Discipleship Pastor Search UPDATE


I apologize that I have not posted anything sooner. As we prayed and read over the questionnaires we narrowed our search to six candidates. Those whom we did not move forward with were emailed and thanked for their responses.

As we interviewed the remaining candidates, it became clear to our committee that one of those young men was the one we knew God was calling to work alongside us here. We contacted those we interviewed by phone to inform them of our decision. I will admit making those types of phone calls are the part of my job I hate the most. I know they are difficult to receive as well. I have been there many times.

At this time I will not post the young man's name because he is currently serving in a church. We have several steps we still need to work through before we bring him in view of a call, and we will inform the church when we are prepared for that step. Please continue to pray for our committee, the church, and the candidate and his family as we are winding down this part of the process.


Over the past few months, we have received hundreds of worthy resumes. It was obvious as we read through them that many would be qualified to serve here alongside us at BHBC. At this point, our committee has completed the step of sifting through the resumes to 20 candidates that we are working to learn more about. Each of those received a questionnaire this week via email.

Unfortunately, this means that many candidates who have been interested in our search will not be able to move forward in the search process. Honestly, this part of the process is hard. I know many of you desire to serve the Lord, and we believe that God has a place for you. I have been in your shoes more times than I can count, and it can often be disappointing, disheartening, and feel like rejection. I hope you remember that we are seeking the Lord to discover whom God has for us. Therefore, it means you are the person God has chosen for another opportunity.


After we review the questionnaires, we will interview 3-5 candidates. Our hope is to begin that part of our search later in May. Thank you for your prayers as we continue to seek the Lord's will in who He desires to serve here with us.


Mark Smith, Pastor of BHBC Chattanooga



Over the past month, we have received well over 200 resumes. I know many of those who submitted a resume are wondering where we are in our process and if they are still being considered as a candidate. At this point, we are still working through those resumes and trying to narrow them down to a smaller number. My hope is that within the next few weeks we will be reaching out to those candidates we believe God is leading us to take the next step with. Please continue to pray for us as we are seeking the Lord’s will in who He desires to serve along with us here at BHBC.


Welcome to the search for BHBC Discipleship Pastor. We will be collecting resumes through
March 31, 2021. Our goal with this page is to keep both our church family and potential candidates informed of where we are in the process. We have already begun praying that God will direct us to the person He has for this position. I hope you will join us in praying for clarity, wisdom, and discernment throughout this process. If you have not submitted a resume and would like to, you can email it to discipleshippastor@brainerdhills.com. If you would like to see the job description, please click here.

Our discipleship pastor search committee has met several times in the past month. We have spent our time implementing our process, evaluating the needs of our church and community, listing qualities we desire in a discipleship pastor, meeting with Sunday School teachers to hear their feedback, and doing lots of praying. These things take time, and we want to make sure we are never behind or in front of what God is doing. The following is our plan, but we also understand that sometimes God intervenes and does things differently than our plan. As a committee, we are open to any step in this process God may change along the way. Here are the steps we are planning on taking:

·       Collect resumes (last day for resumes will be March 31, 2021)

·       Evaluate resumes

·       Narrow search to 10-15 candidates

·       Candidates will respond to a questionnaire

·       Narrow search to 3-5 candidates

·       1st Skype interview

·       Theological interview with pastor

·       Narrow search to 1 candidate

·       2nd Skype interview

·       Present candidate to church (this will include an entire weekend with scheduled activities)

As always, we invite you to be in prayer with us as we seek God’s will in this matter.