Dear LifePoint church family,
As mentioned before, God has called me to continue to lead LifePoint as we collectively pray for resolution of containing this far-reaching virus while finding my successor. I want to share some great news about how God is working with LifePoint during the pastor search.
We’re pleased to share that as of mid-April, our search profile appealed to many candidates, attracting nearly 5,000 views nationally. More than 150 candidates have applied given LifePoint’s great reputation and candidates’ interest in being part of such a committed church community.
We’ve gotten an initial view into the type of candidates applying and the Board and I are impressed with the quality of candidates who are applying. God is certainly working in the hearts of faithful servants who will be my successor.
Please continue to join us in prayer for LifePoint’s church family, those who have been impacted by COVID-19, for a vaccine to protect us, for the first responders and for the officials who are trying to lead us in unprecedented times. We’ll see you virtually or in person in June when we open our doors. Please do whatever makes you feel safe and most comfortable.
As always, please let us know how we can pray for you during this time. And please stay connected virtually with your small groups.
In your corner,
After 31 years, Pastor George has heard God’s plans for his next chapter of life, which includes retirement this year. Although we will miss him, we recognize that most senior pastors average a tenure of 8 years, so LifePoint was blessed to get 22 more years than most churches. We wish Pastor George and Sheryl the best in what lies ahead, knowing they will remain a key part of our church family.
LifePoint will be updating this page regularly to keep everyone informed on where we are in the process. Please bookmark this page.
The most important aspect of these postings is focusing on prayer … what to be praying for along the process.
ABOUT THE DECISION
Pastor George has spent much time in prayer with God and with Sheryl and, after much consideration, has been led to a decision for retirement. This decision is solely based on prayer and soul searching. PG is not sick. He’s certainly not being forced out. And he’s had a great time leading LifePoint for the last 30 years and is ready for a well-deserved break.
PG has been closely working with LifePoint’s Board of Directors to ensure there’s a thoughtful process in the succession planning process. He has appointed them as the search committee as they have been preparing for this inevitable change. The board has spent significant time planning and educating themselves on how to proceed once PG reached this decision.
Pastor George is not going away from the church. He and Sheryl consider LifePoint their family and they will remain members. PG will resume usual activities during the interim.
Pastor George has appointed the LifePoint Board of Directors to lead the search alongside Vanderbloemen, a Christian Executive Search Firm with the largest network of 70,000+ pastoral, church and ministry-minded candidates available.
We realize this is a big change after 30 years, so we ask that our entire church family be active in this process. We will post specific prayer requests along the journey to keep all of you engaged with where we are in the process, what to pray for and how to become even more involved.
LifePoint engaged Vanderbloemen to lead the search based on its qualifications of sourcing candidates who will help LifePoint continue its faith-based mission of joining people who seek purpose and offer life through Jesus Christ. Our board, with Pastor George’s active involvement, will determine the qualifications, screen candidates, lead us in prayer throughout the process and conduct interviews to ensure the best match to keep LifePoint the thriving church it is today.
Two of LifePoint’s board members will be leading our church family in prayer throughout this process. As God has directed Pastor George to retire, God will play a key role in hearing our prayers throughout this process. We cannot express the importance of your individual prayers enough toward our combined interest in finding the ideal candidate to continue the LifePoint legacy.
Prayers for the Senior Pastoral Succession Plans
Lord we lift PG and our church up to you in prayer. We are so thankful for the 30 plus years that PG has led our church. He has blessed us with his heart, energy, love for Christ and for everyone in our church. He has guided us to realize the church vision and to carry it out. He reminded us that it’s about relationships. First and foremost to love God, then love one another to grow the kingdom inside and outside the “walls”. We lift up PG, Sheryl, and their family as they transition into retirement and pray that you give them peace. In your Holy Name, Amen.
We pray for the church family. We pray for perseverance to follow the Lord’s timing during this search process. We pray that the church realizes there is no such thing as the perfect pastor (just as we are not perfect). Help us to keep Christ at the center of everything we do during the search and in the future. Lord, you see the changes we are going through with this time of transition. We pray that as a family of believers we would have unity in the Spirit. Help us as one body to work through the changes that are taking place with peace and love. Help us to rejoice in praise during these times as a church family, and remember you do all things perfectly. In your Loving Name, Amen.
Father, we thank you that you are with us during this time of transition and succession. Give our leaders, our Staff, our Board, and Pastor George insight and wisdom as they seek to know your will and purpose for our church. Be with the Vanderbloemen search team as they help LifePoint with our search and our transition. We pray the Lord stays by the board’s side in the search and gives them patience, guidance, unity, discernment, wisdom, trust, energy, strength and cohesion as they follow the process. And we pray that all involved will hear God’s voice. In Jesus name, Amen.
Lord, we believe you have already begun to prepare our new pastor for our church. We pray that you will give him a heart for our church, for the community, and for the needs of this area. We pray that he will be used greatly in God’s purpose for our church. We pray that the new pastor and his family will be accepted and have peace in the transition. We pray that he will follow the Great Commission and the Lord’s will for our future, and that in all things God will be glorified. We pray these things in Jesus name. Amen.
Ongoing Prayers Throughout the Succession Process
- Pray for the LifePoint family that God will comfort and encourage us with this leadership transition.
- Pray for the board, our search team, to characterize the best candidate for Vanderbloemen to source.
- Pray for the Feisers as this change becomes a reality, not just a message from God.
- Pray for our staff as they resume their usual activities.
- Pray for Vanderbloemen to have discernment about the board’s guidance in finding the best candidates.
- Pray that God places LifePoint on the hearts of the most qualified candidates, even if they don’t realize this shift is currently in their calling.
- Pray for the LifePoint church family to all stay together.
- Pray for a smooth transition and our gratitude that the Feisers are remaining part of LifePoint.
Scriptures to Support the Succession Process
“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.” — Jeremiah 29:11
“Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance…” – Philippians 1:18b-19
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.” – Psalms 90:17
Until now, LifePoint’s Board of Directors has quietly led the church through critical decisions in the background, mostly unknown leaders to the church. The decisions they help make behind the scenes guide the senior staff, which includes budget approvals as a fiduciary responsibility, HR guidance in LifePoint processes, real estate decisions, accountability for LifePoint goals and objectives, and strategic plans.
At this critical juncture, we are making the board more accessible across our church family so you can be heard and part of this process. They invite you to ask questions, express concerns, provide input and most importantly, pray, pray, pray!