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Featured What percentage would you accept to be called to a church?

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by JJ2019, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. Tom Bryant

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    I wear lots of hats - Christian, father, brother, friend, church worker, neighbor... ;)
     
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    JJ2019 wrote:

    >> A pastor search committee has asked me to come preach in view of a call. I plan to tell them yes, but I also plan to tell them that I must get at least a 95% vote from the congregation.

    JJ2019, this is a gesture that makes you look humble. Go ahead, request that the percentage be upped to 95%. And may you have the job offered to you by Christmas!
     
  4. John I Morris

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    I think that you area very wise to set a high percent in order to accept the call. I would not share my percent ahead of time with the committee. But men who go with a 70% vote, have 30% who don't want them there. I have always set a high percent, one time I needed a 100% vote and got it. Pray, pray, pray!
     
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    Hi JJ2019, thanks for your question.

    First, if you feel led to require 95%, that is between you and the LORD.

    I think many prospective Pastors receive the exact tally, and pray as to whether that indicates the Spirit's call to them for the church.

    On a different issue, based on experience as a member of a search committee, you should get your working arrangement understood. Do you work for and report to the board and the board to the members, or do you report only to the members and you are the chairperson of the board.

    I ask because of your phrase "leadership of a new pastor." Are they under the leadership of the board, or under your sense of God's leadership? Many differing relationships function to effectively carry out Christ's ministry, but in my opinion, everyone should sign on to the intended relationship going in.
     
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    Do you mean that anything "less" would be gray? Rather than anything "more?" The higher the percent the better the unity, I would think.
     
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    I can certainly relate to that, because I have a big head, too!

    I like to wear baseball caps, but I have to have fitted hats, in a size 8.

    And by the way, that's the largest size available to purchase at a specialty shop, or to order online.
     
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    Update:

    Thank you for your responses. I did share with the chairperson of the pastor search committee that I was looking to get 95% or more of the vote. This information will not be shared with the church prior to the vote. He said that he understood and agreed with my reasoning.

    I understand that there may be a few people who vote "no" for spurious reasons. I've heard the stories about teenagers voting no in an attempt to be funny, certain members who vote no just to keep the candidate "humble," etc. But if more than a dozen or so people in a relatively small to moderate size church vote no, then it starts to look like a movement. Even if it is a minority movement, if the ones voting no are influential members of the church (and there's no way to know who they are at the time of the vote) then it could seriously undermine the unity of the church and the effectiveness of the pastor going forward.

    This is a judgment call, I believe. Although I do believe that God has called me and the search committee to this point, I see the overwhelming affirmation of the church as an important confirmation that this is God's will. I can also understand why a pastor in another situation might already feel strongly that he is called to the church, in spite of some opposition. We'll see what happens.
     
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    You have to do what the Lord leads and trust Him with the results.

    Let us know. Praying for you.
     
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