November 12, 2019

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Dear Bell Shoals Baptist Church family, After months of prayerful searching, your Senior Pastor Search Committee is immensely grateful to announce that God has graciously led us to the man that we unanimously recommend as the next Senior Pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church.  We are...

November 4, 2019

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I was heading into my kids’ school early last week when I received this text from a friend: “I know you’ve been following the FBC Naples pastor search. Did you see what happened? So sad…” Being on this search committee has compelled me to pray for other churches I...

October 28, 2019

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“There is one thing worse than failing before men and that is being successful in the things that don’t matter to God.” I was in college when I heard these words and wrote them down in the front flap of my Bible so that I wouldn’t forget them. I have read and reread them...

October 21, 2019

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There are two things I vividly remember about family road trips. The first is my dad’s genius Tetris-style arrangement of all the luggage in the trunk of the car and my mom’s warning to my brother and I to stay out of his way until he finished. Apparently, packing 10 bags into a...

October 14, 2019

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There I sat feeling very restless in a row of desks surrounded by sterile concrete block walls breathing in the all too familiar smell of paper, pencil shavings, and the mustiness of a school that could really use a few more windows, watching the second hand on the clock tick ahead way too...

October 7, 2019

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Last week, the following question was submitted to the committee: “Thank you for a great update. We will definitely be praying for God’s will. Are you considering having each pastor preach in our pulpit at all?” We thought this was a GREAT question and worth sharing, as others...

September 30, 2019

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We zoomed across the Golden Gate bridge in our rental car having experienced an incredible couple of days exploring San Francisco, but very ready to trade the congested sidewalks and streets of the city for the quiet, dusty trails nestled under the majestic canopy of California redwoods. Having...

September 23, 2019

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A couple of times a year my husband and I cash in rewards points and escape for a weekend to our favorite hotel. He jokes that my love language is high-end amenities and room service. He may not be wrong. What we love most about this hotel is the beach club that’s affiliated with it. This...

September 16, 2019

Posted by Aprile Sweers on

The greatest source of comfort for us throughout this entire search process has been the attributes of God. His sovereignty assures us that all the moving parts of this process – the resumes we receive, the timing in which we receive them, the wise counsel that comes our way, the...

September 9, 2019

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During our last meeting, we discussed the difficult tension of wanting to keep you informed while having to be very careful not stir up false hope or reveal information that could be damaging to the current ministry of potential candidates. For their sake, we simply cannot reveal specifics, not...

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