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What is an Interregnum and what does it mean for Canford Heath Baptist Church?
Canford Heath Baptist Church is now embarking on an exciting journey to find a new minister. This follows the calling of Ben (Minister) and Ez Lucas (Youth Minister) to pastor a church near Bristol. This means that we are currently entering an interregnum period (which simply means a period when a church is looking for a new minister).
Paul Holmes, Baptist minister, having agreed to be our moderator, will guide CHBC through the process of finding a new minister. A Search Committee has been formed, including a good cross-section of the congregation, whose first task will be to produce profiles describing what the church is like. This includes a long profile on four sides of A4 which will eventually go to prospective ministers and a small profile of 150 words which will go to all ministers currently seeking a pastorate. The process of finding a minister has a delay built into it, and it should normally take between 9 and 18 months to complete the process. The Search Committee are aiming to complete the profiles by September.
Grenville Overton, who is the church’s Regional Minister and a member of the National Settlement Team of the Baptist Union, has the task of sending CHBC profiles of prospective ministers.