Posts by Sam Hamstra

Lead Pastor Opportunity With Coopersville (MI) Reformed Church

The Coopersville (MI) Reformed Church (CRC) anticipates the arrival of a Lead Pastor to lead the congregation into a new chapter of ministry in the name of Jesus Christ. First and foremost, the Lead Pastor shall be a gifted communicator and leader characterized by a deep and growing love for the Lord and His church.…

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The Pastor Search: A Discernment Practice

Some Pastor Search teams may approach their task as if they were a human resource office sifting through resumes, interviewing their perceived list of top candidates, and selecting the person whose resume best matches the position description at hand. In my work coaching Pastor Search teams, I approach the task as a discernment process wherein…

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Attributes of Great Pastor Search Team Members

If your congregation is about to begin a search for a new pastor, you, with a handful of others, will be tasked with forming a Pastor Search Team (PST). What qualities will you look for in potential candidates for this important responsibility? Having worked with over fifty search teams in my role as a pastor…

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Solo Pastor Opportunity in Beautiful North Dakota

Love being a pastor through proclamation, prayer and presence? Looking for a pastoral position that focuses on relationships more than administration? Drawn to the pastoral theology of Eugene Peterson? Dreaming about country living for contemporary times? Don’t mind living 97 miles away from a Starbucks? Then God may be preparing you to serve as the…

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One Year Later: Escazu Christian Fellowship (Costa Rica)

For just over ten years, ChapterNext has been helping churches discern their next step in pastoral leadership. This past year, ChapterNext had the privilege of working with Escazu Christian Fellowship in San Jose, Costa Rica. Escazu Christian Fellowship is located in a part of Costa Rica that is home for many expatriates from all over…

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Jesus’ Position Description as Shepherd of the Sheep?

Having had the privilege of being raised in a family dedicated to Christ and His Church, I often heard the word “under-shepherd” as a reference to the pastor. The meaning of the word required minimal explanation. We knew Christ as the great shepherd of the sheep and viewed the pastor as the one responsible for…

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Pastor of Discipleship Opportunity (Elmhurst, IL)

Elmhurst (IL) Christian Reformed Church, a congregation of approximately 1500 people, has begun a search for a Pastor of Discipleship to help the congregation live into its vision of being God’s source of shining light and living water in the western suburbs of Chicago, by drawing people to know Jesus, becoming like Jesus, and serving…

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From the People in the Pews: On Preaching #2

As noted in my previous blog under this banner, in my role as a pastor-search consultant I have the privilege of working with pastor search teams. These incredibly dedicated groups of Christ-followers fulfill many important tasks in their efforts to discern their next pastors. One of those tasks is listening to the sermons of pastoral…

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From the People in the Pews: On Preaching

In my role as a pastor-search consultant, I have the privilege of working with pastor search teams. These dedicated groups of Christ-followers, often the cream of the crop of their congregations, fulfill many important tasks in their efforts to discern their next pastors. One of those tasks is listening to the sermons of pastoral candidates.…

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The Ministry of Presence

Browsing a lovely bookstore in Kalamazoo, MI, I came across The Road to Character by David Brooks, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and an instructor at Yale. In this 2016 publication, Brooks encourages us to “rethink our priorities and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.” He…

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