Outline of report shared by the elders in both Sunday AM Services.
- The elders have continued to meet, pray, and make important decisions regarding the lead minister position and the future structure of staff at Tyro.
- We have been blessed with good preaching during the transition and anticipate that God will continue to meet our needs in this area throughout the process regardless of how long it takes.
- The elders have finalized the job description and are in the final stages of salary/benefit structures.
- The elders have reached out to an extensive network of contacts throughout the region and obtained over 30 possible candidates.
- The elders are watching sermons of each prospective candidate and conducting an initial “pre-evaluation” of how we feel they would fit with Tyro measured against the qualities that have already been defined.
- During our next meeting we will begin narrowing down a list of candidates based on this process. At that point we will begin to reach out to prospective candidates to make initial contacts. We don’t know how many of them will have interest or will be feasible options. We will begin scheduling interviews when we feel that God has led us to this point. This will most likely lead to the shift from preparation to active recruitment phase.
- We continue to ask for prayers. We want God to lead us and give us a clear path. We continue to ask for patience and to allow a thorough and purposeful process to yield the best possible candidate to serve in the lead minister position at Tyro.
For those who were not in attendance on April 29th, this is a condensed version of Nathan Boldt’s announcement:
My wife and I come up here today to announce to you that we have recently chosen to begin a ministry in the Houston, Texas area. Specifically Katy, Texas. We are going to plant a church there from scratch.
HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT: This has been something we have bathed in prayer, sought counsel about from many people we trust. We even went through an intense four day assessment in which a panel of nine people assessed our lives/personalities/gifts/weaknesses on whether we were built for planting a church.
More importantly, this decision has involved God working on our hearts to do this, to the point where if we did not go we would have felt a restlessness by saying “no.” We believe we are simply obeying God’s leading in this. In short, this decision has not been made lightly.
CLARIFICATION: While it’s quite obvious to us we are following God’s call, this has still been extremely difficult. We love this church. Things are going well, people who do not know the Lord are coming, and entering into a relationship with God To be honest, this would have been easier if things were not going well here.
We love this church. You’ve been such encouragers to my family and I. We will never forget that. And we are always rooting for you!
We love the eldership. When I informed them a couple Monday night’s ago, they were sad yet extremely supportive. There is no way for me to verbalize how impressed I am with the nine men who serve as our elders. I see what situations they have to address, and I see the information they work with, the manner of grace they give these situations. I am continually amazed by them. I believe you ought to be as well.
We are not leaving for a fatter salary. We are not leaving for a larger church. (We are going to a church of zero currently.) We are not leaving for something more comfortable. This is quite risky. As a matter of fact, this is not really about leaving, this is about going. It’s about the great commission. To go, make disciples… And if I have 40 days left on this earth or 40 years left, that’s what I plan on doing with them: Bring people to Jesus.
TIMELINE: To give you as much information as possible, here is our timeline, here is what this means for you. I will preach through the rest of May, and my last Sunday to preach will be Memorial Day weekend, May 27th. I will work here through June, but not be here on Sunday’s. There is work I have to do to get the church plant off the ground. Officially, we will probably go to Houston sometime in early July.
Starting in June, TCC will have an interim preacher, Bob Witte, he spoke here 3 Sundays ago, he works at OCC. He did an outstanding job, and I don’t think you’ll miss a beat from the pulpit, and will be a huge blessing. He has already committed for the Sundays in June, July and August, minus 3 Sundays he had previous commitments.
After June, Myron Klesner will handle the daily decisions around the office, and again, I have worked closely with him and the church won’t miss a beat there either.
My excitement for the future of this church is not less today, it’s as high as it’s ever been. That’s because I know that this church is made up of a bunch of faithful believers who are here not because of the messenger, but because of the message.
And the message is always and will always be Jesus.
I’d like to close with a verse, one I truly believe:
Lamentations 3: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Side note: An interim preacher is not the permanent preacher. He will fill the pulpit until the leadership selects the new full-time preacher.
Video of April 29th Update