committee as a whole. Upon church approval, the Pulpit Committee will prayerfully begin the process of calling our next Senior Pastor.
Please continue to pray for your church as we seek to honor God throughout this process of receiving the man He has prepared to lead Northside.
Those currently serving on the Personnel Committee:
For this, our first update, we have included both an excerpt of our Constitution and ByLaws as pertaining to the Senior Pastor (For complete Constitution & ByLaws, please click here), as well as an update on our process and progress.
ARTICLE XV: SENIOR PASTOR
A. PULPIT COMMITTEE
Upon the vacancy of the position of Senior Pastor, a Pulpit Committee shall be created, composed of a minimum of two (2) deacons (nominated by the deacon body), as well as six (6) members selected by the Personnel Committee and Assistant Pastor, for a total number of eight (8) serving on the Pulpit Committee. The selected committee members shall be presented to the congregation and receive a majority vote from members who are both present and voting during a special called meeting (Article VII). Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, this committee shall search out and recommend to the members; the man they feel has been called by God to be the shepherd of the flock of Northside Baptist Church of Murfreesboro
B. CALL OF THE SENIOR PASTOR
The members shall be given at least two weeks’ notice before a recommendation of the Pulpit Committee, which shall include the terms of the call. The candidate for Senior Pastor should be presented before the congregation and during a properly called special meeting of the corporation (Article VII); the Senior Pastor shall be called by a 90% majority of the active resident members who are both present and voting at a regular scheduled Sunday morning worship service via ballot vote.
The interim period will begin upon the actual retirement of Bro. Ken. As of today, that time will begin October 1, 2017. The Deacon body has asked our Assistant Pastor, David Bramble, to serve as the Interim Senior Pastor (Oct. 1st). Bro. David has accepted this position and will work with the Deacons, Board of Directors, Staff, and all committees throughout this process.
Since Bro. Ken has given a six-month notice of his retirement, we will begin the selection of the pulpit committee members prior to his departure. It is the goal of the Deacon body to have the pulpit committee established no later than August of this year.
Both the Deacon body and Pastoral staff of Northside are currently working to develop a vision team. This vision team will pray, study, and work with the entire membership in order to develop a vision statement and strategy for Northside Baptist Church. It is the goal of this team to help us all understand what our purpose is as a New Testament Church on the north side of Murfreesboro; as well as our strategy to facilitate that calling.