Recommendation Announcement 10/28/18
On behalf of the Senior Pastor Selection Committee, thank you Walnut Ridge family for praying with us and for us as we have walked through this process. Thank you for your insightful comments, words of encouragement, and trust. With you we have prayed for wisdom, direction, and clarity as we have met and searched for His will for our church. God has been so good to us, and today we come before you to present the candidate He has put on our unanimous hearts.
In light of Randy’s retirement effective November 4th and per the bylaws of the church, the recommendation of Senior Pastor Selection Committee constitutes a nomination for the office of Senior Pastor. The election vote will take place on Sunday, November 11th, two Sundays from today, in specially-called meetings at the end of each worship service that morning. The voting will be done by yes/no ballot
The Committee initially received and reviewed over fifty resumes submitted either directly to us or via one of the three links we posted. We also listened to or viewed numerous sermons posted online. And at a pivotal point in the search, we sought out and met with a Southern Baptists of Texas Convention consultant who specializes in pastor placement. It was in that incredible meeting we received clear validation of God’s direction to pursue the very first candidate that applied!
As the Pastor Selection Committee we looked for someone who not only would embrace the footprint created under Randy’s leadership and vision, but who would also look to expand that influence as we move forward as the body of Christ in our community and everywhere else God would have us go. We know this candidate, together with his wife and family, will carry on the DNA of Walnut Ridge and add some twists of his own to our already special culture. But above all else we are confident in his love of God, his love of God’s Word, his love of people, his leadership, and his ability and passion to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with everyone.
In Numbers, Chapter 27, Moses has been made aware his time as the leader of God’s people is coming to an end and that a new leader must be named. Starting with verse 15:
Moses said to the Lord, “May the Lord, the God of the spirits of all mankind, appoint a man over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead then out and bring them in, so the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd”.
So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit and lay your hand on him. Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence”
Well Eleazar the priest couldn’t be with us today, but the Senior Pastor Selection Committee of Walnut Ridge, in unanimous agreement and of one accord, is here to stand before you today to announce that our nomination for the next Senior Pastor of Walnut Ridge Baptist Church is Pastor Erik Erby.