Should Your Church Use a Search
Consultant?

Don’t ever assume that your church

  1. doesn’t need to work with a search consultant OR
  2. can’t afford a consultant OR
  3. must work with one.

The question of whether or not to use a pastoral search consultant or a search firm is rarely an easy one. I’m not here to tell you which is right for your church. From its size, to its budget, to its internal culture, every church is unique.

For our church’s needs, we chose to work with a consultant, Dr. Charles McGowan, even though our budget was stretched paper-thin at the time. We saw the obvious benefits; we just weren’t sure if it was good stewardship of God’s resources, considering our financial situation. Looking back now, we see that the benefits easily outweighed the cost involved.

The question of whether or not to use a pastoral search consultant or a search firm is rarely an easy one. From its size, to its budget, to its internal culture, every church is unique.

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Consultant?”

Pastoral Search: Getting the Word Out

Spread the Word

Once your pastoral search committee has finished the preliminary work (creating the church profile, the pastor profile, etc.) you’re ready to put out the “We’re Hiring” sign. Before you post your information, you might want to think about Facebook. Why think about the social media goliath? One simple reason.

Female archer aiming at a target during archery competitionCompanies large and small choose to place ads on Facebook because their ads allow you to target an audience based on a variety of factors. You can reach people based on their demographics, location, interests, contact information, or behaviors.

Just to be clear, I’m not suggesting you should post your opening in a Facebook ad. But like an ad on Facebook,  spreading the word about your church position should be tightly focused, targeting the types of people most likely to be your next pastor. Continue reading “Pastoral Search: Getting the Word Out”