As we are in the midst of a leadership transition at the Church at Woodbine, we believe now is the time to begin the process of reimagining how The Church at Woodbine can best serve our community and grow into a healthy congregation.

  • This process will require a relaunch of the campus, by which we will establish new campus pastoral leadership, infuse the campus with new members, and create new ministry opportunities.
  • This relaunch will provide the catalyst for making disciples, maturing believers, and multiplying ministries.
  • We will continue to share more information with you in the weeks ahead on this page and through our other communication channels.

The Marks of a Healthy Church

If you’re curious about what the goal of our relaunch efforts are for the Church at Woodbine, we believe the following markers are an indication of the type of healthy and effective church we pray God allows us to become:

Making Disciples (The Message)

A healthy church makes disciples by:

  • Declaring the whole counsel of the Word of God
  • The Leadership of the Holy Spirit
  • Emphasizing the Person and the Lordship of Christ our Lord. (With emphasis on the historicity and the sovereignty of Christ, Who He is, what He has done, and what He is doing!)
  • Acts 2:22-47, Matthew 28:18-20

The results should reflect:

  • The salvation of many. “The Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47
  • The priority of the Scriptures in a believer’s life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Maturing Believers (The Ministry)

A healthy church matures believers by:

  • Discovering and developing the gifts of God in a believer’s life
  • Directing and sending those who are called, available, and equipped to fulfill the assignment they are called to fulfill.
  • Preparing and investing in the future generations of faith.
  • Colossians 1:9, Ephesians 4:11-13,  Philippians 1:9-11

The results should reflect:

  • Spiritual transformation in an individual believer’s life. Acts 2:40-47
  • Spiritual transformation in the life of the local body, “The Church,” leading to unity, Christlikeness, community impact, and Christ-honoring life and witness.
  • A healthy community of worship, generosity, fellowship, maturity, and doctrinal understanding.

Multiplying Ministries (The Mission)

A healthy church multiplies ministries by:

  • Planting and resourcing ministries as a witness to unbelievers (by meeting the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the community and beyond)
  • Planting and resourcing ministries designed to encourage, build, and nurture the needs of the local and global body of believers.
  • Creating a multiplication/missionary culture within the local body that serves to identify, equip, and send the local church body on mission with Christ for the advancement of the Gospel, locally and globally.
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:8, Philippians 1:12, Acts 1:8

The results should reflect:

  • The advancement of the Gospel locally and globally. Acts 1:8
  • Numerical growth. Acts 2:41, 47
  • Church and ministry planting. Acts 13:1-5
  • Activation of the local body of Christ into ministry. Acts 6:1-3
  • A culture of involvement, gratitude, love, and generosity. Acts 2:40-47, 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

90-Day Prayer Campaign

We’re inviting you to engage with us in a 90-Day Prayer Campaign, where the entire campus will commit to praying for the following:

  • The Campus Pastor Search Team
  • Our Future Campus Pastor
  • Our Community
  • Our Staff
  • Our Members

Please use the following guide as we pray over the next 90 days.

Download Prayer Guide

Join Us for Prayer

Join us in praying at 9:30 AM on the first Sunday of each month.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is our Campus Pastor right now?

  • Ken Schafer, who currently serves as our Stewardship Minister, will be serving as your interim Campus Pastor. Ken is highly relational, incredibly pastoral, and uniquely gifted to provide wisdom and leadership to you during this season of transition.
  • Bill Ferrell, our North Region Associate Executive Pastor, will work closely with your campus staff regarding day-to-day campus operations during the interim period.
  • Aaron Bryant, our North Regional Lead Pastor, will ensure that your staff is cared for and supported as they continue to provide leadership in each ministry area of the church.

Who is on the team tasked with searching for our next Campus Pastor?

Both Bill Ferrell and Aaron Bryant will provide guidance to a search team that’s comprised of Woodbine members and select Staff Resource Team (SRT) representatives. We’re grateful that the following Woodbine members will be serving on the search team:

  • Aaron Bryant, Lead Pastor, North Region
  • Donna Keel, Trustee Member
  • Hunter Moss, SRT Vice-Chairman
  • Elizabeth Hyndman, SRT Member
  • David Williamson, SRT Member
  • Wayne Hutchinson, Deacon
  • Carolyn Denning, Church Member

How does the search process work?

Aaron Bryant will ultimately direct the search, and candidates will advance through several steps:

  1. Initial screening and phone interview.
  2. Answer a series of written questions related to theology and ministry practices.
  3. Complete the PLACE and Strengthfinders Assessments.
  4. Evaluation of sermons either in person or by video
  5. Meet with full search team.

Once a final candidate is selected, they will be reviewed/approved by the full Brentwood Staff Resource Team and ultimately hired by the Board of Trustees.

During the process, the search team will provide monthly updates to the congregation.

What can I pray for during this time of transition?

  1. Pray for your campus staff during this transition and for church leadership to have wisdom and unity of heart and mind during this search process.
  2. Pray for the next Campus Pastor. Pray for him and his family as God stirs their hearts to come to us. Pray for their transition to us and their future ministry with us.
  3. Pray for the witness of the church in the Woodbine community.
  4. Download the Prayer Guide here.

What is the search team focusing on when looking for a Campus Pastor?

  • We primarily look for a pastor who can articulate a sense of calling and confirmation to this specific ministry assignment and how God has been preparing him for this moment.
  • We want to identify someone who desires to develop and lead the campus staff and provide pastoral leadership to the congregation as much as they feel called to preach and teach.
  • An ability to cast vision for reaching this community with the gospel is essential, as well as the ability to implement that vision among the staff and congregation.

What is the timeline for the relaunch?

While there is no definitive timeline for the relaunch, we believe the Lord will guide us quickly to what He has in store for us next and allow for a timely but measured relaunch to occur in 2024.