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Pastoral Search Committee
We are tasked by NBCC’s elders to search until we find the man whom God has selected to be the pastor/shepherd of our beloved church. This is a journey. Journeys are more marathons than sprints as God often uses them to educate the sojourner and grow faith. You asked, we answer! Here are the answers to the top 3 FAQs.
- Will our new senior minister be _[adjective]_ ?
A common variation of this question involves John & Evelyn Meisenbach and cloning technology that is beyond our reach and skill set. The answer to what qualities we seek in our new Senior Minister lies in 1 Samuel 16:7 as the prophet Samuel was anointing the new king of Israel. “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” We are seeking a man after God’sown heart. The congregation agrees. Desired traits most commonly mentioned in the congregational survey included: loves Jesus, lovespeople, caring, focused on outreach, biblical knowledge, and practices what he preaches.
- Will the congregation get to vote on our new Senior Minister?
Yes! Our new Senior Minister will not come in having never met the congregation (or visa versa). The process according to our bylaws is:The Pastoral Search Committee advertises the position and vets applicants [resume review, on-line search, call references, conduct inter-views, etc.]. We will invite nalist(s) in for a trial sermon and meet and greet with the congregation. The congregation is welcome and en-couraged to provide us feedback. The seven voting members of the PSC will then prayerfully vote on the nalist(s) to recommend to NBCC Elders. Our Elders then do their own vetting and research and prayerfully vote on the nalist to present to the congregation for a nal vote.
- 3. How long will this process take?
Two Bible verses come to mind in answer to this question. First, Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” The PSC and NBCC as a whole have our own idea of how fast this process should go but, ultimately, God is in control. Second, the story of Gideon’s army in Judges 7 comes to mind. Gideon had a speci c idea of what was needed time- and personnel-wise to win the battle but God had other plans designed so God’s glory would shine through and His will would be done. While the PSC envisions inter-views in January and our new Senior Minister joining us by March at the latest, this process will take as long as it needs to take for God’sglory to shine through and His will to be done. We must and will trust God to determine our steps and that may take longer or shorter thanany of us expect.
Please contact us PCS@newbeginningscctampa.org. Do not hesitate to contact any of these Committee members with questions, ideas, or concerns. The Pastoral Search Committee members are: Rick Atkinson, Alyse Duffy, Dale Hammond, Tom Jones, Sarah Kay-Chair., Tammy McCready, Tracey Porath, and Rick Rose. Youth members are Laura Grubbs and Nicole Perdigon.
Annual Congregational Meeting – Wednesday, January 16
Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 16, at 7 p.m. The 2019 Board will be introduced. If you plan to attend the Beef Brisket meal, please sign up for that night’s supper, served at 6:10 p.m.
All Church Breakfast & Work Day – Saturday, February 9
The second Saturday of the month is the “All Church Breakfast and Workday.” The next workday is Saturday, February 9, when men, women, husbands, fathers, kids, and grandkids of all shapes and sizes…are invited to join us at 8 a.m. for breakfast. At 8:30 a.m. we will form groups and get projects done until around 10:30 a.m. Some of the projects are at the church and some in the community. Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
- Please make the All Church Breakfast and Workday a normal part of your monthly routine!
- Please encourage the able-bodied folks in your family to get up and come!
- Please bring your sons and daughters and instill the discipline of service in them!
- Please prayerfully give God three hours once a month in physical labor for Him!
Discover NBCC – Sunday, March 31
We value you! This is a 45-minute introduction to NBCC on how you can join in at NBCC and get plugged in. We will cover much in this 45-minute roller coaster ride. Offered on the 5th Sunday of a month (that contains 5 Sundays) and will be led by ministers, elders, and other leaders. Join us! The next “Discover NBCC” will be Sunday, March 31, at 9:30 a.m. in our Family Life Center (FLC). Please email the NBCC Office if you’d like more information.
Scrips (Gift Cards) Available
Just a reminder we have Scrips (i.e., Gift Cards) available every Sunday. This is an ongoing fundraiser for our CWF (Christian Women’s Fellowship). Gift cards from various restaurants, stores, etc. are available and even more can be ordered (delivered the next Sunday). You purchase the gift card and our church gets a percentage of the sale proceeds. The Scrips can be found in the Family Life Center following the 8 a.m. Inside and 8:30 a.m. Drive-In Services and at the Foyer Welcome Center following the 10:30 a.m. Inside Service.
These make great Christmas gifts. Do your Christmas shopping now as Christmas is just around the corner! We will have our annual Scrips Christmas drawing on ALL Sundays in December! For every gift card (i.e., Scrip) that you purchase, you receive a ticket for the weekly drawing. This runs through Sunday, December 30. Two winners will be drawn each week; each winner will receive a gift card of their choice valued up to $10.
Sanctuary flowers can be ordered to honor or remember someone. The 2019 price is $30. You can then take the flowers home after the service. We only ask that you bring back the container for recycling. Contact the NBCC office (813-837-3451) or email us if you want to honor or remember someone with the Sunday flowers. Your check can be sent to NBCC @ 4100 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa, FL 33611.
Men’s Clothing Request
NBCC currently does not have the area to collect men’s clothing for Manhattan Baptist Church’s clothes closet. Please take your clothing donation directly to Manhattan Baptist Church at 4300 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa, FL 33611.
John Meisenbach Scholarship
Johnson University – Florida has established a scholarship in John’s name. Donations should be sent directly to Johnson University – Florida at 1011 Bill Beck Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34744 with “John Meisenbach” in the memo portion of the check.