The journey to finding new pastoral leadership can be exciting, tedious, joyful, spiritually fulfilling, frustrating, inspiring, lengthy, and purposeful. The process is one of discernment and will challenge the congregation to listen closely for the will of God for its mission and ministry in this new stage of the congregation’s life.
This is a new step of faith that will bring your congregation together around the common goal of identifying who God is calling to serve your congregation.
Following is a list of resources to assist congregations in pastoral transition:
On Calling a Pastor: A resource for pastor nominating committees and mid councils, prepared by Church Leadership Connection and the Office of the General Assembly: PC(USA) Media Uploads
The Church Leadership Connection (CLC) is the Internet-based matching and referral system of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). A system of login IDs and passwords helps guarantee security and confidentiality within CLC.
Negotiating a Pastoral Agreement
Pastoral Search Process Flowchart
Pastoral Transition Search Process