Online voting will be available Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10 at noon.
For those who choose not to vote online, there will be a paper ballot station available in the BCC Commons  between those same dates. 

THOMAS NETEK

BCC STUDENT PASTOR CANDIDATE

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Our Lead Pastor, Derik Armstrong, along with the full, united support of our Elders, are excited to introduce our candidate for the role of Student Pastor (grades 6-12), Thomas Netek!

Passion. Authenticity. Discernment. Connector

These are just a few words to describe our interactions with Tom over the past few weeks. Tom has met with our elders, lead pastor, current student ministry pastor, volunteer leaders, students, and many people in our congregation. After circling back around to gather feedback from everyone's interactions with Tom, these words were consistently used to describe the impression he made.

"Each of us was created with a longing in our hearts to be a part of a mission. He doesn’t need us, but God invites each of us into His mission of reconciliation. So many of our brothers and sisters are in need of someone to look them in the eyes and say, 'I want you to run with me.' I want to empower leaders to see the strength those words can have. By equipping leaders to empower their people, we can begin to help our people find their gifts and the unique place God has placed them to do His work. Then, through equipping each person to share their story, and the story of Christ's redemptive work with others, they can live out the commission given by God in their workplace, neighborhood, and families... I believe a unified body of all ages can transform a city to worship God."

-Thomas Netek

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Tom's Story and Current Role

Tom is 23 years old, single and currently lives in the north Houston, TX area. He is a Texas native and is excited about serving in Iowa with our team! He was raised in church (Disciples of Christ) but never took faith seriously until he met Jesus face to face over 5 years ago when he was in a time of searching. It was through a ministry called "Impact" that Tom found Christ's love and grace to be real and he began to grow in his love for God. Shortly thereafter, Tom felt a call to ministry.

"I attended Passion 16 months after my conversion, and I was led to tears after a talk. Amidst my tears, a woman spoke to me, telling me she saw my heart, and she hoped I would spend the rest of my life making my heart for Jesus known to others... I feel called to love Christ’s church. I love what scripture says about elders. More than anything, I want to be a man called to love Christ’s bride, and to live those qualifications in scripture. I plan to do that by loving and speaking identity into men, loving my future family with God’s strength, and serving the body with my gifts, whether 10 hours a week or 50." -Thomas Netek

Experience: 

Pastoral Resident | WoodsEdge Community Church (approx. 2,000 + weekly attendance)

July 2021 - Present

I worked with the Prayer and Pastoral Care team while also being part of a team of residents that participated in ministry experiences together. I have assisted with a large VBS with hundreds of kids and worked with our student ministry to take over 100 students to church camp. I have had opportunities to assist with funerals, men's discipleship in WoodsEdge's recovery ministry and many other unique opportunities where I have been mentored by seasoned pastors to equip and prepare me for the role of Student Pastor.

Vice President | Kappa Upsilon Chi

May 2019 - May 2021

I had the privilege to serve my fraternity as the Vice President, helping members get connected to the church and find where they could serve their brothers.

Counselor | Pine Cove

May 2019 - July 2019

I spent a summer as a counselor for 6-8th grade boys, planning and facilitating alongside other college students, and sharing the story of Jesus with campers at overnight camp.

Education:

Graduate

Dallas Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

30/66 credits completed

August 2021 - Present

 

Undergraduate

Texas A&M University

Bachelors of Science in Industrial Distribution Engineering

Minor in Business

August 2017 - May 2021

Teaching Example Video Links

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BCC's Process

Pastor Barry Steiner has been the Student Ministry Pastor at BCC for over 7 years. He and his wife, Michelle, have faithfully served both students and families. Barry has felt God's call to serve as our Missions and Care Pastor, thus leaving a vacancy for the role of Student Pastor. We currently have between 60-70 students grades 6-12 that attend "The Blend": our student ministry service that happens on Sunday evenings. In addition, the Student Ministry builds community through trips, small groups, smaller gatherings, and social events to invest in the next generation and the Kingdom of God!

Pastor Barry and our Lead Pastor, Derik Armstrong, began developing a strategy and profile to find our next Student Pastor. The process began with identifying our need at BCC. The Elders, Pastor Derik, and Pastor Barry quickly identified several important things. 1. A heart for God and students. 2. A young, passionate, high-energy leader with a commitment to the next generation. 3. Someone who fits our staff culture to further strengthen team unity. 4. Someone who agrees with our values, beliefs and is excited about the vision at BCC. 5. Someone who can grow with the students, a strong connector, and is teachable. 

In this process, it was acknowledged by all that in onboarding someone younger, we may not find a person with years of experience. This led the Elders and Staff to recognize that the most important things are the "unteachable" things such as humility, character, and passion. A search was launched on several prominent websites for Student Pastors and ministry jobs alike. After several weeks, we received a good number of resumes but only a few met our criteria. Out of those, Tom quickly rose to the top.

His excellent presentation, organized resume, excellent communication, punctuality and passion made the team take notice. Pastor Derik held a one-on-one Zoom call and was thoroughly impressed with Tom's maturity and articulation. He recommended Tom to the Elders. Pastor Barry also had a phone conversation with Tom. Everyone agreed that they wanted to meet Tom in person so he was invited for an in-person interview.

Tom spent significant time with Pastor Derik, Pastor Barry, Michelle Steiner, and several staff, student leaders, students, elders and their spouses. Tom attended BCC on a Sunday morning and attended "The Blend" student service that evening where Pastor Barry invited him to speak. The feedback was very consistent regarding everyone who encountered Tom. 

After receiving all of the feedback from everyone who participated in interviewing and interacting with Tom, as well as much prayer and discernment, an offer was put together and presented to Tom the following Monday after his visit. Tom spent 3 days praying and discerning then reached out to Pastor Derik with his acceptance of the offer!

According to our bylaws, the final step is to have a confirmation vote of Pastor Derik's and the Elders' decision by the members of BCC. We're required to inform the congregation two weeks in advance prior to a vote. We must have a quorum of 1/3 of active voting members and a confirmation vote of 3/4 majority to make this official. This vote is important because it gives our candidate a final confirmation to move forward. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact info@bettendorfcc.com.

We would like as many who are able to vote online. Beginning Thursday, July 7 you will be able to click on the "Vote Online" button at the top of this page to submit your vote. Voting will close Sunday, July 10 at noon. For those who choose not to vote online, there will be a paper ballot station available in the Commons by the kitchen between those same dates. 

Thank you for your prayerful consideration. We're very excited to have a great candidate!