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A Call to Corporate Prayer: July 4-18

This past Sunday the Pastoral Team (Pastors Dennis, Earl, Hank, Kevin, and Tom) called our body to pray each day from 12-12:30 PM.  We are calling our body to commit to 30 minutes of focused prayer each day through Sunday, July 18.

The call is to pray for clarity of vision and direction as well as unity among both the Pastoral Team and ultimately our body as a whole during our transition as Pastor Dennis looks to step away from his responsibilities as senior pastor.

We realize not everyone will be able to pray each day exactly from 12-12:30 PM. We ask that, if possible, you make an earnest effort to pray at that time. But if it is not possible, we ask that you commit to 30 minutes during a different time each day so that you can give a time of focused prayer for our transition.

For those able, we would ask that you seek the Spirit’s leading as to how you might also be able to fast from something during this time. While fasting is generally associated with food, fasting can be from other activities. The purpose of fasting is to use the time for prayer and communing with God rather than partaking of a particular activity. It is important that only those who are physically capable of fasting from food choose that activity.  For others it will be another activity.

So let us all commit to earnestly pray for our unity as a body and for our Pastoral Team in understanding God’s will. Let us pray for our love for one another to abound more and more in knowledge and discernment so that we may stand pure and blameless before our Lord on the day of His return and, thus, bring praise and glory to God.

In Christ,
The Pastoral Team
Pastors Dennis, Earl, Hank, Kevin, and Tom
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Seeking God's Will for Our New Lead Pastor

On Sunday, February 21, Pastor Dennis Wall, our Lead Pastor for the past 40+ years, announced he plans to step out of the roll of Lead Pastor by September 2021. As a church that is Christ-Ruled, Elder-Led, Deacon-Served, and Congregation-Commissioned we are initiating a search for our new Lead Pastor. The Elder Team has already begun to organize the search process to lead our church in finding our next Lead Pastor. Each of the elders, including Pastor Dennis, will be actively involved in leading our body to seek God's will in determining who our new Lead Pastor will be. Part of that leading is actively involving the congregation in seeking and selecting our next Lead Pastor.  And as a Congregation-Commissioned church we will seek together and ultimately affirm together the selection of our new Lead Pastor.
In order to involve our congregation throughout the process of selecting our new Lead Pastor, five teams are being formed. Each of these teams has a specific focus to help in the selection and transition process. Ultimately, the Pastor Search Team will bring a recommendation to our congregation for congregational vote to select our next Leader Pastor.
  1. Church Profile Team - Led by Pastor Kevin Barthold, this team will assist in developing the profile about our church so the new Lead Pastor knows better who we are.
  2. Community Profile Team - Led by Pastor Earl Quick, this team will assist in developing the profile about the communities that our church serves, shepherds, and reaches out to.
  3.  Pastor Profile Team - Led by Pastor Tom Wilson, this team will assist by developing the profile for our new Lead Pastor.
  4. Pastor Search Team - Jointly led by Pastor Hank Aargon and Pastor Kevin Barthold, this team will have the greatest time commitment in helping to narrow down candidates to serve as our new Lead Pastor and ultimately present the candidate to the congregation for congregational affirmation.
  5. Welcome Team - With the exact leader to be determined once the new Lead Pastor has been chosen, this team will work together to help the new Lead Pastor transition to be part of The Hills Church

Our Goals throughout the Process

We have the following goals in our search for a new Lead Pastor:
  1. Maintain Day-to-Day Operations
  2. Involve as many members of The Hills Church in the process
  3. Separate the role and position of the Lead Pastor from that of Legacy Christian Academy Chancellor 
  4. Target Sept 1, 2021 as the start date for our new Lead Pastor

Understanding the Process

Prayer

As a church, we must undergird the entire process in prayer. All of us must be committed to pray for and throughout the process.

Leadership

The search for our new Lead Pastor will be overseen by our Elder Team.

Five Teams

In order to involve as many of our church members as possible in and throughout the process five teams are being formed.
  1. Church Profile Team - Led by Pastor Kevin Barthold
  2. Community Profile Team - Led by Pastor Earl Quick
  3. Pastor Profile Team - Led by Pastor Tom Wilson
  4. Pastor Search Team - Led by Pastor Hank Aragon and Pastor Kevin Barthold
  5. Welcome Team - Leadership TBD once our new Lead Pastor has been chosen