On December 31, 2016, after 25 years at Chesterfield Baptist and 40 years of pastoral service to the Lord, Pastor David Engleman retired . On January 1, 2017, we welcomed our intentional interim pastor, Dr. Dean Frazeur. Pastor Dean, alongside our church coach Dr. Jim Hamacher, will lead us through a year of transition.

This page has been added to help Chesterfield Baptist stay informed about the search for a new Lead Pastor and to guide their prayers during this time. As updates become available, they will be added with new information and requests.

Meet the Pastoral Search Committee

The Pastor Search Committee members have commenced the research process. We are so excited to be serving you and will be seeking God's guidance each step of the way. We are working as a committee with each member choosing a leadership role. The team members are listed below with the role they have chosen Please feel free to contact any member with questions or concerns or if you are excited and have an idea to share! We will continue to keep you informed throughout this process through the newsletter, weekly blast, announcements, and notes. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

 Doug Morris (Public Spokesperson)  dougandamymorris@comcast.net
 Mike Robinson (Prayer Warrior)  mikerobinson11@comcast.net
 Sherry McGrady (Secretary)  sherrymcgrady@yahoo.com
 Donna Stables (Convener)  dstables2014@gmail.com
 Jeff Osterbind (Pastor Search Veteran)  jeffosterbind@gmail.com
 Susan Brennan (Office Liaison)  youth@chesterfieldbc.org
 Kelly Rawllins (Church Coach Contact)  krawllins@gmail.com


UPDATE: JULY 10, 2016

At the regularly scheduled bi-monthly business meeting, the Nominating Committee presented the list of nominations for the Pastoral Search Committee. They are as follows: Sherry McGrady, Mike Robinson, Doug Morris, Donna Stables, and Kelly Rawllins. Alternates are Susan Brennan and Jeff Osterbind. Coming from committee, no second required. Vote to accept was unanimous.


UPDATE: JANUARY 15, 2017

Church Coach Report - Dr. James Hamacher; 804-239-0996; Jim@mdba.org

Meetings

It is a pleasure to begin this spiritual journey with Chesterfield Baptist Church.  It is an honor to serve you as Church Coach during this interim. 

You will want to know that Dr. Dean Frazeur, your interim pastor, and I are in frequent communication, and I am glad to see how we are working as a team to provide the best ministry possible to the fine people of Chesterfield.  In fact, we will be sharing the sermon on Sunday, January 22.  The Interim Search Committee is to be congratulated on choosing such a capable and dedicated minister to serve as intentional interim.  I have all the confidence in the world that he will do an outstanding job. 

Pastor Dean and I will begin to visit in the Sunday School classes on January 22.  The purpose of these short visits is simply to get acquainted with the congregation and, primarily, to listen to what the people have to say.  I am interested, and as church coach, it is important that I “listen” and not just “talk”.   Pastor Dean and I are here to serve and for that reason we want to do all we can to connect with the people.

Last fall, I met with the Pastor Search Committee and look forward to our next meeting together on January 19.  My first meeting with the Church Council was this past Thursday, and I was impressed at how much they already had planned for 2017.  Likewise, after attending the January Deacons’ meeting, I was very impressed with the commitment and involvement of your deacons.

Communication

  • If you ever have any questions, please call me at 804-239-0996, or email me at Jim@mdba.org day or night. Please do not hesitate.  
  • My reports to the church will be in the church’s newsletter, and they will also be posted on one of the hall bulletin boards. Watch for my yellow paper. I have asked that the reports also be available for you in the church foyer.  Stop by anytime and pick one up.  After reading it, stick it in your Bible as a reminder to pray for me. 
  • Also, information will be on the church’s website. A new page is being added to the site so you can get the very latest on what is happening in the Search Committee’s efforts. 

 


UPDATE: JANUARY 22, 2017

Transition Team

The Transition Team is one of the key groups with whom the Church Coach will work closely in accomplishing his responsibilities.   (The Transition Team is not the Pastor Search Team.)  Upon calling the Church Coach, the congregation made the wise choice to use a Transition Team. 

From January 22 – February 5, church members may prayerfully nominate up to five people to serve on the Team.  Ballots may be placed in the offering plate or in the ballot box in the fellowship hall or foyer.

Purpose and Responsibilities

The Transitional Team will guide the congregation in giving thought and prayer on how best to move forward the church’s ministry and prepare for its future under the direction of the new pastor.  Upon the arrival of the pastor, the formal work of the committee will conclude. During the interim, working with established ministries of the church, deacons, church council and other leaders, the Transition Team will help the church:

  1. Celebrate and reflect on the story of God’s blessing and providence in Chesterfield Baptist Church.
  2. Lead the church and its ministry leaders in assessing Chesterfield’s current strengths and challenges; and its organizational and leadership needs.
  3. Clarify and re-affirm the doctrinal and denominational heritage of the congregation.
  4. Focus all ministries to reflect the church’s unique mission, vision and values.

Composition

The team will be composed of up to nine (no alternates) of the most positive people who are spiritually passionate about the future toward which God is leading Chesterfield Baptist Church.  The Transition Team will be representative of the church’s diversity, including men and women, younger and older people.

Nomination and Election Process

The Transition Team will be nominated by the church from January 22 – February 5.  On Saturday, February 11, the deacons will review the list of all persons who have been nominated and suggest the order in which the individuals should be interviewed.  (Individuals who have been listed the most often will receive priority consideration.)  The Church Coach will interview nominees. Deacons will present the final slate of individuals to be voted on by the church in the March 12 business meeting.  The following Sunday they will be presented to the congregation in a time of blessing and dedication. 


UPDATE: MARCH 1, 2017

Church Coach Report - Dr. James Hamacher; 804-239-0996; Jim@mdba.org

Enjoying the Sunday School Visits

During the past few weeks, Pastor Dean and I have been visiting in the Sunday School classes. We wanted to get to know you a little more and wanted you to get to know us as well. I can speak for Dean, when I say we have truly enjoyed meeting you and hearing your concerns, dreams, and hopes. The visits have been a good time of fellowship. . 

Transition Team Conversations and Election

I have been very impressed with the persons the church has nominated to serve on the Transition Team. As I have had personal conversations with them I have noticed that, without exception, these people care deeply for Chesterfield and also fully realize the church must be willing to adapt to the challenge of moving forward into the future. Their concern is genuine and their attitude is positive – what more could you ask for! . 

At the March deacons’ meeting, I will present the names of the people who have indicated a willingness to serve. Then at the church business meeting on March 12, the deacons will present the Team for the church’s official election. I am anticipating that on March 18, the Team will be presented to the church for a time of blessing, as they begin their work.

Clarifying and re-affirming Chesterfield’s doctrinal and denominational heritage

In this age of significant doctrinal diversity, even in Baptist life, it is important that the perspective pastor, the Pastor Search Committee and the church have a clear understanding of the church’s current doctrinal positions and its denominational heritage. This subject is one of the four topics to which the Transitional Team will give attention and provide the congregation the opportunity to discuss and study. Given the timing of Easter this year, I anticipate that this topic will dealt with soon after Easter. . 

Search Committee

Working with Chesterfield’s Search Committee is a true delight. As you can imagine, there are different phases in the process of looking for a new pastor. This first phase is the preparation stage and involves a lot of prayer and work behind the scenes. I hope you read carefully this month’s report from the Search Committee to catch a glimpse of the progress they are making. . 


UPDATE: MARCH 5, 2017

Pastor Search Committee Report

The Pastor Search Committee met on February 21st. Coach Jim Hamacher continued training with the group, sharing information about “best” practices to follow. The search committee is currently working hard on the four tasks listed below. They will be consulting the BGAV for resource materials and work with the Deacons, Church staff and committees to accomplish these tasks. The committee covets your prayers during this process. Please feel free to contact any of the members with questions or to share a thought or idea. We meet again on March 21st. 

We are working on these four tasks:

  • Develop a Pastor compensation packet (salary, benefits, etc.)
  • Updating and preparing Pastor Job Description
  • Planning and developing a church survey
  • Preparing a list of questions to ask potential candidates

Coaches Corner, April 2017

Understanding the Ministry of the Search Committee and Transition Team

I felt a sense of well-deserved pride for you, the family of Chesterfield Baptist, when I saw the large number of people who stood before you for the dedication emphasis during last Sunday’s worship service. I have come to know and deeply appreciate each of these people you have chosen to serve on the Search Committee and Transition Team. I’m very impressed with each of them! Through personal interviews and conversations, I know that each of these individuals is not only a respected member of the church but is a person who has a passion to see Chesterfield reach its full potential.

You may want to know how the Search Committee and Transition Team will work with each other. Let me explain.

In most ways, they are independent of each other. Simply put, the Search Committee focuses on locating the pastor God is calling to Chesterfield. The Transition Team operates behind the scenes and works on the organizational aspects of the church before the new pastor arrives. The reason for focusing on the organization is that periodically every church needs to review where it is headed and what matters need to be addressed so that:

  1. The church is fully prepared for the leadership of the new pastor.
  2. What adjustments need to be made so that all aspects of the church’s life and ministry are as effective and impactful as is possible.

Having noted the independence of the Transition Team and the Search Committee, let me also say that there certainly are places where the work of the two groups intersect. Here are two:

  1. Reaffirmation of Chesterfield’s Doctrine and Denominational Heritage

Over the years, Chesterfield has developed a common understanding and consensus on significant areas of doctrine and denominational connections with such groups as the Southern Baptist Convention, Virginia Baptists, and Middle District. The Transition Team will help the church reaffirm and better understand the ministry of these groups and also reconfirm its basic statement of faith.

This reaffirmation process that is led by the Transition Team will help the Search Committee understand which ministerial candidates would not be a good fit for Chesterfield.

  1. Focus all ministries to reflect the church’s unique mission, vision and values.

As the Transition Team leads the church to clarify and focus on its mission, vision and values, this will not only help the church to become more effective but the information that is gleaned during this process will be used by the Search Committee to discern which pastoral candidate best fits Chesterfield’s DNA: its vision, mission and values.

Pastor Frazeur is rightly and wisely leading the church to focus on prayer and to ask the question, “What does God want for Chesterfield, not what do I want?” Both the Search Committee and the Transition Team are doing this also. Please be in prayer for these people as they serve you, the church, and our Lord.

It is an honor and blessing to serve alongside of you as your church coach.

Jim Hamacher


Church Coach’s Report – May 2017

Upcoming Survey’s and Conversation with the Church Coach

By Jim Hamacher

 

The Search Committee and Transition Team continue to make good progress. Some of the progress is obvious to the congregation, but much of it is not because so much of their work is behind the scenes.

Soon the Search Committee will invite the whole congregation to complete a survey regarding preferences and attributes of the future minister. Later in the month, the church leadership (deacons, committee members, Sunday School teachers, choir members and other elected members) will be asked to take two computerized surveys: one will deal with the church’s ability to deal with change and the other is a ministry assessment instrument. These three surveys are examples of important work that is going on behind the scenes.

The Transition Team met at my house in April for its orientation session. It was a good start and each of the twelve members was assigned to one of four subgroups. During the May 21st business meeting, the first “Conversation with the Church Coach” will take place and will deal with Chesterfield’s Denominational Heritage and Doctrinal Distinctives. The goal is to have the Transition Team subgroup that deals with these topics lead the congregation to affirm its current theological distinctives. This affirmation will provide the Search Committee a firm handle on the doctrinal perspectives that the future minister must have to effectively minister in and with the people of Chesterfield Baptist Church.

Continue to be in prayer for the work of Search Committee and Transition Team. Each of these individuals who serve on these groups are committed to Chesterfield and the Lord! On their behalf, I ask you to pray for wisdom and discernment that comes from the Spirit’s leadership.

As the work of these two teams become more involved, please do not hesitate to ask me any question regarding the scope and details of their work. You may call me at 804-239-0996 or email me at: Jim@mdba.org.

Coaching Question for May

Does Chesterfield Baptist Church need more members or missionaries?


Coach’s Report – June

The Pastoral Profile survey that the congregation completed in May is now being studied by the search committee. Soon, in June, the committee will share results with the church.

Transition Team

Below is an overview of the work of the Transition Team’s four sub-groups:

  1. Celebrate and reflect on the story of God’s blessing and providence in Chesterfield Baptist Church.

This subgroup is planning a church-wide, Friday evening event in July for this very purpose.

  1. Reaffirm Chesterfield’s Doctrine and Denominational Heritage.

In the May 21 business meeting this group gave a report that led the church to re-affirm its current theological beliefs and mission connections. The full report is available on the table in the church foyer. They have also invited the Executive Director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia to preach on Sunday, August 27.

  1. Guide the church and its ministry leaders in assessing Chesterfield’s current strengths and challenges, and its organizational and leadership needs.

During the months of June and July this sub-group will be asking church leaders to complete two surveys: one that will assess the church’s readiness for change and the other will assess the various ministries of the church. The results of these surveys will be shared with the church in an attempt to strengthen the overall ministries of Chesterfield in the long term and as we begin to think toward fall planning.

This group has also begun to discuss areas in which the formal organization of the church might be strengthened through finding more effective ways to organize ministry and to make those changes formalized through the changing of areas of the constitution. These discussions will ultimately lead to church-wide conversations and decisions.

  1. Focus all ministries to reflect the church’s unique mission, vision and values.

In May, this group began to meet and is discussing what words and concepts would best express where God might be leading Chesterfield in order to reach its full potential. The intent of this group is to have these discussions within the sub-group, then with the whole Transition Team, and then with others in the church.

In recent conversations with different groups, I am glad to see how the church is continuing to show signs of health and the spirit toward the future is positive. It truly is an honor to work with you. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me personally: Jim@mdba.org or 804-276-8481.


Pastor Search Committee Report ( June 2017 )

The Pastor Search Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the recent Congregational Survey. We appreciate your prayers and input and we want to share the information with you as we rely on God’s leadership in our research. The results from the survey are as follows:

In the short answer section from the front page of the survey you shared that your preference for a Pastor would be for someone who is between the ages of 30-59; married or widowed ; and having at least 6-10 years of previous pastoral experience. Priorities in Pastoral care included counseling; visiting; sermon preparation; prayer/ Bible study. Preaching style would be based on engaging personal/ relational issues; textual /scripture; and challenging /appealing for action/change issues.

In the “About You “section from the back of the survey the data shared revealed that our fellowship is faithful! The majority have been attending our church for 10 years or more; participates in 4 or more services/activities a month; is over 50; and the majority who responded do not have young children living at home. There were more female than male members who completed surveys.

It would take too long to share all the wonderful comments and suggestions you shared in the long answer section, however we have shared these in written form on a hand-out you may pick up in the foyer on the table, or by clicking on the link here. We have shared all data with you in the handout. We thank you for sharing your dreams and thoughts about the future and where you feel God is leading us!

All of this information will help the Pastor Search Committee as they seek the church and God’s guidance and continue to work to prepare for the person who God will call to be the next Pastor of Chesterfield Baptist Church.

Love in Christ,

Pastor Search Committee: Doug Morris, Susan Brennan, Jeff Osterbind,

Mike Robinson, Donna Stables, Sherry McGrady, and Kelly Rawllins .


Church Coach Report

July 9, 2017 Business Meeting

By Jim Hamacher: Jim@mdba.org; 804-276-8481

 

Two Surveys for Church Leadership

As of Thursday, July 6, the completion rate from Chesterfield’s leadership regarding the two surveys has not been as strong as is needed. Only 10 people completed the Ministry Evaluation survey and 13 had completed the Change survey.

Denomination and Doctrine Sub Group of Transition Team

This subgroup of the Transition Team has completed most of its work. The last part of its function will be on August 27 when Dr. John Upton will preach in the morning worship service. John is the Executive Director of Virginia Baptists and is a very captivating speaker. You will be blessed by hearing him. Not only will you learn more about how Virginia Baptists are good stewards of your mission gifts but you will hear a very challenging sermon.

Heritage and History Sub Group of the Transition Team

This group invites the whole church a special Celebration on Friday, July 21. The event will include good fun, good food, and provide good insights into God’s providence, guidance, and blessing of Chesterfield over the years.

Ministry Evaluation Group

This group also deals with bylaws and constitution and is studying what other churches have done to improve the overall effectiveness of the church’s organization. As soon as possible, this subgroup will have interviews and discussions with leaders from some of these other churches. Their goal is to discover an improved infrastructure models that might work for Chesterfield. The results of these discussions will be shared with the whole Transition Team and then with the whole congregation.

Mission, Vision and Values Subgroup

This group has met and is discussing the values that Chesterfield now demonstrates in its life and ministry and if there are a two or three key “aspirational values” that the church should strive to incorporate so that it more readily reach its full kingdom potential. Soon they will lead the Transition Team in similar conversations that will ultimately lead to church-wide conversations.

The Search Committee

Finishing updating the current pastor job description is one of the two priorities of the committee. They are also completing their salary and benefits study and will soon be discussing this with the appropriate church committees. The goal is to enable them to have accurate conversations with the pastoral candidates that can reflect the range of salary that the church and candidate can prayerfully consider. Upon completion of these two tasks, I anticipate the committee will begin to post and receive resumes.

 

 


 

Address: 16520 Hull Street Road, Moseley, VA 23120 | Phone: (804) 739-2197 | Email: office@chesterfieldbc.org

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