Colonial Heights is in the process of seeking who God has set aside to lead our church family as the next Senior Pastor. We would ask that you join us in searching God's will in this matter and commit to praying daily for the process and those involved. If you would like to submit a candidate for consideration, you may do that by using this link to email the Senior Pastor Search Team. Here are some specific ways our Team has requested that you pray.

 

Team Members

Bob Spriing, Chair
Lee Adams
Stephanie Brown
Beth Davis
Sam Devore
Rachel Jacobson
Ernest Sanders
Jimmy Stephenson
Ivery Wood
 

Prayer Points

  • That our prayers will not be hindered and that we experience the peace of God—Philippians 4:6-7
  • Wisdom to understand the Godly expectations for a senior pastor and discernment to identify the pastor God has for us—1 Timothy 3:1-7 and James 1:5-6
  • Faith to exercise Spiritual power to glorify God—Ephesians 3:14-21
  • Enhanced awareness of spiritual warfare and a hedge of protection from spiritual attacks—Ephesians 6:10-20
  • That Colonial Heights will be a light in our community and the world—Philippians 2:12-15
  • Unity as a team, being careful to pray for one another – Ephesians 4:1-7
  • Wisdom as we learn about each other – 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
  • Spiritual wisdom and discernment for the individual God is calling to be the under shepherd for Colonial Heights—Matthew 6:33, Philippians 4:19
  • That we can communicate effectively with each other as we establish trust and pursue God’s direction —Ephesians 4:29, Galatians 6:2, and Ecclesiastes 4:9-1

Scripture References

  • That our prayers will not be hindered and that we experience the peace of God—Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
 

  • Wisdom to understand the Godly expectations for a senior pastor and discernment to identify the pastor God has for us—1 Timothy 3:1-7 and James 1:5-6 

This saying is trustworthy: “If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work.” An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher,[b] not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy— one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil. Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil’s trap.

Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting. 
 

  • Faith to exercise Spiritual power to glorify God—Ephesians 3:14-21  

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. 16 I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, 17 and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, 19 and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

 

  • Enhanced awareness of spiritual warfare and a hedge of protection from spiritual attacks—Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. 12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 13 This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14 Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist,
righteousness like armor on your chest,15 and your feet sandaled with readiness
for the gospel of peace. 16 In every situation take the shield of faith,
and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word. 18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.
 

  • That Colonial Heights will be a light in our community and the world—Philippians 2:12-15

 12 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.
 

  • Unity as a team, being careful to pray for one another – Ephesians 4:1-7

Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope at your calling— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of the Messiah’s gift.
 

  • Wisdom as we learn about each other – 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13

11 Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you. 12 And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we also do for you. 13 May He make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. Amen.
 

  • Spiritual wisdom and discernment for the individual God is calling to be the under shepherd for Colonial Heights—Matthew 6:33, Philippians 4:19

Matthew 6:33 - But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 

Philippians 4:19 - And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 
 

  • That we can communicate effectively with each other as we establish trust and pursue God’s direction —Ephesians 4:29, Galatians 6:2, and Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Bible based principles for effective communication can address the basic needs that each of us has to feel valued, appreciated, heard, understood, and included.  These principles apply to all relationships including in the home with our spouse and with our children, at work with our coworkers, our employees and our bosses, at church, at school, and anywhere in the community.  As the search team our communication with each other will contribute to establishing trust to pursue God’s direction.
 

  • Let no unkind word...   Maintain or enhance selfesteem.

Ephesians 4:29. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
1 Thessalonians 5:11. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.
Romans 15:2. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
1 Corinthians 16:14. Do everything in love.
 

  • Listen and respond with empathy.

Ephesians 4:32. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Galatians 6:2. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Romans 12:10-12.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.   Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.
 

  • Ask for help and work as a team

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.  Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! …  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
 

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18