It's not a common occurrence to seek out a new pastor, so pastoral search committees can sometimes feel as though they are inventing the process from scratch. In The Pastoral Search Journey, John Vonhof provides detailed guidance for search committees to ensure a good match between pastor and congregation. This is Vonhof’s third book about the pastoral search—but the first to discuss interim pastors, transitions between pastors, and the use of the Internet and digital media.
Vonhof advises congregational leaders on establishing the search committee; ensuring the congregation is cared for during the pastoral vacancy; conducting the congregational self-study and creating an information packet; finding, communicating with, and interviewing candidates; determining selection criteria as well as evaluating and recommending candidates; managing call negotiations; and finally welcoming the congregation’s new pastor. Sample letters, forms, and other tools are provided.
This book is a revised and expanded version of John Vonhof's 1999 book, Pastoral Search: The Alban Guide to Managing the Pastoral Search Process.
"For the last ten years I have been helping churches and pastors find each other. The Pastoral Search Journey is one of the most inclusive books on this topic. It contains a wealth of information that every search committee needs to know as they fulfill the search; it is written in a plain and precise language that any reader would be able to understand; and it is full of resources, surveys, and examples of how to discover who your next pastor should be."
—David I. Shrout, Executive Coordinator, The Association of the Churches of God in Oregon and Southwest Washington
"This book attends to the emotional and relational needs of both congregation and pastor in a time of transition while providing a rich supply of practical resources, adaptable for almost any denominational system."
—Judith Schwanz, author of Blessed Connections: Relationships That Sustain Vital Ministry
"No pastoral search committee should leave home without this book! It’s contemporary, comprehensive, and full of practical tools. It details the process from creating a committee to welcoming a newly called pastor into the congregation, with clear diagrams illustrating every point."—Joe H. Leonard Jr., Cochair, Pastoral Search Committee, Central Baptist Church, Wayne, Pennsylvania
Alban No. AL402
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