Pastoral Update

As you are most likely aware, Rev. Jeff Peterson has been elected to serve as Senior Pastor of Central Assembly. Pastor Jeff will be installed by our former Pastor, Dr. Jim Bradford, on Sunday, May 16, in both morning services (9:00 and 10:30). The entire Peterson family will join him for these special services. We invite you to celebrate with us!

For more information and Pastor Peterson’s full bio, visit: http://www.centralassembly.org/jeffpeterson

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Central Assembly’s New Senior Pastor

Over the past year the Central Assembly family has been in prayer, seeking God’s direction for a senior pastor . . . a shepherd . . . one specifically chosen for our congregation. In the providence of God, He has chosen such a person. On Sunday night, March 28, 2010, Rev. Jeff Peterson was strongly elected to serve the congregation of Central Assembly.

For almost 18 years, Jeff has been the senior pastor of Red Mountain Christian Center in Mesa, Arizona. Under his leadership, the church has experienced significant growth, reaching out to the lost, both locally and globally. Red Mountain is a body of believers that desires to bring glory to God in worship, prayer and daily living in an authentic, scripturally balanced manner.

As we have journeyed the road of losing a beloved pastor, the Central congregation is praying for the Red Mountain family as they begin their search for a new shepherd. We know God orders our steps and time is in His hands.

Jeff and Carla Peterson were both born in Chicago, where Jeff’s dad was a pastor. However, they didn’t meet until almost 20 years later. Jeff attended Central Bible College, graduating in 1983. He moved to the Phoenix area and began working with Tommy Barnett at Phoenix First Assembly, where he stayed until 1992. During his tenure, he served as youth pastor, then college pastor. Carla’s family moved to Phoenix in the ‘70’s. Carla’s mom wanted her to meet the “new youth pastor” at Phoenix First Assembly. It was soon evident that Jeff and Carla were meant to be together.

In August 1992, Jeff Peterson became the Senior Pastor of Red Mountain Christian Center in Mesa, Arizona. For almost 18 years, RMCC has experienced significant growth and expansion of ministries.

Jeff’s dad, who served as district superintendent of Kansas for many years, modeled strong godly leadership qualities for his son. Jeff is active in district work and has served as sectional presbyter, member of the World and Home Missions Committees, and has participated on the American Indian College Board of Directors. He currently represents the Arizona District as General Presbyter, in addition to his pastoral ministry.

Jeff and his wife, Carla, have been married 25 years and have 3 beautiful daughters. Whitney (21), is newly married to Caleb Williams and is completing her B.A. in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University. Mikaela (19), is in her first year at the James River Leadership College. Aubrey (17), is a junior at Highland High School.

Jeff is passionate about seeing life-change in people of all ages and backgrounds. He lives a lifestyle of worship, loves the Word of God, revels in the expansion of Kingdom work through missions, and believes authenticity and a missional-focus are keys to effectiveness for today’s church.

Some of Jeff’s sermons can be accessed on the RMCC website: www.redmountain.cc

We are ever grateful to the Lord for sending us His very special gift . . . Pastor Jeff and Carla Peterson!

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Central Food Pantry Featured

Over the past few years God has been leading Central Assembly to an even greater involvement in its surrounding community. As a result of outreach ministries such as Adopt A Block, Oil Change for Single Moms, SPIN (Pipkin Middle school program), Weaver All Stars, Boyd Lunch Buddies, and the Food Pantry, God has blessed many through the generous volunteers of Central.

It was a joy to also see others paying tribute to the hard work of our volunteers. Dar Matrone was recently featured by the Assemblies of God for her efforts in leading Central’s Food Pantry. You can see the whole video entitled, “Moved by the Spirit,” online at http://www.holyspirit.ag.org/movies/movie-flash-2010.cfm

We are grateful for our many outstanding leaders and volunteers who so willingly share their love for others, led by the Spirit, so that Central’s outreach ministries will continue to have such a strong impact here in Springfield, and around the world.

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Search Committee Update

March is a great month for the Central Assembly family.  On Sunday, March 14, the deacon board will be making a very important announcement concerning a pastoral candidate.  We ask that you keep the candidate and his family in prayer.

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Search Committee Update

The search committee is narrowing down the short list of names for potential pastoral candidates and continues to make site visits. We covet your prayers as our search becomes more focused on a few individuals.

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Search Committee Update

Central’s search committee has made two visits to other churches scouting perspective candidates. We have additional visits planned during the month of January. Please continue to hold the pastoral search process in your prayers.

Also, if you would like to contact the search committee, please feel free to use this contact page for connection. We are open to feedback and conversation during this process.

Sincerely,

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Sunday Morning Search Committee Update

•    It is the desire of the search committee to communicate the process of the pastoral search with the congregation.

•    It is the desire of the search committee to hear from the congregation.

We are working on several ways that together, we might enhance the communication process:

  1. The search committee has been expanded by five members. In addition to the board of deacons, we have included Jerry Spain, Jeff Burnett, Mike Clark, Melissa Pulis and Charity Reeb.
  2. Our first combined meeting was held last Thursday (November 18)
  3. The additional committee members were chosen from a list of about 50 names submitted by the pastoral staff and Sunday School teachers.
  4. Search committee members will be visiting all Sunday School classes, starting today, to elicit information about how the search process can be improved and enhanced. There will be additional opportunities for the conversation to continue face to face, as well as through e-mail and blog.
  5. The search committee commits to updating the congregation about the process of the search.
  • Once a month, a committee member will make a report on a Sunday morning.
  • Following each meeting, about twice a month, there will be an update in the bulletin

Please know that these will not be exciting, riveting reports! There is a lot of what I call “slogging” that goes on in this process, so we will essentially be sharing how much ground we’ve “slogged through” over the past couple of weeks.

You, the congregation, are a vital part of this process. We ask of you

  • Prayer – prayer is a lifeline we need always, but we’re acutely aware of our need for both sustenance and direction at this time. If you are not on the prayer clock and are willing to commit to a prayer time, please leave your name and time period at the information desk
  • Patience – this is a winding path we are on. There are times when something appears to be working out, then quickly turns another direction. As you read and hear the updates, do not be overly excited or dismayed. When you’re tempted to lose hope, let the Word of God and prayer sustain you, and be cautious of the buzz that is ever-present in this process. Know that we are diligently persevering until we reach our goal.
  • Openness – Open hearts, spirits, minds – let’s look around and see who we are; embrace the variety of souls God has brought together under one roof. Make space for those we do not know. Let’s allow God to stretch us in our personal lives – in hospitality and friendship to others. Let’s look for opportunities to serve…and serve with gladness and joy. Let the body be strong in the power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – “for from him and through him and to him are all things; to him be the glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:36)

 

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