John Piper Succession Team Underway
From Bethlehem Baptist Church:
The Succession Search Team (made up of elders from the former “Vision & Succession” Committee and our lead pastors) would like the congregation to be apprised of the timeline and status of the search for a pastor to succeed Pastor John. Please use the timeline for this process(as described at the December 18, 2011, Annual Meeting) as a guide to pray for our elders.
Note that if the Elders reach a positive consensus on March 27 to move forward with the applicant, the applicant will become a “candidate,” and the second half of the timeline will be confirmed. Should the elders decide not to move forward with the applicant, the Search Team will pause its efforts until further notice.
Joel – I submitted your name as a potential candidate. That was ok, right??
Umm, you know, I may not be what they’re looking for. I am Baptist, after all. 😉
What are they looking for? A reformed bapticostal?
From their web site:
As announced earlier this year, the elders have come to full agreement that Bethlehem will remain one church on multiple campuses for the foreseeable future until the Lord shows us otherwise. ”
They might looking to the Bible to see that the Lord has always said otherwise about what a church is. A singular local gathering of saints under a plurality of qualified elders. They’re working under a model created by man’s imagination and displayed for centuries in various churches following the Roman Catholic religion.
You’re exactly right. I know a recent church plant that spread out from the very beginning. Tsk, tsk!