Lead Pastor Transition

UPDATED:  September 8, 2018 (see * below)

You have arrived at our landing page for information in regard to the search for Bright Hope's next pastor.   Pastor Paul has announced his retirement, effective September 30, 2018.  We are so very grateful for his years of faithful service as our pastor since 2001. If you are a member or regular attender of Bright Hope and missed his announcement, you can request a copy of his letter and/or the audio of his announcement by completing the contact form on this page or follow the email link below.

Search Team
Bright Hope's Search Team consists of the current deacons (see list below).  We are now in the active search phase of our process.  This means we are now collecting and sifting through resumes and contacting potential candidates.  Our main focus has been, and will continue to be, spending time on our knees before God seeking His wisdom, His desires, His plan, and His purposes for Bright Hope.  Please join us in praying for: the Search Team, Pastor Paul & Susi, our new pastor, and our church family. If you have questions concerning this process, please contact us via email.

Our Search Team's Guiding Principles are as follows:  This process will be bathed in Scripture & prayer; This process will be in accordance with BHCC Essential Guidelines; No candidate will be recommended until the Team is unanimous that the Holy Spirit has definitively identified God’s pastor for BHCC; We will be as open and transparent and communicative as possible; We will seek input and advice as needed from inside and outside the church;  We will set and stick with time deadlines but will not place a timetable on when God should act;  We will protect and maintain confidentiality of candidates.

Our Search Team has utilized the data provided to us via church survey and has developed a Church & Potential Pastor Profile.  You can view these PROFILES HERE (added 7/22/18)

If you are a pastor seeking a ministry, please check out the profile link above and see if you fit the criteria for Lead Pastor of Bright Hope Community Church.  At the end of the profile, there is info on how you can submit your letter of interest and resume. Thank you!

Next Steps for Search Team:  Collect resumes through job posting sites, and colleges/seminares in our region; Revision of Job Description; Potential Pastor Questionaire; Developing Interview Process.

* Update (9/8/18):  We have received around 65 resumes for our Lead Pastor position.  We have begun the evaluation of these resumes and will begin contacting our top 10-12 candidates soon to ask them to complete a Doctrinal Survey.  Upon receipt of these completed questionaires, we will begin our first round of interviews with the men we feel are most qualifed to fill our Lead Pastor position.

Team Members (Team Role):
Justin Allison (Correspondence and Research)
Sam Burgard (Prayer Coordinator) - see most recent prayer letter below**
John Castina (Correspondence and Research)
Dave Ireland (Correspondence and Research)
Jeff Kaminski (Communication)
Kevin McCormick (Co-Lead; Recorder)
Chris McGrady (Co-Lead; non-voting consultant)
Paul Thomas (Communication)

**Prayer letter from Sam Burgard (9/4/18)

Hey Bright Hope,

Just wanted to remind you all to continue praying through this search process.  All the points in the original email, which are below,  still need to be bathed in prayer.  We have posted the position on several sights and have received 55 resumes up to this point.  The search team is going through these as they come in, so we need prayer to be discerning of the information that has been put before us.  Also that we would be in unity as we go through.  The search team decided in earlier meetings that the vote on that team had to be unanimous before any one would be presented to you guys.  Saying that each person on the team needs wisdom and insight on each applicant because if one decides that the applicant is not the right one than they are removed from the process.  This process is very consuming and requires a lot of time.  Pray for each person on the team that they would not be overwhelmed and would find rest in Christ.  That we would not neglect things within our families and the ongoing ministry of Bright hope.  We know God has this and is working on the man that will be our next pastor.  We as a search team are excited about the future and where God is taking Bright Hope.  

 Chris McGrady, Kevin McCormick, John Castina, Dave Ireland, Jeff Kaminski, Paul Thomas, Justin Allison and myself are who make up the search team.  Pick one man to pray for everyday that he would be focused on the things he needs to be focused on and that all the distractions of this world would not side track or overwhelm him.  That he would seek to glorify God in all he does and that would be in forefront of his mind.  

I have attached a link that has been very helpful for my family knowing when to pray.  I hope it clears some things up in your prayer life also. https://youtu.be/2VK4uyxeMXk  Thank you for continuing to pray along with us and the  encouraging comments. 

Sam Burgard