Posts by Sam Hamstra

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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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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Question #10

You have asked tough questions. You have looked into the mirror. You have clarified your values and mission. You have formed an outstanding search team. Now what? Before authorizing a team to begin the work of searching for a new pastor, I suggest you affirm your identity as a congregation. Remind yourself that you and…

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Question #9

Growing up in Chicago, I have frequented countless hot-dog joints and ordered many a double dog with everything but onions. (Note that for Chicagoans everything does NOT include ketchup.) I have also visited many McDonald’s, including the original in Des Plaines, where I enjoyed a “Big Mac” and fries. I find it interesting that McDonald’s…

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