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Search Budget

This document provides budgetary guidance for the elders as they plan their search for a new minister.  It includes both a pro-forma financial statement as well as a detailed description and discussion of each line item.

Committee Charge

This document provides a template for the elders' "charge" to the search committee. Through this document, the elders clearly define the scope of authority that they are conveying to the committee and when the committee's work will be done.

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Member Commitment

This document outlines the responsibilities that come with serving on a minister search committee.  Share it with potential committee members and ask them to sign it as evidence of their agreement and understanding of their commitment.  NOTE: There are two optional paragraphs that will need to be edited depending on whether or not you are working with a search firm.

Member Information Sheet

This is a basic form that can be used to gather basic contact information and background information from the Committee Members. This information can help the Committee Members get to know each other on a more personal level and develop common bonds as they prepare for the search process.  The same information can later be used to help compile the Committee Biographies that you share with Candidates.

Meeting Agendas

This document provides a template for the Search Committee Meeting Agendas.  The Chair should customize this document as needed and share it with Committee Members ahead of each Committee Meeting.

Initial Committee Meeting Agenda

This initial Committee Meeting Agenda template will help the Chair plan for their first meeting.  The initial meeting is unlike those that follow in that there is a lot of information to cover and that this meeting sets the tone for those that follow.  This meeting should start and end on time and maintain a proficient pace throughout.  

Preliminary Meeting Schedule

This document provides a template for your Search Committee meeting schedule.  The dates shown are relative to a January 1, 2017 starting date and can be adjusted as needed to fit your schedule.  

Testimonials

I strongly encourage ministers to take advantage of the expertise of the folks at Minister Match to help put together a high quality resume. They will help you identify strong points you didn't even know you have! I am extremely satisfied with the ...
Joel Shelton - Commerce Church of Christ
I think that because of the format that was there and the process that we followed, it made us stand out to our quality group of finalists who had other lines in the water looking for opportunities. When it came time to offer our finalist the ...
Joel Shelton - Search Committee Chairman, Commerce Church of Christ
Our Search Committee is so grateful that we used Minister Match when we needed to hire our new Youth Minister. Minister Match assisted us in recruiting many serious candidates (over 30) that fit what our congregation was looking for. The ...
Jorge Acebo - Search Committee Chairman, Sunset Church of Christ
We would like to thank you for your efforts to make the minister hiring process simple and well defined. The congregation here has not been through the minister hiring process in sixteen years and had little experience left for trying to do so. We ...
Jim Burdette - Elder, Frederick Church of Christ
It was a great process for me. Minister Match did a good job of keeping confidentiality in collecting information, and the communication process was very clear. The staff was very easy to deal with and very helpful. Overall the experience was very ...
Joel Soumar - Youth Minister, Mesa Church of Christ
Minister Match connected me with a church, had the details for every aspect of the process already taken care of, and communicated well. It was a very easy process, and now I am a youth minister in Miami, Florida!  I was very impressed with the ...
Sam Wilson - Youth Minister, Sunset Church of Christ
From my standpoint as one of the elders, I can say we were pleased with the process, and feel the time and money spent was well worth it. We felt we received excellent service from your firm, and because we were among the first to use your service ...
Bob Perkins - Elder, Sunset Church of Christ
Minister Match did an excellent job connecting me with a congregation that I would not have known about otherwise.  Don Viar did an excellent job representing my concerns to the search committee and did an excellent job communicating their concerns ...
Drew Baker - Preaching Minister, South Fork Church of Christ
We had a very good experience with Minister Match.  This was not the first time we had searched for a minister, but it was the first time we used a search firm.  Our experience with Minister Match was a complete success.  In previous searches, we ...
Jim Holway - Minister, Sunset Church of Christ
The candidate pool for our need was something we had to work to develop but Don was insistent we wait for God's guidance and let it fill up when our human nature wanted to start right away. This served us well since our best qualified candidate ...
Jon Bouley - Family Minister Search Committee Chairman, Mesa Church of Christ

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Your congregation has just hired a minister, and it seems like they are the perfect fit. Congratulations! There is one more step to the process, though, and it is just as important as the process of finding the right minister. You might have heard people refer to how the “first hundred days” of someone’s job usually sets the tone for their entire career with that organization. The same is true with ministers. Just as your congregation is going through a major transition, so is your new minister. The first few months of a job are a stressful time, and it is the job of the elders and search committee to help your new minister through their transition.

We refer to this as the “On-Boarding Stage.” Since the “first hundred days” is so important to the rest of a minister’s career with your congregation, we believe this stage is one of the keys to reducing minister turnover in the church. In this post, we want to talk about a few of the things that a new minister needs from their congregation during this transition period. We will refer to them as the ABC’s of the On-Boarding Phase.