It is so much fun to get invitations in the mail. I remember as a little girl being so excited when someone invited ME to their party! I felt included and even special. Well... yesterday we get an invitation, but it didn't come in the mail! Yesterday morning the head of the search committee at the Southern WI church called our house and Brandon was INVITED TO CANDIDATE for the Senior Pastor position. For those of you who might not be familiar with the hiring processes of the Evangelical Free Church, an invitation to candidate is a HUGE deal. After questionnaires, phone interviews, face to face interviews, hearing Brandon preach, more interviews, checking references, the search committee elder and board approval Brandon was THE man invited to be THE candidate for Sr. Pastor. We are so thrilled. Thank you so much for EACH prayer. Truly God has been working in so many ways! Thank you for praying without specifics and trusting God with the results. He is up to something big! Oh Lord, may you be glorified in this process. May we boast only in You, our Provider and Friend Amen!!!
So Shelly what does it mean to candidate?? (in case you were wondering)
We will head to the church for a Thursday -Sunday weekend filled with opportunities to meet people and have them ask us questions on pretty much whatever they want. The weekend ends with Brandon preaching at the Sunday services and the the congregation will vote on whether to approve him or not that afternoon. When we get closer to the event I will put up major lists of specific prayer requests, but for now just pray for Brandon as he begins to prepare the message!
Summing things up with a wedding analogy...
The church proposed now we are going to get the parents approval and hopefully it will be a match. If we are approved Brandon will begin duties on August 17th. God is so faithful dear friends!!!
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