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Finding the Right Pastor for Your Church: Ideas for Search Committees

Available from the CBF Resource Center 1-888-801-4223

A Local Church Seeks a Pastor

This notebook is a guide from the time a pastor resigns to the installation of the next pastor. It contains sample letters and forms and includes a progress poster to keep the congregation informed of where the committee is in the process. Some of the items included in the notebook are available for separate purchase.

Published by the United Church of Christ
Note: The UCC is very similar in polity; you will find o­nly slight difference in process and terminology from the Baptist perspective. 
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Crying on Sunday: Surviving Forced Termination in Ministry

Onley addresses one of the greatest eccsiastical tragedies of our day - forced termination of clergy - which is often the result of the division of the church family. Experience the true depth of the strategy as Onley opens her soul and bears the pain of her own terminated husband to public view. By Elaine Herrin Onley

The Alban Guide to Managing the Pastoral Search Process

Pastoral Search teams for congregations in all denominations will find a wealth of information and ideas in The Alban Institute's new guide to the complex task of finding a new pastor. Every step is detailed: forming the search team, keeping the congregation informed, conducting a congregation self-study, communicating with candidates, developing selection criteria, conducting interviews, managing the call in process, and arranging for a smooth transition. Sample letters, forms, and other tools are provided for use in major aspects of the search process. By John Vonhof

So You're on the Search Committee

This guide will help you face the task of searching for new clergy leadership in your congregation. Ketcham (a layperson, consultant and veteran search committee member) presents a "roadmap" of the ways of negotiating them-all in an easy-to-read, question-and-answer format. Makes an excellent gift of support and appreciation for an important and rewarding act of service. By Bunty Ketcham

Saying Goodbye: A Time of Growth for Congregations and Pastors

Leaving a pastorate is hard on both congregation and pastor. Learn how to make this transition a growth experience for all. Written for congregations and pastors, Goodbye skillfully weaves accounts from clergy, laity, and educators of seven denominations with White's own insight ads a former General Presbyter to create a resource for meaningful and healthy partings. Includes examples of a "farewell" worship service and litany for closure of a ministry. By Edward A. White

Running through the Thistles: Terminationg a Ministerial Relationship with a Parish

Can how you leave a church affect your feelings about leaving or create "baggage" you take to your new congregation? Gain insight into termination styles and how they affect both you and your parishioners. Oswald guides you through Alban Institute research findings, using real-life illustrations. By Roy M. Oswald

Critical Momement of Ministry: A Change of Pastors

Discover for yourself what the Alban Institute learned in 18 years of studying congregations-how and why the change of pastors is a critical point in the life and development of the congregation. Among the findings: how clergy and laity each experience the moment of change, the impact of transition on congregations, what processes need attention if change is to produce healthy working relationships, what change can mean dor the congregation's future. By Loren B. Mead

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