In Fall of 2018, Pastor Mike Northcutt announced his retirement to the church along with the fact that he will continue to serve until a new pastor is called. A team was nominated to fill this task.
Below you’ll find resources and information about the process and important dates. Feel free to check back often as any news that needs to be shared with the congregation will be posted here.
News from the Team
On January 17th, Eastmont’s Pastor Search committee met with Bro. Mike Jackson from the Alabama State Board of Missions (ALSBOM) for over two hours. He is the resource there who works with Alabama Baptist churches in pastoral transitions. He shared a wealth of information that he has gained over many years of assisting churches in searching for a pastor.
While the qualifications for a pastor are clearly described in scripture, especially in the New Testament books we are reading, studying, and praying over together, specific tasks and responsibilities can vary from congregation to congregation. The committee is currently developing a job description for the new pastor that is Eastmont specific. This will be used when the time comes to begin gathering resumes.
We are grateful to Eastmont ministers, Cleve Mallory, Art Long, and Gene Kim for agreeing to record a brief video each week of January, February, and March, summarizing the books of I & II Timothy and Titus. These videos will help us as a congregation to better understand the Apostle Paul’s teachings about the responsibilities of pastors. Currently, these videos are available on FaceBook, and the most recent one along with links to past ones is found on the pastor search page of Eastmont.org.
The committee has published a prayer guide that was included in the order of worship several weeks ago. That guide is still available from the church office. We will publish a fasting guide soon. You can also download this guide on the pastor search page.
The committee, which meets at least weekly, is composed of Cindy Pitts, Courtney Corum, Brian Clements, Travis Jordan, David Seay, Jerry Short, and chairman, Brian Key. Please continue to pray for us.
We will report our progress and prayer needs on a regular basis through the Encourager, the new Eastmont website, and other methods.
The Eastmont Pastor Search Committee that was approved by the church at the regularly scheduled business meeting on Wednesday, November 28th, has already had a couple of meetings. That committee is composed of Cindy Pitts, Courtney Corum, Brian Clements, Travis Jordan, David Seay, Jerry Short, and chairman, Brian Key. We have established regular weekly meeting time, and a ‘backup’ meeting time when scheduling conflicts arise.
We take Eastmont’s confidence in us very seriously and have committed to regular prayer, Bible study, and fasting. We invite all who are willing to join us in praying for us to recognize God’s will in this very serious matter. We also invite everyone to join us in reading and studying the New Testament books of I and II Timothy, and Titus, which focus on the Apostle Paul’s instruction to young pastors. We will be sharing a guide to studying these books in the near future. Finally, we encourage all who are medically able, to join us in periodic fasting. We will soon share guidelines about that, as well.
We also will be soliciting input from Eastmont members soon, in an organized manner, in order to better understand, as much as possible, who Eastmont is, and who we need to become. We will report our progress and prayer needs on a regular basis through the Encourager and other methods.
We want to thank you for your continued prayers, support and encouragement. We would like to share with you a guide to help you study the New Testament books of I and II Timothy, and Titus. This guide will help you study scripture and pray along with us now through March 2019.
We also will be sharing a guide to assist those who are medically able, to join us at periodic fasting.
We are looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for Eastmont.
For the month of February, we turn our focus to the book of 2 Timothy. Listen in as our associate pastor, Art Long provides insight into this month’s Scripture.
Each week the most recent will be posted below and on our Facebook page.