Pastor Search Update 7/3/2024

The month of June was a busy and exciting time in the life of our church!  We have been able to minister to families with kids and teens in some amazing ways!  Thank you all for your prayers and support as we Love People to The Point of Life: Jesus Christ!  It’s been a while since we have been able to give an update, so here goes! As most of you know, we had a chemistry visit scheduled for the end of May with a pastoral candidate. Our prayer throughout this entire process has been for God’s will and His timing in bringing us our next Senior Pastor.  We did have a good visit with a potential candidate and his wife at the end of May.  After a few days of getting to spend time with them and after much prayer and discussion, it was clear to both the candidate and the committee that we should continue looking at some other candidates. While we had hoped we were nearing the end of our search, we were also asking God to make it crystal clear on whether this was the right move for our church.  He did that, and we are thankful for His guidance and confirmation that we need to keep searching.  

We met with Tracey Smith from the Aaron Hur Group this past weekend and received a new slate of candidates that we are looking forward to connecting with in the coming weeks.  We are still praying with excitement and expectancy for the man and family God would have to lead our church forward into this next season.  We’d ask you to join us in praying by choosing one of the prayer guides below to continue working through on a daily basis. You can pick up a hard copy of the prayer guide in the foyer of the Worship Center. 

We are thankful that Dr. Wiggins continues to faithfully preach the Word of God to us each week and plans to continue to do so until we find our next Senior Pastor.  He and Cindy are such a huge blessing to us, so please let them know how much we love and appreciate them every chance you get!  Their love for the Lord and our church is evident as they join us on Sundays for worship! 

Also, we have some guest speakers who will be joining us over the next few months to preach The Word and encourage us.  Dr. Brian Nall, Executive Director of our Pensacola Bay Baptist Association will be joining us in July.  Lewis Miller, our West Regional Catalyst of the Florida Baptist Convention will be with us in August.  Pastor Mitch, Pastor Nick, and Pastor Joe will also be preaching periodically in the coming weeks.  We are thankful for all our friends and our staff who love preaching the Bible in our pulpit at The Point!  Thank you for your prayers as we continue to search for our next Senior Pastor.

God Bless,

The Pastor Search Team

Pastor Search Update 5/6/24

We wanted to give you a quick update as we begin the month of May. We have narrowed our search down to one candidate. He and his wife will be coming into town in the coming weeks for some face to face interviews with the search team and the executive staff. This is what’s called a “chemistry visit,” where we can all get an idea of how he relates with some of our folks and vice versa. If that meeting goes well, we will move to the next step in the process, and that will be scheduling a weekend for the candidate and his family to come to town and for him to preach in view of a call to be our next senior pastor.  

We are excited about the direction God seems to be leading our search in! The team continues to be in complete unity. We’d like to ask you to continue praying!  There are multiple prayer guides on this page. We ask you choose one to continue cycling through as our search continues. Exciting days are ahead for our church! Keep praying!

God Bless,

The Pastor Search Team

Pastor Search Update 3/25/24

As we enter the month of April, our Senior Pastor search will be accelerating rapidly as we begin interviewing finalists. We want to encourage the church to pray these scripture passages not only over our next pastor and his family but also over ourselves as we anticipate the Lord’s working in the life of our church.

– The Pastor Search Team

April Prayer Guide

April 1 | Proverbs 3:5-6
Pray for us to trust in God for this next season in the life of our church and not to lean on our own understanding.

April 2 | Philippians 4:4-7
Pray that we would not be anxious while we await God’s will for our church.

April 3 |Philippians 4:8
Pray for us all to stay positive and think on good things.

April 4 | Isaiah 40:31
Pray that we would wait patiently on the Lord. 

April 5 | Jeremiah 29:11
Pray thanking the Lord that He has great plans for us.

April 6 | Psalm 1
Pray that we stay rooted and grounded in The Word during this interim period.

April 7 | Psalm 133:1
Pray that we would continue to dwell in unity.

April 8 | Isaiah 52:7
Pray for our prospective pastor and our current pastors as they carry the good news.

April 9 | Proverbs 31:10-31
Pray for our next pastor’s wife to have the characteristics found in this passage.

April 10 | 1 Corinthians 13
Pray for our next pastor to model the biblical characteristics of love as he leads us.

April 11 | Galatians 5:22-23
Pray for the next pastor and his family to bear fruit of the Spirit.

April 12 | 1 Timothy 3:2-5
Pray for our next pastor to meet the qualifications set forth in this passage.

April 13 | Titus 1:7-9
Pray that our next pastor also exhibits these qualifications in his leadership.

April 14 | 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Pray for our next pastor to preach the Word!

April 15 | Colossians 3:18-21
Pray for our next pastor to lead a home that is in biblical order.

April 16 | Luke 14:11; James 4:10
Pray for our next pastor to have humility.

April 17 | Matthew 28:18-20
Pray for our next pastor to live out the Great Commission and to lead us to do the same.

April 18 | Colossians 3:23-24
Pray for our next pastor to be a hard worker.

April 19 | James 1:5
Pray for our next pastor to seek wisdom from the Lord.

April 20 | James 1:19
Pray for our next pastor to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.

April 21 | Proverbs 15:5
Pray for our next pastor to give and receive correction well.

April 22 | 2 Timothy 2:23
Pray our next pastor has discernment not to get caught up in silly things both in person and online.

April 23 | 2 Timothy 2:24-26
Pray our next pastor is not quarrelsome but is kind and exhibits all the characteristics in this passage.

April 24 | Galatians 5:16
Pray our next pastor walks in the Spirit and not the flesh.

April 25 | 2 Timothy 2:15
Pray our next pastor makes studying God’s word a priority and rightly divides the Word of truth.

April 26 | Psalm 20:7
Pray our next pastor realizes where his strength comes from.

April 27 | Psalm 121
Pray our next pastor remembers where his help comes from.

April 28 | Colossians 3:12-14
Pray our next pastor has thick skin and a soft heart.

April 29 | Colossians 3:15
Pray that the peace of Christ rules in our next pastor’s heart and that his relationship with God and us reflects this passage.

April 30 | Ephesians 6:10-20
Pray our next pastor would stand strong in the Lord and fight the good fight wearing the whole armor of God.

Pastor Search Update 3/13/24

We hope everyone is having a great day so far! We wanted to give you a brief update on where we are in our search and give you some news about the upcoming weeks in terms of preaching for our church.  

The search team is scheduled to have our “Mid-Point Check In” with Tracey Smith and the team from The Aaron Hur Group on Tuesday, March 19. In this meeting, Tracey will update us on the applicant pool and present us with some potential candidates/finalist options without revealing names just yet. This will give us an idea of the kind of folks he’s been speaking with, and he will make sure his direction is lining up with our search team’s desires and prayer focus. All of Tracey’s interviews have been informed by the onsite visit he made here weeks ago and the time he has spent with our search team. We are getting one step closer to identifying our finalists and beginning the interview process with our search team! We are being patiently optimistic that it won’t be too many more months until we can officially announce our candidate to be the next Senior Pastor here at The Point! 

In the meantime, haven’t you enjoyed having Dr. Mike Wiggins preaching to us every week? He has been a blessing and a Godsend to our church!  In the months of April and May, Dr. Wiggins is going to get a couple of breaks, and our pastoral team will be filling the pulpit a couple of times: John and Mitch two Sundays in April and Joe one Sunday in May. In addition, we have a Men’s Steak Out coming up on Sunday evening, April 21 in which Dr. Brian Nall will be bringing a challenge to our guys! The Point Church loves preaching, and we have a great couple of months lined up as we move through the Spring!

Please continue to be in prayer for our search team and for the man God has already picked to be our next Senior Pastor!

God Bless,

The Pastor Search Team

Pastor Search Update 2/26/24

First of all, thanks to everyone for praying for our Pastor Search Team and process. Prayer has been and is the foundation of all we’ve been doing during our search. We wanted to finally post an update on where we are in our search thus far.  

As many of you are aware, we have partnered with The Aaron Hur Group (AHG) to assist us in the search process. Tracey Smith and his team at AHG have been a pleasure to work with, and we have loved their emphasis on prayer and waiting on The Lord as we await the man God would have to lead our church into this next season. 

After months of praying and planning, we began accepting resumes last Monday, February 19. According to Tracey, the response has been extremely positive with many impressive and qualified pastors applying. From Monday to Wednesday last week (2 days into posting the position), we had over 100 applicants.  The post itself on the AHG website has been viewed around 1500 times, and we are sure we’ve had many more applicants over the weekend.  

Based on some prior staff searches over the last couple of years, we anticipated a high quantity of applicants. A big reason why we partnered with AHG was to help us sift through the mass of resumes and prayerfully identify viable candidates for the position. We will be collecting resumes over the next month and will be interviewing candidates in April. 

As we are able, we will continue updating everyone with as much information as we can. Once we start speaking with candidates, we’ll need to maintain a certain amount of confidentiality to protect everyone involved in the process. In the meantime, we ask that everyone continue praying for us and our future pastor and family.  

Here are a couple of prayer points that have already been highlighted in the prayer guides we’ve all been praying through the last few months. We’d ask that you’d continue to take these petitions before the Lord on a consistent basis:

  1. Pray for the unity of the church.
  2. Pray for the unity of the search team.
  3. Pray for wisdom and discernment for Tracey and the team at AHG as they receive applications and vet the candidates . 
  4. Please pray for wisdom and discernment for our Pastor Search Team as we seek the Lord’s Will for who the finalists should be as we move into interviews in the coming weeks. 

God Bless,

The Pastor Search Team

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