Welcome to the webpage dedicated to news concerning our Pastor Search Committee!

We hope you find helpful information as you look over this page, and we appreciate so much you partnering in prayer with us as we search for God's will concerning a new Senior Pastor.

Update 5/21/15

The Pastor Search Committee (PSC) sincerely appreciates your intense prayers during the past week. We have felt your support and the Presence of the Holy Spirit. We would ask you to continue to pray as we near the end of the process of recommending our next Senior Pastor.

After we narrow our choice to one candidate, together, the candidate and the PSC will enter a new phase of prayer seeking the Lord's confirmation concerning bringing him to you in view of a call. At the appropriate time, the candidate will need to confidentially visit our campus and meet our staff and deacons.

So while we believe we are getting close, we want you to know that there are still a number of details, including the candidate's personal schedule, which will have to be addressed. Thank you again for your prayers throughout this involved process. We assure you that the Pastor Search Committee is taking our responsibility very seriously, and doing our due diligence in every step of the process.

Update 05/10/15

May 10-17 is a church-wide week of prayer concerning the search for our Senior Pastor. We hope you will join us as we pray for clarity and wisdom.

The prayer focuses for each day are as follows:

A sense of inadequacy propels us to our knees in prayer, drawing us to a place of neediness and dependency on the Lord. God confirms this to Paul in the New Testament: “My power is made perfect in weakness.” 
(2 Corinthians 12:9)   -Laura Macfarlan Mission Mosaic February 2015

Sunday: Pray for direction, for wisdom, for deep personal intimacy with the Almighty, for unity, for vision, for peaceful hearts, and for protection and the ability to stand firm against the enemy’s attacks.
                               -Brooke Eaton Johannesburg, South Africa July 2014

MondayThe creative power of redemption comes through the preaching of the Gospel, but never because of the personality of the preacher. The preacher is there as a representative of God.
                          -Oswald Chambers “My Utmost for His Highest” July 17

Tuesday“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
                                                                                                 
(Isaiah 43:18)

Wednesday“’Then you will call upon Me, and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29:12-14a)

ThursdayNever be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.                                                                            
                                                                                          
-Corrie ten Boom

Friday: We don’t want someone to impress the people but to express the message of the Gospel. Four people in South Carolina die every hour without Christ.

Saturday“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” (1 Samuel 16:7)

Any day or every day please pray for:

  • God’s chosen man to be revealed to all of the Pastoral Search Committee so they may be of one accord.
  • That this person will recognize God’s call to change locations.
  • That he will have a sense of peace about the move.
  • Comfort him in the separation from his current congregation who may dearly love him.
  • That his current congregation will be understanding and supportive.
  • That they too may find God’s chosen vessel to lead them in the days ahead.
  • For his wife, that she is ready and willing to move, because her walk with God has confirmed this decision.
  • For any children who will be separated from their home, friends, school, activities and possible relatives.
  • That they will find just the right house here in our area, as well as schools, doctor, dentist, friends, and prayer partners.
  • That we, as a congregation, will be welcoming and only speak positive, encouraging words.
  • That we will remember this selection is to follow through on God’s plan for our church and community, not our personal opinion.

Jesus was the perfect search committee of One: perfect wisdom and discernment, yet He spent the night alone in prayer to God before choosing the twelve disciples.

Thank you again for visiting our page and for your prayers!

First Baptist Simpsonville Pastoral Search Committee Members:

John Calvert

Sandy DeWitt

Lynn King

Kathy Murphy

Bram Porter

Tom Rucker

Sherri Wilson

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