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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Salty, Mar 21, 2013.
By Dr Jim Vogel
That's a good list, Salty. I have chaired two pastor search committees, and each time it took almost a year for us to call a new pastor. Patience in the vetting process is extremely important.
And there's no question that prayer and preparation are high priorities.
We were so intent on finding God's man that we agreed that unless all of us were agreed, we would not move. That gives one person enormous veto power, but we were convinced that if the Holy Spirit would guide us, He would guide all of us. And He did.
Forgot this page:
10 Categories of pastoral candidates research and evaluation
One question: what's a "puplit"?
A young dog wearing a fluorescent ribbon his tail to see where he goes in the dark.
We have spell check police roaming the boards today.
...there are some churches that wouldn't give Paul a snow ball chance.
The emphasis on preaching gets many into trouble. Both lists are pretty good.
I think the lists are good advice. As Brother Tom said, at our church, it one pulpit member disagrees with recommending a person to be pastor, that application is thrown out. One mistake that I think is made from time to time at other churches where I have seen the process is comparing new candidates with the pastor that is leaving, either good or bad. If the departing pastor is loved and has been very successful, it is wrong to expect a new pastor to be a clone. On the other hand, it the departing pastor is one that was not so well liked, then it is a mistake to dismiss all candidates that have any similarities to the departing pastor.
Sometimes there is just a plain mismatch, not the fault of anyone. The pastoral candidate might be fully qualified, and the congregation might serve the Lord as a NT church should, but the personalities clash. It does not have to be a doctronal issue, but maybe just mannerisms. I think a pastor and congregation must like each other.
Sometimes it is a doctrinal issue, as we have had threads for example, about a Calvinist pastor being called to a congregation where the majority believes more in free will. Or maybe a pastor believes in closed communion, but the church does not. There are many such examples, but they need to be worked out before a pastoral-congregation relationship is established.
Bumping for churches that may be in the process of seeking a new pastor
We are seeking a new pastor, and fairly new in the process. Brother Tom and my wife are two of the members of the board. The two top goals of this committee are seeking the man God is calling for our church and patience.
You mean that I am not the only poster to not have always perfect spelling?