Message from Search Chair, Doug Peters
If I haven’t had the opportunity to meet you yet, let me introduce myself. My name is Doug Peters, I serve as the Chair of the Search Committee for the next season of Leadership at Prairie Heights. I have a long history with Prairie Heights and have worked alongside both Jon and Teri in a variety of leadership capacities. I am passionate about Prairie Heights and our future. As you probably recognize, Jon and Teri’s last Sunday at Prairie Heights, December 1st, is coming quickly. Just like you, this is an emotional time for myself and my family. On the one hand, I feel great joy that Jon and Teri are following God’s calling for them and on the other, I can’t help but feel a sense of loss.
That is when I remind myself that Prairie Heights is God’s Church and that He has a specific plan for us and the church! And I intentionally think thoughts of thankfulness for all the fun times and growth I’ve experienced with Jon and Teri.
I am also incredibly thankful for all of the people that God has brought to Prairie Heights, and the work they are doing during this transition. The 22 paid staff members and hundreds of volunteers will ensure that Prairie Heights doesn’t miss a beat. Sunday Services, Kidventure, Oxygen, the Christmas Services and everything else has all been planned for the coming weeks.
Beginning December 2nd our District Superintendent, Steve Hoffman, will be filling the executive leadership role at Prairie Heights until we finalize the next pastor. It is the Search Committee and Board’s goal for the decision to happen in January. While we are eager to have a new leader in place, we are confident with our current team, and do not want to rush the process.
I feel certainty and peace that God has been guiding us and that we are being blessed with His wisdom as our Search Committee works and looks towards the future.
Please continue to pray for God’s wisdom and blessing for the Hauser family, and for Prairie Heights as we move into the most joyous season of the year – Christmas. Equally important – don’t miss Jon’s last two messages as he closes out his final series Love and Lead with Urgency.
As always please reach out if you have any questions.
Love and Lead with Urgency Press Release
Prairie Heights Community Church’s Jon Hauser to Deliver Final Messages
On April 1, 2001 Jon and Teri Hauser set out on a course of “one more” at the inaugural service of Prairie Heights Community Church. Their mission was, and is, to help one more person find hope and life in Christ. This inaugural service hosted 207 people and was held at the Doublewood Inn, in Fargo.
As co-founders, the Hauser’s had a vision for a church that focused on connecting those apart from God with Christ and a church family. With that focus, Prairie Heights quickly outgrew the Doublewood Inn, and eventually the meeting space at the FargoDome. On December 11, 2016 the church moved to 319 32nd Ave E, a new 41,000 square foot facility in West Fargo and 2,180 people attended the first services.
Entering into this Christmas Season, Prairie Heights is expecting close to 5,000 attendees for its Christmas Eve services. Jon credits the growth to “God’s leadership, world-class volunteers, and the indomitable spirit of the congregation”.
This November marks the final messages Jon will deliver at Prairie Heights. When asked about the transition Jon shared that on his recent trip to Israel he had multiple conversations that sparked him to question timing and transition. At the same time, his wife and co-founder Teri was having the same experiences. “It was clear that when Jon returned that God was speaking to both of us and bringing unity to the decision,” Teri Hauser shared.
While they don’t know the exact details of their future, the Hauser’s do know that they are being called to coach and mentor spiritual leaders and churches. As he enters into his last sermon series at Prairie Heights, Jon is making the most of the opportunities he has to share what God is speaking to him “My last series Letters from 1962 was special to me as I shared a chain of letters between my Mom and my Dad,” he said. “In Love and Lead with Urgency we’ll be exploring that while transitions are unavoidable, healthy transitions are possible.”
Love and Lead with Urgency is a four-week series at Prairie Heights Community Church that kicked off November 10th . Please join us to celebrate Jon’s last messages with services at 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 4:00 pm every Sunday. Kidventure, for kids 0-5th grade is encouraged and available onsite during each service at no-cost.
Press Release 11.15.2019