Dear NextGen Family,
It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter. After having served over eight years as the Executive Director of NextGen Churches (DBA, Conservative Baptist Association of Northern California), I have officially offered my resignation as your Regional Executive Director (RED) to the NextGen board.
The reason for this decision is that at the recent meeting of the CBAmerica Board, January 29-30, held in Laguna Beach, CA, I was offered, and I accepted their appointment to be the President of CBAmerica, overseeing its nine regions, effective immediately. With the blessing of the elders of Morgan Hill Bible Church, I will continue as their lead pastor, but will need to step down from my role as the RED of NextGen for this new role.
This is a new position for CBAmerica described as follows: “In recognition of the covenantal commitment of CBA, the President shall serve the member networks, facilitating national vision, coordinating and managing the network of national resources and services; he shall be a part of the selection process for any new Executive Director of a member network; he shall facilitate the expansion of CBA into more networks.” I will also serve on each region’s board as a voting member.
This new opportunity was communicated to the NextGen board in our January meeting, ahead of my appointment by CBA. The NG board set up a search team and today has appointed Dr. Craig Hardinger, lead pastor at Arcade Church in Sacramento, as the new Regional Executive Director for NextGen. I’m excited for NextGen, because I believe Craig will continue to build on and expand the work of our NextGen community in Northern California and Nevada. There will be a time of transition over the next few months, but Craig will be starting immediately.
While I look forward to the opportunities of my new role, I’m also somewhat heavy of heart to be stepping down as the RED of NextGen. It has been such a wonderful opportunity and journey and has been an incredible privilege to serve with you. We’ve seen our region go from difficult days to now beginning to mature into health. We’ve seen churches planted, a leadership development partnership with Western, and relationships between pastors and churches developed. We are even seeing a new auditorium being built at Silver Spur, as the camp is making good strides to standing on its own.
None of this could have happened without the staff, board and pastors who have prayed, given guidance and supported me over these years. I take heart in the fact that in my new role, I will continue to serve along with you as a member of the board as well as working directly with your new RED. I believe the best days for NextGen are still in its future. I’m so thankful for the trust you put in me and am honored to have served along with you, over these eight years.
May the Lord richly bless you as you continue to “empower churches and their leaders to discover and achieve their God given mission.”
Dr. David Whitaker
Regional Executive Director, NextGen