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Monday, October 4, 2021

Calling a New Pastor or Priest?


What should a search team look for when calling clergy? Besides the practical concerns of compensation and the denomination's requirements for service, the search team should evaluate the candidate's educational preparation, record of service, and spiritual maturity. 

The candidate who is expected to bring prestige to the church should not automatically go to the top of the list.

The candidate who seems eager to change "everything" should not be dismissed from consideration.

Many churches follow a corporate model when searching for a new pastor or priest. This begins with determining the wants and needs of the congregation (developing a parish profile). The most desired traits are usually compassionate pastoral care and good preaching.

Discover whether the candidate is comfortable with and can commit to your church's mission statement. (Read more about Mission Statements here.)

Additional traits and commitments that should be considered include:

  1. Humility
  2. Love of Scripture
  3. Eagerness to bring people to the saving knowledge of God Father, God Son, and God Holy Spirit
  4. Ability to delegate to tested members of the church
  5. Commitment to Christian formation of all ages through Bible study, retreats, youth events, and discipleship programs