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Lead Pastor Transition Update: Survey Highlights

Greetings, epikos!

On behalf of the Overseers and Staff, I want to express a heartfelt Happy Easter! As Resurrection Sunday approaches, our prayer is that this is a hope-filled week of remembrance and worship. If you are able, we hope you’ll join us for our Good Friday and Easter Sunday worship times.

Pastor Danny preached his final sermon as Lead Pastor of epikos on March 5th. On March 7th, a strong wind blew the “epikos” sign off of the East Side building. We don’t think God’s trying to communicate anything, but we’re keeping our spirits open to his leading :). Regardless, Danny and his family have begun to settle in Nashville. Please be praying for them in two ways: 1) That God would give them favor in building long-lasting friendships, and 2) That Stella, their eldest daughter, would have a smooth transition into her new school.

About a month ago, we sent out a survey seeking your feedback and perception about epikos and what qualities might characterize our next Lead Pastor. Thank you to all who took part in the survey! Here are some of the highlights:

  • The perception is that each campus reflects its surrounding community. That’s a testament to you! Keep engaging your neighbors with the gospel!
  • The perception is that each campus is involved in its surrounding community. This has been a point of emphasis over the past nine months and is only gaining momentum with many community partnerships launching this year.
  • For the most part, our children’s ministry is not what attracted people to epikos, but it is one of the top reasons for families coming back. Our Hero Central staff and volunteers are awesome! And they want you to join their team!
  • Those that are actively involved in a small group and/or are serving on a team have the strongest sense of belonging at epikos. That’s no surprise. Just continued proof of how much we want everyone to take those steps!

A friend recently asked me how things were going behind the scenes. I said, “Honestly, we’re good! We have disagreements. We have differing preferences. We have moments of anxiety and fear about the what-ifs. But at the end of the day, we also have strong unity, trust in each other, and faith in God that he will continue to be faithful as he has always been.” And my friend said, “And that’s how you know it’s good. The fruit of the Spirit is being produced.”

epikos, I have been a witness to the Overseers and Staff intentionally practicing and pursuing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). I have been amazed, thankful, energized, and hope-filled in watching the Spirit work throughout our leaders and this church. And I am asking you to actively participate by praying for the fruit of the Spirit to continue to made evident among us. May we all continue to trust the One who is Faithful.

In a few weeks, the Overseers will be communicating the specific steps forward, along with greater detail about the survey results. As always, contact myself, Gregg Bolt (Chair of the Overseers), or your Campus Pastor with anything related to the transition.

“He is risen!”
“He is risen, indeed!”

Caleb Smith, Executive Pastor

 

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