Finding your next pastor can be the biggest challenge your church has ever faced.
The outcome of your search will impact your church for years to come.
But locating the right pastor is only one part of the process. Knowing who you are as a church and what type of pastor would be best to lead you, specifically, is crucial. Your search team needs all the guidance and insight it can get.
Leadership transitions are seldom easy, and churches are no exception. Traditionally, senior ministers leave their churches; an interim minister is appointed; a search or pulpit committee formed, and the process of finding the next senior leader begins. Use of this model often alone causes a loss of continuity since much of the organizational memory walks out the door with the departing pastor.
Our Transforming Church team has worked with hundreds of churches who find themselves in the position of searching for a new leader to revive their church, continue ministry momentum, or recover from a difficult pastorate. The issues are many and complex – so much more than ‘finding the right person’.
It’s a process both exhilarating and full of difficulty – often punctuated by disagreements, false leads, twisting journeys, and discouragement.
The church needs to consider its own code, history, character, community, and the unique nature of the challenges and opportunities it faces. It needs to know what to look for, what to anticipate, what kinds of questions to ask both church and candidates. Your search team needs to be fully prepared and well equipped.
Out of our experience, we offer our new Pastor Search Guide, an easy-to-understand, detailed, comprehensive companion for the pastor search process. Designed for pastor search teams as well as for individual church leaders, the Guide offers an overview of the process, high level leadership tools for understanding both church and candidates, qualifications for choosing and training search team members, and even form letters which can be adapted for use with both congregation and candidates.
The first truly comprehensive guide to the pastor search process, the Pastor Search Guide will be your search team’s constant companion and resource. You can purchase the guide as an electronic download or combine the Guide with a coaching session with a member of Transforming Church’s experienced team.
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We’d love to partner with you and serve you in this most important journey in the life of your church!