Since the inception of the LPST in April 2015, the Team has been meeting in person monthly, and by phone bi-weekly to accomplish the following phases of the search process: Discovery, Development, and Delivery.
As a group in the Discovery phase, the committee and church staff read the book, Church Unique and spent time: as a team, with the church body and then collectively with the church staff discovering what is UNIQUE about our church. There are many churches all around South Florida – but what is God doing specifically at First Baptist | FTL that is different?
Collectively there are so many things that are unique about our church, but here is the summary of our work in the Discovery phase:
- Downtown, at the intersection of many cultures and communities
- Family Focused, we have great ministries for children, parents, youth, young professionals, and senior adults
- Welcoming and Serving, we love to serve each other, those in need, and our community
- Creative, we are a talented body of believers
Now that we can summarize and express WHO we are in a succinct manner, we can better know and summarize WHAT we want in our next lead pastor. It is rather simple to find "a man" for this job, but the LPST is looking for "the man" that God has for the job. We are now in the Developmental phase of the process and have been finalizing our “job description” specifying personal and professional requirements for “the man” who will come to lead us.
In January 2017, we broke into subcommittees to work with increased agility and efficacy. As a team, we remain focused on prayer and want to keep that at the forefront of our team's purpose. We ask the body of believers to join us in prayer daily for our next lead pastor, and weekly at the altar at 10:10 a.m. in the sanctuary.