Senior Pastor Transition

Pastor Scott Wilson has resigned from his role as Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church and after 7 years in this role, Sunday August 1st will be his last Sunday with us.  Scott and Heather have prayerfully concluded that it’s time they move further west and he has accepted a pastoral position in northern Colorado.  They are looking forward to continuing in ministry while being closer to family and continuing Scott’s chaplaincy ministry with the Colorado Air National Guard. While Scott’s departure comes as a surprise to many of us, the staff and elders fully support their decision and believe they are following the leading of the Lord through this transition process.

Frequently Asked Question

1. Why is Pastor Scott Leaving?
Pastor Scott has been asked to serve as a pastor at a church in northern Colorado.  After much prayer and discernment, Scott and Heather decided to accept this position.  They believe this is a strategic time for a transition as their older kids are off to college and their youngest son Max is in elementary school.  While they do have family in Colorado, they will also be close to a major airport and will be more accessible to their aging parents in Washington State.  (Pastor Scott's Resignation Email)

2. What happens next?
The Elders of Bethel are committed to maintaining stable and consistent leadership for this church.  We are blessed with faithful staff and Elders who love this church and will faithfully lead, by God’s grace, throughout this process.  Our church Constitution and Bylaws call for the Elders to appoint an Interim Pastor, voted on by the congregation.
Our Constitution and Bylaws state:
  • If the position of Senior Pastor is vacant, or, if the Senior Pastor is unable to function, the Board of Elders shall appoint an Interim Senior Pastor with congregational approval.
Pastor Jim Lacey will preach at Bethel for 3 Sundays in August and is not available to serve as our Interim Pastor.  We will be using an 'Interim Pastor Ministry' service provided through Converge MidAmerica and they anticipate it will take 6-9 weeks to find a full-time Interim Pastor.

3. How will we go about finding a new Senior Pastor?
A Search Team will be formed and approved by the congregation.  Our plan is to utilize the Converge Placement Network to find the right man for this position.  A video highlighting how this works can be found HERE.
The Converge Placement Network exists to help churches make this decision with wisdom, knowledge and Spirit-led confidence. Once the search team presents a lead candidate to the Board of Elders, if approved by the Elders, he will then be presented to the congregation for candidating and congregational approval.  

4. Who will be on the Senior Pastor Search Team?
Per our church Constitution and Bylaws a Senior Pastor Search Team will be assembled with the chairman of the Elders plus 2 active Elders, 5 church members appointed by the church nominating committee and 2 church members selected from the congregation at large at the same business meeting where the whole Search Team (referred to as a "Calling Committee" in our constitution) will be approved.  
Our Constitution and Bylaws state:
  • A Calling Committee for a Senior Pastor shall have ten members. The chairman of the Board shall be a member of the committee. The nominating committee shall nominate five from the active membership of Bethel Baptist Church, and two more from the Board of Elders. Two additional members shall be elected at large at a congregational business meeting at which all members of the Senior Pastor Calling Committee shall be approved. 

5. How long will it take to find a new Senior Pastor?
Putting together a search team, assessing candidates, and going through the candidating and congregational approval process is no quick task.  The Converge Placement Network has found that this process averages 9-12 months.

6. If I know someone who might be a good fit as our Senior Pastor what should I do?
Please direct them to our Converge Placement Network HERE.

7. How can I find out more information?
Feel free to contact the Elders with further questions by emailing them HERE.
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