The Search Committee
Pastor Steve Ellison
When a church is without a pastor, many people become anxious, some become very anxious. Selecting the pastor search committee becomes a high priority and rightly so. The pastor search committee performs an important function. The members ought to be carefully chosen. Special consideration should be given to their personal qualities and spiritual maturity. Choosing a pastor will have a long term effect on the church, so the pastor search committee is very important. However, there is another search committee that is far more important: the God search committee.
Every member of the congregation should be an active, contributing member of the God search committee. If this committee serves well, the rest of the church committees become much more effective. Their successes will be magnified and the effects of their failures will be reduced. 1 Chronicles 22:19 says, "Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God.” NASU Searching for God involves setting your heart. Searching for God does not happen by accident; rather, it happens because we make up our minds to search for Him; we will to do it. Jeremiah 29:13-14 says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 'I will be found by you,' declares the Lord.” NASU Seeking God is not a once in a while thing. It is not a part time search. Seeking God requires a total surrender to Him and a total commitment to Him. Maybe you think it is not possible to find God, to really know God as a true friend. Second Chronicles 15:4 and Second Chronicles 28:9 also explicitly state that God will allow us to find Him. That is truly good news.
Perhaps you think that your past behavior will prevent you from being able to find God. Deuteronomy 4 puts that fear to rest. In that chapter God specifically tells the children of Israel that they will indeed forsake Him. Then in verses 29-31 God gives a beautiful reassurance, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the Lord your God and listen to His voice. For the Lord your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.” NASU (emphasis mine) You can find God. You are capable and He will allow it. God says you can find Him even after forsaking Him and rebelling against Him. God does, however, give some conditions. You must search with all your heart and all your soul. God reveals Himself as a compassionate God, who will not fail you.
Seeking God is the most important thing that any church member can do. If church members seek God, no great damage can be done to the church and the church will accomplish much in God’s name. If church members do not seek God, no great good will come to the church and the church will not accomplish much in the name of God. Maybe that is one reason God took such a strong stance in 2 Chronicles 15:12-13, “They entered into the covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and soul; and whoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman.” NASU ..…….…..firstname.lastname@example.org