None of us Have Ever Done This Before

“Where do we start?”

“How do we attract the right pastor for our church?”

“What kinds of interview questions can we ask?”

These are just a few of the questions that pastoral search committees ask when they first begin. Every search committee starts out the same way: overwhelmed and intimidated. We’re all new at this. None of us have ever done this before. Chances are we don’t even know anyone who has served on a search committee before. The thing we have to remember is that none of this process surprised God.

If the pastor retired, God knew ahead of time. If the pastor took a call to another church, God already knew about it – even before the pastor did. If the pastor left due to a scandal, it may have shocked the congregation, but not the Lord; He knew what was going on. As a result, the committee needs to trust G0d through the process. Continue reading “None of us Have Ever Done This Before”

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.

Continue reading “Should Your Church Use a Search
Consultant?”