"Whenever we get to be a part of something where we clearly see God's hand having gone before us, it's fun to be a part of the process.
When our NextGen board first heard from David Whitaker that he would be resigning his role as Regional Executive Director to accept the national leadership role for CBAmerica, we were at once excited for David, confident of the strategic guidance he could provide to the national team, but immediately also aware that his would be big shoes to fill in finding our next regional leader. David's visionary and steady hand at the helm has laid a great foundation for our current health and direction.
But even as that first announcement settled in, our collective attention turned to Craig Hardinger, president of our board and lead pastor of Arcade Church in Sacramento. With Craig's deep involvement in the leadership of our region and his "boots on the ground" role as lead pastor of Arcade, we immediately sensed that God had prepared Craig for our need of a regional director. With one voice we asked Craig to prayerfully consider taking on our region's leadership.
Over the next few weeks, Craig had the opportunity to pray with his wife, Debbie, confer with his church elder team and take a realistic look at what the new responsibilities would require. All of this with an eye to God's leading, so when the board extended an official call for Craig to come on as our executive director, Craig gave us the thumbs up (with humble acknowledgement), and we gratefully welcomed him, recognizing God's preparation and involvement all along the way. What a delight to be involved where we have seen God's good hand going ahead to prepare the way!
On behalf of your regional NextGen board as search team chairman, I'm excited to commend Craig Hardinger to you as our next Executive Regional Director. Let's stand with him in prayer and partnership to see what God may be pleased to do as we together continue to work for the glory of Jesus and the advancement of His church in our Northern California/Nevada region.
NextGen Board Search Chairman