Scripture For Pastor Search Committees

Scripture for Search Committees

When we pray, when we ask God for things, we must try to tie as many requests as possible to Scripture. That is an immensely practical step.

D.A. Carson

Prayer is a major emphasis in When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search. Chapter 1 outlines why pastoral search committees and churches seeking pastors should be motivated to pray as they search for a pastor.

One thing that will help your church pray through your pastoral transition is to suggest a number of passages to keep in mind when you pray. Of course, the Bible is full of them. Here are a few especially strategic passages.

  1. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers (Matthew 9:35-38) – As you consider the hurting people in your community who need a shepherd, plead with the Lord to send you a pastor to work beside you in your harvest field. See also For Those Who Recruit in Local Churches.

  2. If your leaders are tired, pray that you would all be steadfast and immoveable always abounding in the work of the Lord because it is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58). 1 Corinthians 15 is one of the richest chapters in all of Scripture. Paul begins with a concise summary of the Gospel and argues the centrality of the resurrection. Sometimes in considering the theological richness, we fail to see that there is a very practical conclusion. In light of the glory of the Gospel and the resurrection, keep going even when you’re tired.

  3. Pray through the qualifications for a pastor (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9). Ask the Lord to help your church identify a pastor who is biblically qualified.

  4. Pray for biblical discernment – Proverbs 26:10 warns that hiring the first person to come along is like having an archer around who takes random shots into the crowd. If your church is to call the right pastor, you need biblical discernment. Pray Philippians 1:9-11 in which Paul prays that the Philippians love would increasingly abound in knowledge and depth of insight. See also Romans 12:1-2.

  5. Pray that your church would think biblically about pastoral compensation – In 1 Timothy 5:17-18 Paul encourages churches to take care of their pastors by reminding them that the pastor is the “beast of burden” who grinds the grain for their spiritual bread. Paraphrased, “Take care of your pastor so that you will be fed.” From the beginning churches looking for a pastor should be motivated to pray that the church will be committed and unified about praying for a new pastor.

  6. Pray that your church and your new pastor would have faith in our great God – In 2 Kings 6:17, Elisha and his servant faced an apparently impossible situation. Elisha prayed that the Lord would open his servants eyes so that he would see the Lord’s cosmic forces. Reading 2 Kings 6:8-23 would be a wonderful way to begin a prayer meeting for a new pastor.

Your Thoughts
What scripture have you found helpful in your pastoral search?

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7 Responses to Scripture For Pastor Search Committees

  1. Preston Mitchell says:

    I wanted to offer another option to a pastoral search. I have seen God use a professional search team to place candidates in high value jobs. We have placed qualified candidates in key staff positions for churches around the nation.

    At Vanderbloemen Search Group, we can save precious time and money for the church by doing all the upfront work of calling people, interviewing people, doing background checks, etc. Once we finish, we bring 4-6 candidates who would fill the qualifications of the job and have the energy to follow the vision of the senior pastor. The church takes our candidates and do their part in the process until a person is hired.

    With years of experience in the local church, we are many times the better option. Thank you.

  2. Ron Evartt says:

    Churches and church organizations have totally lost touch with finding “the right Pastor”. If you check the requirements that churches and organizations want, they are looking for Pastors with Degrees, and a Master in Divinity… Our world would not be in the situation it is today if these so called educated Pastors took on the real responsibility, and doing what Jesus requires. Today we have a bunch of puffed up teachers and preachers that don’t disciple, but manipulate to control their congregations, which aren’t theirs. There are real men called of God to preach, and they have no earthly titles, but do have the real calling to make disciples and stand firmly on the Word. Churches, if you want a Pastor from Jesus Christ to teach and preach, then follow the requirements of God, and NOT man! Pastors aren’t made, they are Spiritually inspired, and have been given the gift from God for their duties. Our churches are full of Sadducees and Pharisees (those educated by man), and they were taught how to speek, what to say, and how to manipulate (witchcraft) the people with there great worship services and there eloquent sermons. Christians today don’t know Jesus (The Word, which is God). They live in sin with the false understanding of grace. There are no powerful true teaching and preaching on hell. There is no Fear of God!
    The real question is: Do you want a Pastor from God, or a well qualified man from the world?

  3. Ron Evartt says:

    Searching For A Pastor

    How does one receive the truth of the Gospel?

    Gal 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that
    the gospel which was preached of me is not
    after man.
    Gal 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by
    the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    Once you have given your life to Jesus do you need a man to teach you?

    1Jn 2:25 And this is the promise that he
    hath promised us, even eternal life.
    1Jn 2:26 These things have I written unto
    you concerning them that seduce you.
    1Jn 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you,
    and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth
    you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye
    shall abide in him.

    What kind of man should a church be looking for?
    One who is willing to give up all and follow, serving the Lord Jesus Christ,
    and not for the highest wage, but for the greatest calling, where the Lord leads!

    Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to
    preach, and to say, Repent: for the
    kingdom of heaven is at hand.
    Mat 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of
    Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called
    Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a
    net into the sea: for they were fishers.
    Mat 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow
    me, and I will make you fishers of men.

    Mat 4:20 And they straightway left their
    nets, and followed him.
    Mat 4:21 And going on from thence, he saw
    other two brethren, James the son of
    Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship
    with Zebedee their father, mending their
    nets; and he called them.
    Mat 4:22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

    Fully investigate for the requirements. Don’t just talk to those of his congregation,
    check backgrounds, talk to his neighbors, check any secular employment, and do
    this for past places he lived.
    Trouble is Pastors today have an entourage of people protecting them and keeping
    people from getting to close (to the truth). Most all Pastors today don’t have an
    intimate relationship with their congregation.

    1Ti 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a
    bishop, he desireth a good work.
    1Ti 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of
    one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to
    hospitality, apt to teach;
    1Ti 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy
    lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
    1Ti 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his
    children in subjection with all gravity;
    1Ti 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house,
    how shall he take care of the church of God?)
    1Ti 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall
    into the condemnation of the devil.
    1Ti 3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which
    are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the
    1Ti 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not
    doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy
    1Ti 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure
    1Ti 3:10 And let these also first be proved; then let them
    use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
    1Ti 3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers,
    sober, faithful in all things.
    1Ti 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling
    their children and their own houses well.
    1Ti 3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to
    themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

    What credentials should a church be looking for?

    Signs of the “fruit of the Spirit”.

    Meets Scriptural requirements.

    Eager and zealous for Holy Spirit revelation of truth, and direction.

    A life of exemplary, honest, and upright behavior for a long enough time prior to serving
    the Lord Jesus in such a capacity as Pastor.

    A servants heart, and most humble of all.

    The strongest desire of all, building the church, NOT buildings, but true, radically
    changed persons. Willing to take up the cross daily for Jesus Christ.

    For today, a man who won’t compromise God’s Word for anyone or any committee
    for any reason!!!

    For me I would rather preach from my house-top to any who would choose to stop
    and hear, than to be told to compromise and reflect what the church of today is doing.
    Wisdom comes from God, and never from a book by a man or woman today.
    Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than
    your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

    Ecc 12:9 And moreover, because the
    preacher was wise, he still taught the
    people knowledge; yea, he gave good
    heed, and sought out, and set in order
    many proverbs.
    Ecc 12:10 The preacher sought to find out
    acceptable words: and that which was
    written was upright, even words of truth.
    (Vs. 11 is telling us to stick to God’s Word Only)
    Ecc 12:11 The words of the wise are as
    goads, and as nails fastened by the
    masters of assemblies, which are given
    from one shepherd.
    (Teach the Word, not man’s books.)
    Ecc 12:12 And further, by these, my son,
    be admonished: of making many books
    there is no end; and much study is a
    weariness of the flesh.
    (1st-Fear God. 2nd-Obedience.)
    Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of th
    whole matter: Fear God, and keep his
    commandments: for this is the whole duty
    of man.
    (Yes, Works. Works of the flesh, or works of the Spirit in you)
    Ecc 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every
    secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

  4. Cher says:

    We are searching for a pastor fot our church. It is hard and scary for me. We want the right person, one God has sent for us to lead our congregation. Pleae pray.

  5. Glenda Hudson says:

    We have been without a pastor for almost 2 years. We have had an interim pastor for 15 months. We have been through a healing process and now we are at the point of getting a pastoral search committee together. Please pray for the following for God’s church…
    1.) The church will sincerely pray in unity for a true godly pastor.
    2.) God will give the search committee clarity and a common interest in the same person.
    3.) The search committee will follow all the things within scripture according to what you have provided as well as all the others in their comments.
    We and not just looking for a pastor, we are looking for a Shepherd that will restore the faith within the congregation and draw folks to come to worship. Not just increasing the numbers within the church but to add to the Kingdom of God.
    Thanks in advance, Glenda Hudson

  6. Donald Whiteside says:

    Thank you for your valuable information, I am a deacon at my church and we are searching for a Shepherd for our congregation. It is going slow and painful. We have hurt each other in meetings concerning our search. It is good to see we are not alone in this endeavor.

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