Pastoral search committees have clear priorities, but they are very seldom clearly articulated. Four levels at play.

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Paul J. Scharf's picture

Having been involved to one degree or another with several churches' search processes, I'm not sure that having "clear priorities" -- or even "clearly articulating" them -- is strong enough medicine for what may ail us.

I have seen full-grown men on a search committee swayed by something as superficial as the color and thickness of a prospect's hair, and even heard the unexpected sentiment that the church may have to change its doctrine to match a potential candidate if he is "good enough."

I think, in general, independent fundamental church leaders are often embarrassingly ill-informed on something as simple as, for instance, the difference between a B.A. and an M.Div. degree -- to say nothing of the finer points of theology.

In short, I think the process needs a fair amount of study and, perhaps, reworking. I don't have all the answers; I just know I've seen more than enough that concerns me.

Perhaps these things are just the symptoms of bigger problems...


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