Posts by Sam Hamstra

Worship Leader Opportunity in Central Valley of CA

First Christian Reformed Church (Hanford, CA) The First Christian Reformed Church (Hanford, CA) has begun a search for a full-time Worship Leader who will have the privilege of developing and leading the worship ministry of the congregation, both on and off the platform. The ideal candidate for the Worship Leader is a maturing and competent…

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Part 5: The Genius of Backwards Planning

When a group is ready to take on a project, they usually make a plan and then work their way forward, starting with the first step and ending with the last. Many a Pastor Search Team does the same. They begin by making plan that guides them from the first meeting to the installation of…

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Part 4: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Here is a principle a Pastor Search Team can count on with their congregation: people are down on are what they are not up on. If our mission is to call and install a pastor who is affirmed by a vast majority of the congregation, then we better listen to the congregation and communicate with…

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Part 3

Robert’s Rules of Order is the most widely used manual of legislative procedure in the United States. It governs the meetings of a wide range of organizations, including church groups. They were designed to assure that meetings are fair, efficient, democratic, and orderly. First published in 1876 they are imbedded in the way many groups…

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The Preparation Phase of the Pastor Search: Part 2

The mission of calling a new pastor will intimidate us if we forget who we are and to whom we belong. Thankfully, the Bible reminds us of these things. There we discover three important truths: We are the people of God the Father, the bride of Jesus Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit.…

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Part 1

A toddler wanders off in a room filled with people, joyfully absorbing the smells, sights and sounds. In time he stops and looks around. Where is his mother? Unable to see her, he starts to cry. His mother recognizes her child’s cry and rushes to find him. Once she is in his sight, the toddler…

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Question #12

The time has come to search for a new pastor and you wonder how to go about such an awesome responsibility. You hope and pray for a candidate who embodies the 5 Cs: Character, Competency, Chemistry (fit with your congregation), Culture (fit with your community), and Credentials. But how do you find such a person?…

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Question #11

This much I have learned: Every church group of Christians knows the type of pastor they would like to serve their congregation and community. They have a basic idea of what they want in the pastor’s character, competencies, and credentials (such as experience and education). This much I have also learned: Not every church is…

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