Matching pastors to churches

Churches are searching for pastors. Pastors are looking for churches. Making the connection can be quite challenging for many on both sides of the equation. Sure there’s a spiritual dimension to all of this– being a pastor is a “calling,” (whatever that might mean in a particular faith tradition) layered with much prayer for discernment and provision. Yet in the real-world concrete and tangible reality, there is that job component, when a church pastor is a paid religious professional.

There are a bunch of search engines / directories/ listings working to make this connection, for pastors looking for a ministry opportunity, and for churches looking for a pastor to fill a staff position, along with other church staff jobs. (note: listing does not connote endorsement) ::

And, there are professional services that help make the connection for churches and staff. They’re able to put together a professional nationwide search for church staff positions. And, these are the consulting groups I know of that do church staff searches:

Aside: this ehow.com article, How to Work for a MegaChurch, gives sobering advice about working in a church setting. Set your idealism aside — “If you think working for a church will be peaceful and idyllic, you’re deluding yourself. Pastors and church staff members are as inherently flawed as the rest of the world. If your desire to work for a MegaChurch stems from the belief that you’ll be in a conflict free office environment, think again.

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  1. Vern Sanders says:

    Thanks for the listing of Creator’s list. I think that there are even more layers of nuance when it comes to matching churches with church musicians and worship leaders.

    Blessings,

    vs

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