Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

Pastoral Search

Update – October 10, 2022.

Your Pastoral Search Committee had a great meeting today with our Search Consultant. The 105 applicants and nominees for the Senior Pastor position have been reduced to fewer than a dozen candidates. The Committee continues to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit while we carefully and prayerfully evaluate these candidates over the coming weeks.


We love you and covet your support and prayers!

Idlewild Baptist Church’s Pastoral Search Committee exists to serve and assist the church in finding God’s divinely appointed man to lead and shepherd Idlewild through the next season.


Your Pastoral Search Committee is committed to;


  • Being led by the Holy Spirit,
  • Prayerfully seeking God’s will,
  • Being in the Word and led by the Word,
  • Being intentionally unified,
  • Sacrificially serving our church, and
  • Yielding to God’s sovereignty.

Each week your Pastoral Search Committee prepares, records, and shares a video report of the state of the current process featuring one of the committee members. These videos appear as part of ‘Good Morning Idlewild’ each Sunday, and provide our church family with important information, biblical encouragement, and prayer requests.

Your Pastoral Search Committee has created the following document to provide information about the Senior Pastor search and to answer many of the commonly asked questions. Please feel free to download, print, and share this handout.

The search committee covets your prayers as they go about searching for a new pastor for Idlewild. Here you can find ‘Prayer Sheets’ provided by the committee to let us know how, specifically, we can pray for and with them.

View previous update videos from the search committee here:

Your Pastoral Search Committee is made up of twelve members of our church body and two non-voting Pastors who serve as committee advisors. Click below to review the Search Committee Profile document for more information about the Committee members.



Idlewild Baptist Church has engaged proven church staffing firm Vanderbloemen Search Group to assist with our search for our next Senior Pastor. Their role is to promote and advertise the position nationally, as well as to collect and screen applications.



Click here to view the Idlewild Baptist Church Senior Pastor video posted on Vanderbloemen’s website.



At the conclusion of the application and screening periods, the Pastoral Search Committee will conduct interviews with those who have met our required characteristics and qualifications, and make a recommendation to our church body.  The next Senior Pastor must be approved by vote of the members of Idlewild Baptist Church.