Leadership Updates

In order to provide up-to-date information regarding leadership decisions through the process of hiring a lead pastor, we will post updates to this page.

Lead Pastor Search

Your prayers through this process have been evident and we have seen God speak clearly to both our search team and our candidates. We ask that you continue to pray that God will provide the leader he has chosen to join us at First Christian.

October 11, 2020

August 23, 2020

We want to update you on the lead pastor search. We’ve been praying hard for God to provide a leader whose heartbeat is for those in our city who don’t know Jesus and who deeply loves the church. We’ve been blessed to receive 14 resumes from quality men who love the mission of Jesus. We had a first round of interviews with 6 of them whom we identified as a potential fit, as well as a second round of conversations with two of those men. We’re currently pursuing a third round with one of those men. 

These levels of conversations are critical to help us identify who the right leader is for First Christian. Our team has been praying with you that God would make known the man He has prepared. We’re asking you to continue to pray for wisdom and discernment for our search team in these next few weeks as we continue to explore these relationships. 

August 2, 2020

Our elder team began the search process for our new Lead Pastor at the beginning of May. Since then, we’ve received numerous applications and we’re currently reviewing several of those candidates. Our search team is made up of our elder team along with two church members, Mark Miller and Suzanne Nocita. Our executive pastor, Matt Bortmess, is also assisting the team. 


As we continue to have conversations and review the applications, we’re praying hard through this whole process, and we’d love for you to be praying along with us. We’re asking God to bring someone who has a deep love for God and his kingdom, pursues God through the Bible and prayer, will serve and lead his church, and love our city and those in it who need the hope of Jesus.


We’ll continue to share updates moving forward. We love you and are grateful to be pursuing Jesus’ mission with you.

Proposed Bylaw Amendment

August 23, 2020

We wanted to give an update on the affirmation vote of our amended and restated bylaws. As announced on Sunday morning, August 23, our members who were able to participate in the special meeting on Sunday, August 16, strongly affirmed those bylaws. There were 118 ballots cast and the recommendation received an 87.3% affirmation, and, as of August 16, we began operating under these new bylaws. The elders appreciate your support as we move forward in this next chapter of the life of FCC. 

August 10, 2020

Our elders have proposed amended and restated bylaws for First Christian. In order to best explain what the shifts and changes are to those bylaws, they have provided a brief explanation available below.

A vote on the proposed bylaws will take place at the end of our 10:00 am service this Sunday, August 16. Members over 18 are able to vote. You are not able to vote by proxy. 

August 2, 2020

August 2, 2020

In order to realign our bylaws with current state standards and make needed updates to better reflect the leadership structure of the early church, our elders are proposing some amendments to our current set of bylaws.

If you have questions or would like a copy of the bylaws, email our elders at elders@firstchristiancb.org.

Church Leadership Session

On July 18 and 19, we hosted a Church Leadership Session with Dr. Gary Johnson. He walked through how the church was structured in the book of Acts and what we can learn from it today. Our elders also presented needed changes to the bylaws of the church.

You can watch the presentation in its entirety below. If you have questions or would like a copy of the bylaws, email our elders at elders@firstchristiancb.org.

Church Leadership Session