Prayer

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know”  (Jeremiah 33:3).

Join us in praying for God’s guidance throughout the process of selecting our next senior pastor. This list was compiled by a dedicated Prayer Team, based on where our church is in The Search process. Thank you for your prayers.

Thank you for your prayers.

August 10 Prayer Team Update print version

Thank you for your continued prayers!  With the Search Team’s recent update announcing that we have two finalist candidates for our senior pastor position, they included the following list of prayer requests:
  • Please pray for God’s wisdom to guide our way, and for clarity and unity as decisions are made.
  • Pray for the Search Team to be attentive to the (sometimes) still, small voice of the Holy Spirit and to follow in obedience.
  • Pray for all the details related to candidate interviews and visits to come together without any issues. Pray for safe travel for all.
  • Pray for all those involved in candidate interviews to be prayerful, discerning and wise in their reflections and recommendations.
  • Pray for the candidates and their families. The end of this process will result in a call to a new church family, community, school and home.
  • Pray for God’s peace to rule in their hearts and minds with so much change to family life potentially on the horizon.
  • Pray for Pastor Steve and Julie as they continue to walk this uncharted road.
  • Pray for the staff as they prepare to serve under a new and different leader.

July 3 Prayer Team Update print version

Join us to pray specifically for the Search process during the HOME service at 7:00 pm on July 18!

In the meantime, as our search for a new senior pastor moves toward the Interview Phase during the month of July, please continue to support the process with prayer:

  • Offer prayers of thanksgiving that the Search is progressing so well and that God has brought us this far through the process.
  • Please pray for continued wisdom and openness to God’s direction for the Search Team.
  • Please pray for the Holy Spirit to be present with the Search Team as they meet.
  • Please continue to pray for our great church staff as they prepare for new leadership and head into fall programming.
  • Please pray for Pastor Steve and Julie as they plan for their next season.

June 18 Prayer Team Update print version

As our consultant Nancy Moore and her team move toward finalizing the candidate pool, she sent along the following prayer requests:

  • Please continue to pray that the final steps of qualification of candidates goes smoothly.
  • Please pray that the right candidates feel moved strongly by God to participate in the process.
  • Please pray for the candidates: that God would touch their hearts with joy and peace, that he will provide a sense of calling, and that he will prepare them and their families for a call to Shepherd.
  • Please pray for God to instill a sense of excitement and momentum about Shepherd in the hearts of these good individuals.
  • Please pray that God will stir the heart and mind of anyone whom He’d still like to step into the process.
  • Please pray that the people of Shepherd would love one another well and feel a renewed sense of anticipation for the future.
  • Please pray for the staff team — that they spur one another on during a season that can feel uncertain, that they would be caring toward one another and others, and that they would experience the super national peace of God daily.
  • Please pray for Pastor Steve and Julie — that God would grant them peace and encouragement as this transition draws near.

June 1 Prayer Team Update print version

  • Offer praise and thanksgiving for the work God has done bringing candidates to our consultants for screening
  • Pray for strength, unity and focus as the Search Team begins interviews during the next month or so.
  • Pray for Shepherd staff to remain healthy and strong through this year of transition and to know how much the congregation appreciates them and their hard work.
  • Pray for Pastor Steve, Julie and family to remain strong in body, mind and spirit as they prepare for a new phase.

May 18 Prayer Team Update print version

Please continue to pray for May 4 topics listed below, with the addition of the following:

  • Pray that God will lead the Search Team to prepare the right questions to ask candidates and to stay focused on his will during the interviews
  • Pray that as we approach the summer months, schedules will not hinder the process for candidates or the Search Team.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32:8).

May 4 Prayer Team Update print version

  • Pray that pastors being contacted by the consultant would be open to the conversation and that God would use the interaction to provide discernment to them about the opportunity.
  • Pray that God will lead the consultant to the right sourcing pools.
  • Pray that connections will be made with the right pastors.
  • Pray that those pastors who should be in the applicant pool would have an overwhelming sense of draw to explore the opportunity.
  • Pray that consultant team’s communication and efficiency will remain crisp and drive momentum as they work together through the interview, assessment and pre-referencing process.
  • Pray that Shepherd’s congregation and staff will remain encouraged and unified.
  • Pray for Pastor Steve to feel God’s guidance through his final year with us.
  • Pray that the Council, Transition Team and Search Teams stay encouraged during the quiet, waiting period of this Sourcing Phase.
  • Pray for God’s will to be done through it all.

April 20 Prayer Team Update print version

What a wonderful update we received recently about the progress of the senior pastor search from our consultant Nancy Moore. Even though this is a quiet phase for us as confidential candidate networking and sourcing is proceeding, she shared a very upbeat report.

Nancy says that she and her team can tell when a church is praying for the process. She described a “strong initial response” to our materials and the outreach they are making, in spite of the timing falling around Palm Sunday and Easter. This confirms that God’s hand is certainly on the process, thanks be to Him.

Nancy says the response is a confirmation that we are committed to prayer to support our search. Thank you for your prayers — they are supporting the whole effort. She requests that we continue to pray in the following ways:

  • Pray that Nancy and Team are empowered by the Holy Spirit as they do their good work on our behalf.
  • Ask God to go before them to draw the right candidates into the process.
  • Pray for wisdom and discernment for both the search committee and the candidates to ask the right questions and share the right information.
  • If the pastor has a family, pray that they would feel attracted to know more and consider our church as their next church home.
  • Pray for God’s will to be done through all the steps and process ahead.
  • Pray a prayer of thanksgiving to God for his care of and guidance to our search.

If you would like support about how to pray or would like to pray with someone, please email search@sov.church or use myShepherd to contact any of the Prayer Team members: Rachel Allgor, Cathy Colman, Carol Entwistle, Harold Hansen, Jamie Kromer, Rich Larson, Dagni Lee, Jann Maurer, Andrew Nippert, Dick Reed, Lisa Roettger, and Rob Stevenson.