Over the past number of months, the Elders have been prayerfully studying the matter of Women and Men in Ministry and Leadership (WMML) at Bethany Chapel. We invite you to join us on Sunday evening, January 27, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, when we will share important information about the Elder’s discernment to date. Also available will be relevant Biblical study material on the topic of WMML, and the report of the study group – struck by the Elders – that met over last summer to study this important matter.

Two weeks later, on the weekend of February 8–10, you will have opportunity to come with any questions you have regarding the Elders’ discernment, and the accompanying reports and Biblical study.

We are providing three separate opportunities so that your schedules may be accommodated. The WMML discussion times will be held in the Fellowship Room as follows:

  • Friday, February 8, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

  • Saturday, February 9, 9:30 - 11:00 AM (Childcare provided for this session).

  • Sunday, February 10, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Lead Pastor Search Committee Update

The Senior Pastor Search Committee has been prayerfully considering the qualifications and character of the pastor God is calling to Bethany. As we met, we discussed changing the title for this position from Senior Pastor to Lead Pastor. We felt that ‘senior’ is an indicator of age and suggests a hierarchical structure among the Pastoral Staff. We consider the word ‘lead’ to be less hierarchical and more reflective of the role they will play, as the Pastoral Staff works together as a team. It also describes the character of a pastor who, along with the Elders, will lead us in fulfilling our vision of Opening Doors to God’s Truth and Love. This adjustment in title, from Senior Pastor to Lead Pastor, was recently recommended by the SPSC to the Elders, who unanimously endorsed the proposal.

The Senior Pastor Search Committee will now be referred to as the Lead Pastor Search Committee (LPSC); our email address is lpsc@bethanychapel.com. Our previous email address will continue to remain active for a period of time. We sincerely value and invite your thoughts and responses to this change, as well as to the question: What are you looking for in our next Lead Pastor? Thank you for your ongoing commitment to pray for the future leadership of Bethany Chapel.