Finding and contacting good potential candidates

Finding and contacting good potential candidates

Here some people would recommend going to your favorite Christian college first. I recommend against that as a first step. The first step should be looking inside your church before looking outside your church. By this I mean that the first choice for interviews should be your own church staff. I would recommend that you interview all the other pastors and assistant pastors and any “retired” pastors in the church membership. There may be good reasons why you do not want to interview or consider some of them, but they should be all examined by the Pulpit Committee before discarding them or going on the next steps.

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What to do after making contact with Pastoral Candidate

What to do after you make contact with a candidate

The best way to deal with a pastoral candidate is with being direct and having an abundance of information both from him, and given back to him. That means you need to supply the candidate with a lot of information about your church. Here a church history, recent events, and lots of photos help the pastor to know who you are. If you feel you do not want to “print up” so much information, open a page on some website with photos like flicker (free), and upload church photos of the people, the buildings, outings, etc.

It is good to have good candidates come to visit the church and talk with people. Probably the two best elements that pastoral candidates like is dealing with real people, and being in the information loop.

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Ministers: Rejecting Riches Part 1

In this article, I outline some verses about a minister’s rejection of riches and explain them and apply them to a godly minister’s makeup. A requirement for God’s ministers is that they are not motivated by greed. We examine this in this blog. I am sorry that I am going to go on a long rabbit trail here, but we cannot understand what an “optimum minister” should be unless we understand what a minimum of a good Christian’s worldview should be as to riches. So I will lay the foundation of a biblical viewpoint towards possessions and riches here. Perhaps you would need to go beyond these basic foundational principles to something more advanced, but that is outside the scope of this article.

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Leadership Development

Leadership development

As I reviewed Church planting issues articles, I find this mentioned often. The key issue here is that your church plant has leaders that are spiritual, Bible oriented and guided (working by Scripture principles), and mature. Unfortunately, this just begs the whole question of a church plant. We can easily take the leaders from some well-established church and transplant them, and we have a ready-made “church plant in a can”. Unfortunately, this sidesteps the whole question of church planting, which is to reproduce ourselves on 2 levels: 1) reproduce believers or evangelism, and 2) reproduce churches, which is church planting.

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