We have a new Associate Pastor
On August 17, 2014 Nathan Hiner (shown with his diploma from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) was voted in as the new Associate Pastor at Country Oaks Baptist Church. Congratulations Nathan!
Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Announcement
Senior Pastor Recap - On April 6, 2014, Pastor Walker announced his desire to step down as Senior Pastor and assume a roll as Pastor Emeritus. On that date we began the process of appointing a Pulpit Committee. The Pulpit Committee performed their work and made their recommendation to the Elder Board. We concurred with their recommendation and announced that recommendation to COBC’s membership for consideration and voting. On July13, 2014 the COBC members who voted concurred with our recommendation by a vote of 93% approval. After consideration of all the inputs and discussions, effective July 23, 2014, the Elder Board appointed Pastor Whitney as our new Senior Pastor.
Associate Pastor News - Our Church Constitution and Bylaws also require congregational input when hiring anyone to a pastoral position. This morning we would like to announce our recommendation to hire Nathan Hiner as an Associate Pastor. Nathan has been working here at COBC for nearly six years helping with Young Adult and Youth Ministries. He has completed his Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is ready to begin full time ministry in response to God’s call on his life.
Special Business Meeting - The Elders have called a Special Business Meeting on the evening of August 17, 2014 to hear from you again by ballot regarding hiring Nathan Hiner. If you are unavailable to participate by ballot on August 17, 2014 please drop by the church office to fill out an *Absentee Ballot. The results of the balloting will be announced the evening of August 17, 2014. We are excited about adding Nathan Hiner to our pastoral staff and we ask that you be in prayer for Nathan and Pastor Brent in these new roles here at COBC.
30 Days – According to the church bylaws, for 30 days the Board of Elders shall make known to the congregation the name of the pastoral candidate (Nathan Hiner). Should any member of COBC have reason based on fact as to why a candidate should not be appointed, the member should discuss the matter with the candidate according to Matthew 18:15-20. Bylaws are available in the church office.
*Absentee Ballots Summer is a busy time. Some of you will be traveling or on vacation when the vote for Associate Pastor is taken. Members may vote by absentee ballot. Ballots and the ballot box are now available in the church office and in the Worship Center on the following Sunday mornings: August 3, 10 & 17. Absentee ballots will be accepted in the church office through close of business on August 15, 2014.