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?”

Starting a Pastoral Search Committee

In the PCA, the Book of Church Order allows for two options when forming a pastoral search committee: the session (the board of elders) can serve as the committee or it can be made up of laypeople from the congregation. At least two different pastoral search consultants recommend against the first option, including the consultant we worked with, Dr. Charles McGowan.
The elders did have a say in putting together the committee.

First, the elders created a job description/list of expectations for the members of the search committee (see the list of Expectations here). Next, they put together a slate of recommended names and presented that slate to the congregation for approval.

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