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The only search firm focused exclusively on the churches of Christ!


Guided Search

Minister Search Services

We partner with your Search Committe to facilitate our Minister Hiring Process™ and develop a deeper candidate pool...
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Equip Your Search Committee

Arm your committee with the Minister Hiring Process™, the Search Committee Handbook, Training, Workshops, Consulting...
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Find Your Calling

Search the Jobs Database, Create a Profile in Our Minister Database, Update Your Resume, or Connect with a Career Coach...
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Sample Documents

The forms and letters that bring the Search Committee Handbook and the Minister Hiring Process™ to life and reduce your workload...


Don Viar, MBA, CPA (inactive)
Founder & CEO

Welcome To Minister Match,
The Church of Christ Search Firm!

My name is Don Viar and I founded Minister Match to be THE church of Christ search firm and go to resource for congregations engaged in the minister search process. While serving on a search committee at our home congregation in 2014, I was surprised by the lack of information, training and support available to help church of Christ congregations find, evaluate and hire ministers. In my experience, I discovered several needs:

    • The need for guidance and best practices on how to best conduct the search for new ministers, preachers and evangelists.
    • The need for training amongst elders, deacons, and search committee members on their unique roles in the search process.
    • The need for sample letters, forms, interview questions and other templates to facilitate the search process.
    • Most importantly, we saw the need for some form of an “executive search firm” that could step in and help a congregation conduct a preacher or minister search if needed.

Minister Match fulfills these needs with a spectrum of services designed to fit congregations of every size and budget. Whether it be our full-service Guided Search program or our free self-service training and templates, we can help you in your search.

Thank you for your interest in Minister Match and if I can ever be of service, please don’t hesitate to call upon me.

Yours in Service,


Minister Search Services

Whether you use our Guided Search or our Congregation self-service resouces, we want to help you find the right minister.

Church of Christ Focused

Owned and operated by members of the Churches of Christ exclusively focsed on the staffing needs of the Lord's Church.

Confidence You Can Trust

Confidentiality for the candidate and the congregation is at the core of our process.

Contact Information

Minister Match
410 South Lowe Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38501
(931) 881-3930
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New Direction

Elders’ jobs are not easy, especially when it comes to letting go of a minister. Elders have the responsibility of caring for every soul in their congregation, and sometimes it is necessary for them to have that difficult conversation with a minister when he is leading these people astray through his teaching or conduct or when his work is simply not contributing to the members’ spiritual growth. There are justifiable reasons for an eldership to let go of their minister, and sometimes it is in the congregation’s best interest for them to do so.

What an eldership needs to be sure of, though, is that there actually is a good reason that it is not in the congregation’s best interest to keep their current minister. For the majority of the ministers who contact us after having their emplyment terminated, this is unfortunately not the case. From our experience, the most common reason for a minister’s termination, at least for pulpit ministers, is not unsound teaching, immorality, or even ineffectiveness. It is just that the elders decided on “a new direction” for the congregation. What does that even mean?