On Pastoral Searches

This book offers practical advice for pastoral search committees and others in local churches looking for a pastor.

When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search by Chris Brauns

With my book, When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search, the goal was to offer biblical help to churches making one of the most strategic decisions made by any local church: calling a pastor.

Churches looking for a pastor know their decision is critical for the future of the church. In particular, churches desire excellence in the pulpit. However, there are few resources available designed to help them achieve their first goal of excellence in the pulpit. Nor, are there many resources available to show in a Scriptural way about how churches should think about compensating their pastor or working through the difficult challenge of transitioning to a new pastor without reacting (either in a negative or positive way) to the previous pastor.

For more on pastoral searches see pastorsearchresources.com.

When Evaluating Sermons Watch More than the Splash

A high priority of nearly all churches seeking to call a new pastor is excellence in the pulpit. Yet, few churches are truly equipped to evaluate biblical preaching. When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search carefully describes what is involved in preaching biblical sermons and then suggests a grid for evaluating sermons.

Suggested Questions for Interviewing a Pastor

When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search also includes an extensive list of interview questions with suggestions about what to look for in the candidate’s answer.

Free Videos Available for Churches in a Pastoral Search

The website, pastorsearchresources.com, offers a number of free videos covering topics such as, “Common Mistakes When Looking for a Pastor,” and “Calling a Pastor in the Midst of Conflict.”


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3 responses to On Pastoral Searches

  1. Sorry, Bro., I put an extra m in my email address in my other comment by mistake

  2. Rev. Dr. Kevin Rosenfeld June 20, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Dear Chris,

    I loved your book on pastoral searching. I need you to clarify one thing for me. Are you really serious about not going through with a candidate if he is a Yankee fan? Are you from New England?

    Sincerely your brother in Christ,

    Kevin Rosenfeld

  3. Hah – – not completely serious– some of my closest friends are Yankee fans. Having said that, I grew up a Royals fan and the Yankees caused me great trauma. Goose Gossage used to come out of the bullpen in a golf cart – – and then Billy Martin got my man George Brett’s bat declared as illegal – – and my tantrum made George’s look mild in comparison.

    So great to hear from you!!

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