Final Candidate

Posted on: August 19th, 2018 by Graham Reimer

Church, we have exciting news!

We have narrowed our search to one final candidate. What an amazing journey it has been to arrive to this current stage of the search process. God has been good and we have felt the Holy Spirit’s leading over the past 10 months, especially this last month which has brought us to where we are today. We have been brought to tears at times, deep prayer, and moments of laughter and joy. We firmly believe that God has provided us our new lead pastor to lead our local church into the days and years ahead. We also feel the need to report to everyone that will read this, that God is working through incredible leaders here in Canada. All of the candidates that had applied were excellent men of God and absolutely pursue Jesus in all they do. It has been an honour and joy to see the Canadian landscape have excellent men of God wanting to impact our world, our country, and specifically our city of Lethbridge.

What does a “Final Candidate” mean exactly?
– Reference checks have been completed for all the final lead pastor applicants we narrowed our search to.
– Once reference checks were completed, the Search Committee had a series of presentations and meetings with the board.
– Several meetings later and dialogue between the Search Committee and EFCL Board, we collectively  decided to pursue one applicant
– Series of interviews have been conducted with the final applicant

Now we patiently and prayerfully wait. We now are trusting the next phase of this process to God and our EFCL board. They will be spending the days ahead finalizing logistics, a formal offer, transition from no current lead pastor (since Feb 2018) to a lead pastor, and timing, etc. No formal hire has been made yet and this part of the “search” is between the EFCL Board and the final candidate. If this person chooses to accept the offer from the Board, he would then choose an appropriate weekend with the board to have a “Candidating Weekend”. This is a weekend where the final candidate speaks to the congregation on Sunday morning and is a time to meet us as a church.

We are so excited that we are at this stage of the search and know that board, staff, and us as an entire congregation are as well. God has great things planned our EFCL and our beautiful city. We are so excited to see the next phase of Lethbridge and how we can continue to make disciples in the name of Jesus Christ. Please continue to pray over leadership and staff at this time as we know that the enemy would much rather hurt and derail God’s plans for our church. Please pray for plenty of unity, peace, wisdom and joy in the days ahead.

Thank you so much for your continued love, prayer and support.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.

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