Jay Announced His Retirement after 29 Years at First Baptist.

The seasons change. As summer gives way to fall and fall yields to winter, in the same way God orders the life-cycle of His children. On September 11th the calendar shouted, “Jayboy, you are 65!” The years have wings and they have ushered in a new season for us.

After diligent prayer, thoughtful consideration, and consulting with wise counsel, Mary Ruth and I have determined this is the right time to start the process of handing the baton of Pastoral Leadership to a new Shepherd for our beloved First Baptist Family. My retirement will be June 30, 2020.

A CALL TO PRAYER

CHURCHWIDE FAST TO SEEK FATHER GOD’S CHOICE OF A NEW PASTOR FOR FIRST BAPTIST

EXPLANATION:

The Pastor Search Committee, in conjunction with the FBC Prayer Team, is asking that each FBC member join in a united time of prayer and fasting until a new pastor is secured.

The 24-hour fast is from dinner on Sunday night to dinner on Monday night. Please choose from the following options:

A. The 1st Monday of each month

B. Two (2) Mondays a month

C. Every Monday

The fast can be of one’s own choosing as led by the Lord.

PREPARATION:

Psalm 66:18  |  “If I regard sin and baseness in my heart [that is, if I know it is there and do nothing about it], The Lord will not hear [me]…”

So as you begin your fast, please meditate on the following:

A. Praise the Lord for what He has done for you (Psalm 100)

B. Thanksgiving for Jesus and for His shed blood (Ephesians 2:13)

C. Confession of any sins that are separating you from the Lord (1 John 1:9)

D. Worship the Lord for Who He is (Psalm 2:11)

E. Spiritual Armor this is a spiritual battle, requiring spiritual weapons (Ephesians 6:10-18)

INTERCESSION:

Isaiah 55:11  |  “So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void (useless, without result), Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”

Pray for the Pastor Search Committee members to be:

1. Unified in all they do (Psalm 133:1)

2. Protected from enemy attacks (Psalm 91)

3. Anointed with the Holy Spirit as they interview each candidate (Acts 1:8)

4. Be respectful of each other (Philippians 2:3-4)

5. Be very confidential in their work (Proverbs 11:13)

6. Practice an active prayer life, with fasting, while serving in this capacity (Matthew 6:5-18)

Pray for the FBC family to:

1. Pray for each member of the Pastor Search Committee on a regular basis (Ephesians 1:16)

2. Pray for God’s man to fill this position (1 Samuel 16:4-13)

3. To respect the decision of the Committee in regards to the candidate chosen (1 Corinthians 16:16)

Pray for our future Pastor and his family:

1. That his decision to accept the call to FBC be extremely clear (Isaiah 30:21)

2. That he be a man who seeks the guidance of the Lord with his whole heart (Deuteronomy 10:12)

3. That he be a man of humility and obedience to the Word (Psalms 119:105)

4. That he exhibits the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22)

The selection of our new pastor will be a process. Let us not grow weary, but remember Matthew 7:7-8:

“Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened.”

Pastor Search Committee Report
December 22, 2019

Thank you for your continued prayers. We are gratefully encouraged by those joining us in fasting and praying as we seek God’s next leader. The Committee is working hard reviewing the qualifications of all candidates recommended  by our church members and others. We have sought the advice of leaders of the Baptist Conventions in Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, and of course Alabama. No candidates have yet been contacted. Fortunately, there is much information available online where we access sermons and valuable insights about candidates and their families.

Recently a rumor came to my attention that the Committee already made a decision. Let’s put that rumor to rest! No decisions have been made. Your Pastor Search Committee is unified in its search for God’s man to serve as the next link in the chain of anointed pastors that have served and blessed our great church. We meet frequently and often for hours at a time. You have chosen proven leaders who discuss pertinent matters openly and transparently, all with one heart.

Thank you for continuing to understand that confidentiality is a crucial component of the Committee’s work as we seek the Lord’s next chosen servant. We will report as we have information and  we always welcome your suggestions and thoughts. One very significant admonition was simple but poignant, “Don’t mess this up.” We won’t. Please keep praying for your Committee.

Our guiding scripture remains Matthew 7:7-8. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

Thank you, my dear brothers and sisters.
Douglas McElvy  //  Chairman

PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE

justin aday

JOHN ASHWORTH

andy birchfield

RODNEY BLEDSOE

Jane Burdeshaw

JANE FERGUSON

Jim frankum

STUART HENDON

BILLY IRVIN

BILL LAMBERT

caden lockett

Basil Manly

DAVID MARTIN

bill mccrary

Douglas McElvy

TANYA MCLEMORE

STEVE ROBERTS

James WHitehead

SOO SEOK YANG

If you have questions, please email Douglas McElvy or Andy Birchfield.