Senior Pastor Transition

Frequently Asked Question

1. What's happening now?
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.  In fulfilling this role, the Elders reached out to Interim Pastor Ministries and connected with Pastor Mike Frantz.  The congregation has now overwhelmingly voted in favor of calling Pastor Mike, he accepted will be our interim Senior Pastor until we have our new Senior Pastor in place.

2. How are we going about finding a new Senior Pastor?
A Search Team has formed and approved by the congregation.  We are utilizing 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.  

3. What happens next?
Expect to hear regular updates about the search process and opportunities to participate in a church wide survey to help the search team have a stronger sense of who we are, and who would be a good match for our Bethel family.

4. 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.

5. Why Did Pastor Scott Leave?
Pastor Scott was 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 are also now closer to a major airport and will be more accessible to their aging parents in Washington State. His last Sunday was August 1, 2021. (Pastor Scott's Resignation Email)

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.
Continue to check back to this page for updated information.