Lead Pastor Search

To make more and better disciples

Epikos Church has set out on the journey of finding its next lead pastor to guide and shepherd our church community. We seek to find someone who will take Epikos’ mission—to make more and better disciples—to heart, and inspire us toward deeper gospel-centered transformation. 


Our search committee for this process is comprised of six dedicated men and women of varying ages, life seasons, and campuses as well as two of our elders, Cory Eckdahl and Barry Waddell.


This page will be updated regularly with updates on the lead pastor search as we venture into this next season as a community.

Most recent update

Lead Pastor Survey Report

On January 14th the elders of Epikos Church, along with the Lead Pastor Search committee and representatives from P3, our consulting firm, met to review and summarize the results of the church-wide survey that was administered in December. It was a very productive meeting and allowed the entire team to reflect on what the congregation desires to see in a new lead pastor as well as how they view the church as a whole. Linked below is the summation of the meeting.

Will you pray?

It’s important for us to submit the search process to the Lord throughout each and every step. Could you pray over the following areas in this season of the search?
  • The Lead Pastor Committee will be meeting with the elders and P3 on January 14th to go over the results from the survey sent out a few weeks ago. We would greatly appreciate it if you would join us in praying for wisdom, discernment, and unity.
  • That God would be glorified in everything we say and do
  • For patience as the search team works on gathering info
  • That the search team would work well together and be open and honest with each other
  • That the search team would have great discernment
  • That the elder board and search team would be on the same page when questions arise
  • That the Lord would make it abundantly clear on who the candidate should be
  • That the heart of the candidate will be prepared to lead us well

Search process

1. Self-evaluation

During this step, we will gather information on who we are as a church. This includes things such as our size, our budget, our demographic, and our spiritual growth. This is done to give P3 (the search agency we’re working with) a better view of who we are as well as to help potential candidates understand who we are.

This step will take approximately two months.

2. Survey congregation

During this step, we will survey you the congregation about what you see our future to be and what qualities you are looking for in a lead pastor.

This step will take approximately 2–4 weeks.

3. Evaluate

During this step, we will evaluate the information gathered from the previous two steps in order to begin crafting a job description for the Lead Pastor position.

This step will take approximately 1–2 months.

4. Post job

After we’ve evaluated the information previously gathered about who Epikos Church is and what we’re looking for in a new Lead Pastor, the search committee will craft a job description for the role and will post it.

5. Interview candidates

During this step, the search committee will review applications and interview potential candidates.

This step will take approximately 3–9 months.

6. Extend a call

Once our search committee has narrowed down applications, we will conduct a formal interview with elders and staff. When we have come to an accord we will present the candidate and have our Covenant Members vote to confirm, and the elders will extend a call to a candidate.

Past Updates

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