Posts by Sam Hamstra

Question #3

Typically, as soon as a pastor announces that he or she has accepted a call, the leaders of the congregation, with no questions asked, form a pastor search (replacement) team. They seemingly assume that the church should enter the future by repeating the past, rather than viewing their pastor’s departure as a time to explore…

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Question #6

Are you familiar with the question “What is the elephant in the room?” This nonsensical question is a metaphorical idiom for an obvious problem that people don’t want to talk about. The situation is as noticeable as an elephant would be if sitting in your living room or at your dinner table. More recently, a…

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Question #5

In what is called “The Great Commission,” Jesus commands his apostles to make disciples by going, baptizing, and teaching. While it took them a while to go, they finally got around to it with a lot of help from Barnabas, Paul, and the Church of Antioch.  We are here as a result of their work.…

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Lead Pastor Opportunity in Kalamazoo, MI

The Southern Heights Christian Reformed Church (Kalamazoo, MI) has begun a search for a Lead Pastor to succeed Pastor Dan Sarkipato who retired in April after 22 years of faithful ministry to the congregation. The Lead Pastor will help the congregation further the development of its vision, guide its spiritual development through preaching and teaching,…

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Executive Director/Pastor Opportunity (Westchester County, NY)

Trinity Presbyterian Church (Purchase, NY) has begun a search for an Executive Director of Ministries (if ordained, Executive Pastor). The primary role of the EDM is to serve, under the leadership of the Senior Pastor Craig Higgins, in the leadership and direction of the church staff, in the recruiting and overseeing of volunteer ministry leaders,…

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Question #4

“What do you mean by asking, ‘Is Christ really head of our church?’ You might answer automatically, “Of course he is for the Bible tells me so!” You have a point. Paul does affirm that Christ “is the head of the body, the church” (Colossians 1:18). So let’s ask the question differently. Is Christ a…

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Lead or Co-Pastor Opportunity in Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown Christian Reformed Church The Charlottetown Christian Reformed Church (Charlottetown, PEI) has begun a search for two pastors. The leadership of the congregation (Council) has determined to search first for the pastor responsible for preaching, worshiping, and equipping. Once this pastor is identified, a search for a second pastor will begin. The second pastor will…

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Question #3

Typically, as soon as a pastor announces that he or she has accepted a call, the leaders of the congregation, with no questions asked, form a pastor search (replacement) team. They seemingly assume that the church should enter the future by repeating the past, rather than viewing their pastor’s departure as a time to explore…

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Question #2

“I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18 NIV) The leadership of Grace Church was facing a pastoral vacancy, a recurring challenge in the life of a congregation. They were also challenged by declining worship attendance,…

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Lead Pastor 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 Lead Pastor who will bear the core responsibilities of preaching, staff oversight, vision casting, and leadership. The Lead Pastor, in partnership with the Director of Public Ministries, will also help develop and care for its existing…

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