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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Question #1: “Where Do We Begin?”

There is not much more unsettling for a congregation than a pastoral vacancy. When we are without a resident pastor, our life as a church seems to be off a beat or stalled, even injured unable to run at full steam. And there are few tasks more daunting than serving on a pastor search team.…

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Scouting for Prospective Pastors

If you were asked to scout a college campus or a congregation for prospective pastors, where would you begin? What would you like for? During my baseball playing and coaching days, I learned that if I asked a similar question of a scout looking for prospective professional baseball players, he would have a ready response.…

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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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