One of the most important tasks of a pastoral search committee – after prayer – is writing the pastor profile (the job description).
The profile will determine who chooses to apply for your position – and who doesn’t. Just like any other job opening, the job-seeker — if he’s honest — will not apply for every job he reads about. Even if a doctor has years of experience in the field of cardiac medicine, she shouldn’t apply for an opening as a brain surgeon. Not all fields of medicine are equal.
The same is true of pastoral positions. Some churches need a youth and Christian education pastor; others are seeking a senior pastor. Some have the gifting and personality making them perfect for a pastor of congregational care, visiting people in the hospital, caring for the sick and elderly, performing funerals, etc. Continue reading “Crafting a Pastor Profile”