Forward Church Lead Pastor Search
The Elders of Forward Church have appointed a search team lead by Marvin Brubacher to begin the process. Under Marvin’s lead, the search team has been assembled and there have already been a number of meetings and much prayer. We hope to share more information as well as ask for some of your input in the coming weeks. Please check back regularly here and join with us in prayer for God’s clear leading to the Pastor of His choosing.
We have received 20 applications for the position of lead pastor. We have reviewed the applications and have narrowed them down. Our next step is to follow up with those applicants, including interviews.
We believe we are clearly seeing God work throughout our search process, as he continues to answer our prayers! We ask that you continue to pray for our search. There are more copies of the 30 days of prayer at the welcome center.
The Search Committee has reviewed the results from our Lead Pastor Search Survey. We are grateful to you for taking the time to share your thoughts, as this is valuable information for us moving forward. We have summarized the findings and are making the results available. Survey Results
The demographic information was useful in providing context for the results and a sense of the demographics within the congregation. A majority of the survey respondents were both female and attending our Cambridge site. The variety of age groups was encouraging, although we noted that the 12-17 year old range was low, which we believe correlated to the fact that there was a youth retreat the weekend the survey was distributed. Also, it was great to see that the majority of respondents both serve regularly and attend weekly indicating that they have found a ‘home’ at Forward.
Your feedback regarding the values you have for a lead pastor will be incredibly important and useful to the Search Committee. It was clear from the survey results that the congregation expects a lead pastor to have strong preaching skills. As for the style of preaching, there was a strong value for biblical preaching with a focus on the gospel. There was also an expressed desire for preaching which was practical from an engaging speaker.
Results also expressed a clear desire for fostering growth within our church (including discipleship, forming relationships within the church, prayer, and preparing the next generation). However, there were also comments that all of the initiatives listed in the survey were needed.
Finally, it was clear to the Search Committee from the results that Pastor Steve’s ministry as lead pastor has had an incredible, long-lasting impact on our church.
Again, thank you for your feedback and for keeping this before the Lord in prayer.
Pastoral Search Team
Pray we will wholeheartedly trust the Lord while we search for a new lead pastor. Proverbs 3:5-6
Pray that our leaders will be empowered by the Spirit as they guide our church during this time of transition. Zechariah 4:6
Pray for our current staff to be encouraged and steadfast as they continue their work for the Lord. I Corinthians 15:58
Pray in faith for each member to receive supernatural discernment, wisdom and strength for the task ahead. James 1:5-6
Future Lead Pastor
Pray in confidence that our God will provide for us a man with a passion for His word and a supernatural love for His people. Ephesians 3:20-21
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