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Pastoral Search Team Update - February

Dear Discovery,

What a great time of prayer and mutual encouragement we shared this past Sunday! Paul Boulware preached and then concluded by leading us in a time of small group prayer. If you were not able to join us in service, we encourage you to take some time to sit with friends or family and pray together; there is truly a unique blessing that comes when we join together and come before God in prayer.

We wanted to write and provide you with a few updates regarding our lead pastor search and associated transitions.

First and most importantly, we want to state that we believe this season will be a very sweet one, that it will be a time during which we reconnect with one another, re-engage with our mission and vision, and carefully consider where the Lord is calling us. We will participate together as the Holy Spirit leads, guides, and empowers us to live out the good news of the Gospel each and every day AND as he calls new leaders into ministry here at Discovery.

We have obtained counsel from “seasoned veterans” in pastoral search endeavors, and lead pastor searches typically take 12-18 months, so we are prepared for a journey together in which we all grow and become more of who God has created us to be. As such, we want to be clear that, rather than set a strict deadline for when the pastoral recruitment should be finished, we have chosen to set a guideline for the type and caliber of pastor we desire and then wait for the Lord to provide.

We have begun the process of forming our search committee, the group responsible for leading the search for our new pastor. When the time comes, we will have a separate hiring committee who will then review the candidates the search committee has found. We have asked Joe Leach to serve as the chair of the search committee and are honored to have someone like Joe willing to serve in such a critical way. Joe is a dedicated member of our church who has faithfully served for years, participating in mission trips in Haiti, acting as an elder adviser, and leading in Discovery Groups. For his “day job,” Joe is the City Engineer/Public Works Director for the City of Dixon; his practical work experience and skill set will be a tremendous boon to this work. Joe will be working with the elders to select the other members of the search committee and develop a church engagement strategy. In the future, you can anticipate regular monthly communication and updates from Joe and us on the search process itself.

We are also deeply aware that the Richert's transition from Discovery has left many of us with a need for care, for a place to talk and sometimes a shoulder on which to cry. We would encourage you to seek out support: whether from us, Discovery group members/leaders, or Discovery staff. We are here for you during this season. If you would like to dialogue, receive prayer, or have any questions answered please contact us directly and we will be there.

We invite you to join us in regular prayer for our church and for the future leader that God is preparing to guide us. We also invite you to consider what the Lord is calling you into during this season and we encourage you to begin stepping out and stepping into the abundant life He has set in front of you.

In Christ,

Your Elders (Jake, Justin, and Jorge)