Senior Pastor Search Team

God's Man in God's Timing

Current updates, prayer requests from the team, and other details pertaining to the search for Senior Pastor

May 23, 2024 – Fasting & Prayer

Greetings Church!

We look forward to our upcoming time of fasting and prayer with you.  This coming Sunday (May 26) begins an opportunity for members to join together in a churchwide fast for one 24-hour period of your choice, the week of May 26-June 2, as your health permits and the Lord leads. (We encourage you to watch the service online for those not at church this past Sunday.)

Day(s) of Fasting

On fasting days, we have found beginning the day in the Psalms helpful. They will set your mind and heart in the proper direction—silent worship. If you want this—this unification of your mind and heart to God more than food—then beginning with Psalm Chapter 1 is a good place to begin. Reading Psalm chapters 1-20 will lead you through the full range of human emotions and worship as you begin your time with the Lord. 

And if you work while you fast, let your work be worship. 

Specific Prayers

  1. Enter Lord Christ. I have joy in your coming. I am now looking for you. Our church seeks you.
  2. Father, we want more of you in our families, communities, and in your church TODAY. 
  3. Lord Christ, we want more of your likeness TODAY in your church.
  4. Holy Spirit, move TODAY in a new and holy fire in our church and homes.
  5. God, send your man in your time to your people.

Prayer Focus for Each Fasted Meal

For each fasted meal, we ask that you pray over the below themes for yourself, your loved ones, and your church. We believe God’s man will be most clearly seen as we pray more like God’s church. 

Begin each prayer with repentance and end in worship. 

Sunday, May 26: humbling yourself before God (1 Kings 21:27–29; Psalm 35:13)
Monday, May 27: expressing repentance and returning to God (1 Samuel 7:6; Jonah 3:5–8)
Tuesday, May 28: expressing love and worship to God (Luke 2:37)
Wednesday, May 29: ministering to the needs of others (Isaiah 58:3–7)
Thursday, May 30: overcoming temptation and dedicating yourself to God (Matthew 4:1–11)
Friday, May 31: strengthening prayer (Ezra 8:23; Joel 2:13; Acts 13:3)
Saturday, June 1: seeking God’s guidance (Judges 20:26; Acts 14:23)
Sunday, June 2: tasting and seeing that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8)
(themes from Desiring God) 

Then, don’t end your prayer. Continue to live your prayers. A proper life is itself a prayer.

As you have the opportunity when you complete your fast – that day or June 2 – we encourage you to share a meal of Thanksgiving with your life group, friends at K.F.B.C., or loved ones out of gratitude for God’s provision. 

We look forward to seeking the Father together.

Additional Fasting Resources:
How to Begin Fasting: (1-Page Printable Navigators PDF)
https://www.navigators.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/navtool-fasting.pdf

Fasting for Beginners:
https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/fasting-for-beginners

Secret Benefits of Fasting:
https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-secret-benefit-of-fasting

Ligonier Fasting Resource Library:
https://www.ligonier.org/learn/topics/fasting

DesiringGod Fasting Resource Library:
https://www.desiringgod.org/topics/fasting

Update

May 6, 2024

Happy May, Church! 

On May 19, we look forward to having Dr. Josh Ellis, Director of Houston Union Baptist Association, preach in the morning worship service. He will walk us through the purpose of fasting and prayer in the search process. We will share more in that service about an opportunity for members to join us in a churchwide fast for one 24-hour period, the week of May 26-June 2, as your health permits and the Lord leads. 

Again, any regular updates will continue to be made here online, and any major juncture updates will be made during a service. These updates are following a set of best practices we were handed, while we do realize some wish for more detail in other formats. Therefore, we will make two times available for you to speak with members of the SPST. 

1. We will have some of our search team members at the next church business meeting (date not yet set) to answer questions. 

2. Also, on May 19, members of the SPST will be available following the morning worship service in the parlor to answer questions about the process. 

Although we will not be able to discuss any applicants, we will be happy to discuss the process and these updates as best we can. Like any H.R. process in any other organization in the country, certain items members may ask may not receive a satisfactory answer.

We are at the tail end of our resume acceptance period- May 31! If you would like to share the posting using your social media or email relationships, we would appreciate it. Many of the best applicants historically have come from referrals: https://kingwoodfirst.org/search-posting/ 

Then, May 31 will mark the conclusion of the 90-day Candidate Receipt Phase. Our process’ Candidate Receipt Phase is outlined below in our December 19 update. Again, this is a now-expanded 90-day quiet period when resumes will be accepted. 

We expect a multi-week screening & review of the submitted resumes. This will begin a process of grading and scoring based on a set of best practices we identified several weeks ago – well before any resumes were received. 

We appreciate our church family’s encouragement and continued prayers. Please pray for unity in our church body. Please also pray for our Personnel, Stewardship, and Transition Committees as they diligently work through their projects for this new fiscal year. 

Update

April 5, 2024

Happy Friday, Church! 

April 15 will mark half-way into the 90-day Candidate Receipt Phase. Our process’ Candidate Receipt Phase was outlined below in our December 19 update. Again, this is a now-expanded 90-day quiet period when resumes will be accepted. No interviews or communications are expected to take place until after June 1, 2024.

We’d love your referrals! If you would like to share the posting using your social media or email relationships, we would appreciate it. Many of the best applicants historically have come from referrals: https://kingwoodfirst.org/search-posting/ 

Last month, we completed a series of demographic, theological, process, pastoral, and church profile projects, according to the below process schedule. We’ve conducted several additional advice meetings with subject matter experts while continuing our regular times of prayer, Bible study, and Church business.

Again, any regular updates will continue to be made here online, and any major juncture updates will be made during a service. 

We appreciate our church family’s encouragement and continued prayers. Please pray for unity in our church body. Please also continue to pray for our Personnel, Stewardship, and Transition Committees as they diligently work through their various projects for this upcoming fiscal year. 

 

Update

March 8, 2024

Good news! We expedited our schedule by approximately a month and released the official job posting on March 1.

If you would like to share the posting on social media to help get the word out, you can share this link now

https://kingwoodfirst.org/search-posting/ 

As you read the job posting, please note every word was specifically chosen based on surveys, interviews with subject-matter experts, and best practices. We have cross-posted the position on multiple seminary, convention, and association affiliate sites we’ve identified. (If you see a salary posted, please know these sites sometimes infer a potential salary. We are not advertising, or providing, any compensation information.)

Our process’ Candidate Receipt Phase, outlined below in our December 19 update, will be expanded to now entail a 90-day quiet period when resumes will be accepted. We will not be reviewing or discussing resumes during this period (other than an automated email response to candidates). No interviews or communications are expected to take place until after June 1, 2024.

At present, we are wrapping up a series of demographic, theological, process, pastoral, and church profile projects, which we still expect to conclude in March as noted in the below process schedule. We’ve conducted several additional advice meetings with subject matter experts at the Union Baptist Association and other search processes while continuing our regular times of prayer, Bible study, and Church business.

Additionally, several of you have asked whether we would release the survey results. At this time, we are internally utilizing the valuable advice you’ve provided but will not be advertising the results. Some of the results could be interpreted in a mathematically improbable manner, for instance, a 30-year-old pastor with a doctorate and 20 years of ministry experience would have become a senior pastor at age 10. The typed comments also contained a significant treasure trove of data & stories, some of which may not have been provided unless it was kept confidential. We want to set expectations, we won’t be able to appease all appetites, but will certainly let you know if we find that magnificently wise 10-year-old (for those of you interested)!

Again, any regular updates will continue to be made here online, and any major juncture updates will be made during a service.

We appreciate our church family’s encouragement and continued prayers. Please pray for unity in our church body. Give grace and forgiveness, especially when it’s not requested.

Please continue to pray for Kevin and Erin as they move into their next phase. If you have a moment, we’d love it if you’d shoot them a quick message or text!

Update

February 13, 2024

We wish you all a blessed Valentine’s Day today – we feel your love and prayers.

At present, we are still prayerfully working through a series of demographic, theological, process, pastoral, and church profile projects, which we still expect to continue through February and into March as noted in the below process schedule. There is an immense amount of historical data (giving, departments, attendance, etc…) as well, which requires some level of effort. We have also conducted a number of additional advice meetings with subject matter experts at the Union Baptist Association and other search processes.

We are deeply appreciative to the church administration team, namely Penni Jones and Sharon Wood, among others for their help.

As promised, we will be sure to provide you with updates here even if there are no material updates. We will provide some general remarks at the close of the February 18 service, which will not be an official update. Again, any regular updates will continue to be made here online, and any major juncture updates will be made during a service.

We expect to post the position to begin receiving applicants within the next 30-45 days and will alert you at that time here.

We appreciate our church family’s encouragement and continued prayers.

Please pray for Kevin and Erin as they move into their next phase.

Update

January 17, 2024

Following a brief Christmas break, the SPST resumed weekly meetings earlier this month, including supplemental mid-week meetings by smaller task-oriented workgroups as needed.

At present we are prayerfully working through a series of demographic, theological, process, pastoral, and church profile projects which we expect to continue through February.

We requested the church family complete a pastor survey by January 22, which we will utilize in our efforts and in our completion of many of the above projects. We encourage everyone to participate by utilizing (a) the emailed survey, (b) the paper surveys available in service, or (c) the in-app link to the survey. We received over 100 responses in the first week alone!

We appreciate our church family’s encouragements and continued prayers.

Update

December 19, 2023

The SPST completed initial pastor search seminar training through the Union Baptist Association on December 13. As part of this seminar, we were provided general process and best practices for our work.

We have created workgroups from our 11-person SPST, to enable us to work through various tasks and projects simultaneously.

We are targeting the below timeframes for the next two major phases:

Process Building Phase (90 Days)

  • We are constructing a survey so that the church membership can provide input for the next senior pastor. We will notify the church family when the survey period begins and ends so that the maximal number of people may participate. We expect this to take place in January.
  • In February, we will analyze these survey results from you, and work to create a candidate profile and process which we believe the Lord has for our family.
  • In March, we will finalize our process, applicant qualifications, background requirements, demographic research, church historical analysis and be ready to go to market with our search process and receive applicants.

Candidate Receipt Phase (60 Days)

  • Once the process, candidate qualifications and requirements, and other profiles are prepared, we expect to make a 60-day resume acceptance window known, tentatively to begin April 1, 2024.
  • We will announce the position on a variety of convention, seminary, corporate and other job posting sites as best practices dictate.
  • We will announce this opening to you, and seek your help in referring qualified pastors to apply through the proper channels, once they review and determine our church may be for them and that they meet the qualifications.

Candidate Meetings, Questionnaires and Visits (June and Onward)

  • We plan to begin evaluations and conversations with candidates during the summer months once all resumes are received and processed.

December 3, 2023 Search Team Update

 

Update

November 29, 2023

The Senior Pastor Search Team (SPST) met for the first time on Sunday, November 26, 2023. Upon our initial meeting, the team decided:

1. Communication Plan

a. We ask that church members please refrain from asking Search Team members to disclose confidential information about our process, timelines, candidates, and decisions. This will help protect the Church-requested process, team, and pastoral candidates.

b. Updates will be made at this website, generally every month, or more often.

c. Updates during services would be made as major junctures warrant.

d. All committee communications will happen via one of the above methods. No other communication will be made unless made publicly.

e. If there are no updates, we will tell you there are no updates.

2. Process and Resources

a. Generally, we will follow best practice Pastor Search Team processes and guidance as provided by the various agents of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the Union Baptist Associations (UBA), and their affiliates.

b. We will rely primarily on proven search processes over and above the secular executive search processes many of us are accustomed to in our professional work.

3. Meetings

a. The SPST will meet on Sundays at 5:00 PM, except for holidays and when we do not have a quorum. We would appreciate your prayers during this time each week.

4. Training

a. The SPST will host a Pastoral Search expert from the Union Baptist Association in Houston for a deep-dive training session on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.

5. Process

a. We will provide you with an overview of our intended process in December.

How to pray

1. Pray for Kingwood First Baptist Church

a. Pray for humility; humility is the pathway to unity.
    i. Philippians 2:2-3
    ii. John 17:20-21
    iii. James 4:1-3

b. Pray for patience.

c. Pray for commitment.

d. Pray for productivity in your service to your church.

e. Pray for evangelistic faithfulness.

f. Pray for protection.

2. Pray for the Senior Pastor Search Team

a. Pray that God’s will to be done – above all personal agendas and influences,

b. Pray for our patience in the process.

c. Pray for our personal spiritual lives.

d. Pray for our unity.

e. Pray that we will be prayerful.

f. Pray we will practice Godly wisdom and discernment.

g. Pray we will be thorough.

3. Pray for our next Senior Pastor

a. Pray that God will give him strength to leave his current ministry.

b. Pray that God will give him a love for Kingwood First

c. Pray that God will give him a burden for the lost in Kingwood, Porter, Atascocita, and beyond.

d. Pray that God will give him a strong desire to teach and preach the whole counsel of God.

e. Pray that he will make significant time for his family.

f. Pray he will be faithful to fulfill the biblical roles of a shepherd.

4. Pray for our next Senior Pastor’s Family

a. Pray that his wife will develop new friendships quickly.

b. Pray that his wife will adjust to the community.

c. Pray that his wife will not be subjected to unrealistic expectations.

d. Pray that their children will also adjust to their new church family and community.

5. Pray for Kevin and Erin

a. Pray that they will finish strong and feel fulfilled.

b. Pray they will see the fruit of their efforts.

c. Pray they will richly connect with their next community of faith.

d. Pray they will find their next places of service within their retirement.

The prayers mentioned above were adapted from Jason Lowe’s book “The Church During the Search”.

Details & FAQs

WHAT

Dr. Kevin McCallon has served as Senior Pastor of Kingwood First Baptist Church for over 17 years and has announced his retirement in 2024.

Dr. Dearing Garner, Founding Senior Pastor, served for nearly 25 years before Kevin’s arrival.

Our church family has been blessed to have two long-term, faithful leaders over our history.

PROCESS TO SELECT SENIOR PASTOR SEARCH TEAM

The Search for the next Senior Pastor of Kingwood Baptist Church has begun! Our people are already signing up for Prayer teams (“Pray First!”).

They submitted nominations for the Senior Pastor Search Team. Just under 100 people were nominated (97) by the church family to serve. This is truly inspiring and shows just how interested and involved God’s people are in this process as we move toward this exciting new chapter of God’s work at KFBC.

The Personnel Committee of KFBC, worked closely with the church staff to share the names of those willing to serve on the Senior Pastor Search Team. Those nominated by the church family were then considered by the Team Members Selection Group (a group of 8 members chosen from the church family in the way we choose members to consider Deacons nominated for service every year).

There are three important characteristics that are always used to consider men for service as Deacons, which were applied as the considerations to this group as the nominations are given to the Team Members Selection Group:

1 – A person must be willing to serve

2 – A person should be a member, regular attender of KFBC and involved in Life Groups

3 – A person should be regular in giving financial support of KFBC and its ministries

On Sunday, November 12, 2023, the Deacon body was presented with a slate of 11 members by this same Team Members Selection Group. The slate was unanimously recommended, as-presented, for a church-wide vote.

On Sunday, November 19, 2023 the church body elected the same slate of 11 members of the Senior Pastor Search Team during the Sunday Morning Worship Service.

WHY

Pastor Kevin has been working with the Personnel Committee Chairman for the past year towards his much-deserved retirement in 2024.

Our leadership and staff are equipped, and the church is ready to unify under the next season of our mission.

WHO

Our 11-member Senior Pastor Search Team is working with resource-providers, such as the Union Baptist Association in Houston, throughout the process.

The Search Team is entirely independent of the UBA, and any other committee or oversight.

The Search Team will bring its chosen candidate directly to the church body without any interference or governance interference.

The members of the Senior Pastor Search Team are:

Michele Bauer

Fayee Czarnik

Hannah DeCola

Clark Fertitta

Elisabeth Hale

Kevin Kabell

Patrick Keegan

Carlos Lucio

Jennifer Manning

Mitch Moss

Rick Walker

WHEN

The typical pastor search process takes 12-18 months to complete.

We expect the entire process of planning, selection and presentation for voting to take months, but less than a full year, if the Lord identifies a candidate as we anticipate. Of course, we are all submitted to the will and work of the Spirit in this process. The Search Team will provide monthly updates on where we are in the process and how we should pray here on the website.

WHATS NEXT

Pray for the Search Team, our new Senior Pastor, his Family and our church family.

Speculation on “who will be the next Senior Pastor” is normal. However, speculation is not helpful. We are in a season of discernment with the Spirit. It is God’s voice, not our own, that we seek to hear.

There will be a time when resumes will be accepted, which will be known to the church. Only resumes submitted via the proper channels and timeframe will be considered. Please kindly trust those you asked to serve by refraining from politicking for specific individuals.

The Church has clearly defined its core values and objectives during the most-recent survey process, and the Search Team will be purposeful and prayerful in choosing the candidate.

Trust God through this process. He is always up to something that we do not see. He is growing us up and preparing for another progression in our journey as Kingwood First Baptist Church.

You can play your part by fully supporting the work of our church by:

  • Faithfully praying,
  • Engaging in discipleship,
  • Serving in life groups and ministries where you are called,
  • Giving to missions and the ministry of the Church, and
  • Loving as a member of this family of believers.
WHO WILL BE PREACHING AFTER KEVIN DEPARTS? WHO WILL BE IN CHARGE?

Our committee is not involved in pulpit supply or staffing decisions. The formation of a Transition Committee for the Church’s consideration, as required in our bylaws, is in process over the next few weeks and will be presented to the Church in the normal course of business.

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR THIS POSITION?

We will not evaluate any resumes until the closure of the 60-day resume acceptance period – in April and May of 2024. Any candidate may submit their resume early, however they should not expect any material responses from the committee. Any resumes or nominations submitted by anyone other than the candidate, will not be considered.

Candidates should send an email to kfbcsearch@gmail.com with a cover letter in the email body, their contact information and a resume attached as a PDF with their name as the file name. This email should be from their personal email address where they can receive replies. Please do not contact any SPST member about any applicant.

We encourage any applicants to wait until the position qualifications and description are available (on this website around April 1) to determine whether they are qualified and called to our church family.

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