Pastoral Search

Matthew 7:7-8

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Sarasota Baptist has been blessed for almost 25 years to have Dr. Mike Landry as our Lead Pastor. As he is retiring at the end of this year, we are beginning the journey to find and follow God's will in calling a new Lead Pastor. The first step of this journey is to pray, and Pastor Mike is calling the church to a season of prayer.

He has prepared a 60-day prayer guide and would like for each person to have one. These are available on our website, or you can pick up a printed version at the church office or at the Welcome Desk following each worship service.
 
During these 60 days, we will receive nominations for our search team. At the end of the 60 days of prayer, the deacons of our church will consider all committee nominations received, and they have the responsibility of naming the search committee to serve in this vital role.

Please pray for the selection process and preparation of our church family's hearts during this time. Once selected, the search committee will provide updates through this page as well as other methods.
 
Thank you for your faithfulness in praying and for your commitment to the growth and ministry of Sarasota Baptist Church.

Lead Pastor Search Committee Nominations

Members of Sarasota Baptist Church can nominate other members or self nominate in order to serve on the church search committee.
The qualifications for serving on the search committee, as spelled out in the Sarasota Baptist By-Laws and listed in the nomination form

60 Days of Prayer

Dear Church Family,

I’m so glad you are participating in our church’s call to 60 Days of Prayer. I look forward to seeing what God will do in us as we pray for and seek to meet God’s conditions for spiritual revival. I also believe this will prepare us for the next Lead Pastor of Sarasota Baptist Church. We need to be ready when our new pastor presents his vision for ministry. I believe it will not only affect each one of us personally but also our Community, Nation and World. That is because God’s ways are always higher than our ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. -Isaiah 55:9 (NASB) Prayer is the beginning point. It reflects a dependence upon God and creates an expectancy for the miraculous. Fasten your seat belt. The next 60 days are going to be amazing.

-Pastor Mike
ONE LAST THING BEFORE YOU BEGIN With so many important things to pray about, what is the most important? Jesus said, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but to lose his own soul?” He is highlighting the much greater need - your personal spiritual condition. It’s far more important that you have a redeemed relationship with God than a more comfortable or convenient life. We are all born separated from God because of our sin. Our sin alienates us from God and prevents us from experiencing forgiveness and eternal life. Therefore, the greatest prayer we could pray would be the one that deals with our sin problem…the one that would restore our broken relationship with God. Jesus Christ died on a cruel cross to pay the debt of our sin. He was resurrected from the dead three days later and now offers us a new life. This offer has been made and awaits your response. Have you prayed and told Him you accept His offer? He is waiting for you to confess your sin and turn to Him and “call upon the name of the Lord.” This is the greatest prayer of all. It changes everything. If you’ve not yet prayed this prayer, stop everything and do it now. Once you’ve prayed this prayer you will be ready to begin the journey of prayer as prescribed in this 60 Days of Prayer Devotional Guide.
HOW TO USE THE PRAYER GUIDE This guide has been arranged in a way to help you to stay focused during your time of prayer. To begin with, each day has a prayer theme with Biblical texts. I encourage you to take some time to allow the Holy Spirit to use these verses to prepare your heart and mind; to hear from Him during this devotional time. Read and meditate on these passages from God’s Word and expect to be changed.
HOW TO USE THE PRAYER GUIDE This guide has been arranged in a way to help you to stay focused during your time of prayer. To begin with, each day has a prayer theme with Biblical texts. I encourage you to take some time to allow the Holy Spirit to use these verses to prepare your heart and mind; to hear from Him during this devotional time. Read and meditate on these passages from God’s Word and expect to be changed.
HOW TO USE THE PRAYER GUIDE This guide has been arranged in a way to help you to stay focused during your time of prayer. To begin with, each day has a prayer theme with Biblical texts. I encourage you to take some time to allow the Holy Spirit to use these verses to prepare your heart and mind; to hear from Him during this devotional time. Read and meditate on these passages from God’s Word and expect to be changed.
HOW TO USE THE PRAYER GUIDE This guide has been arranged in a way to help you to stay focused during your time of prayer. To begin with, each day has a prayer theme with Biblical texts. I encourage you to take some time to allow the Holy Spirit to use these verses to prepare your heart and mind; to hear from Him during this devotional time. Read and meditate on these passages from God’s Word and expect to be changed.
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