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Initial Candidate Review

This document provides a form that Committee Members can use to take notes as they perform their initial review of the candidate pool.  Committee Membes should bring this form with them to the Round 1 – Initial Selection Meeting.

Initial Selection Meeting Agenda

This document provides a sample agenda for the Round 1 - Initial Selection Meeting where the Committee meets for the first time to discuss the Candidates.  The agenda will help facilitate the process of identifying the Candidates that have the highest level of interest among the Committee.

Round 2 Interview Questions

This document provides a pool of potential questions for the Round 2 - Remote Interview sessions.  The Committee can pick the questiosn that best fit the needs of the congregation and edit as they see fit.

Candidate Rejections

This template provides a series of rejections letters that are approprite worded for each phase of the Minister Hiring Process.  The Point of Contact or Chair can simply copy them to church letterhead or embed them in an e-mail message as needed to provide Candidates with a timely update on their status in the Search.

Round 2 Invitations

This template covers all of the information that the Point of Contact needs to relay to the candidate as they invite them to participate in the Round 2 Interview Process.  It is intentionally designed to impress upon the candidate where they stand in the process and how things will proceed going forward.

Committee Biography

This template helps the Committee put together a brief bio on each member of the Committee along with their picture so that the Candidates can learn a little about the Committee.  Resourceful Candidates will look for points of commonality with the Committee and seek to build bridges to shared relationships and experiences.

Work Review

This template provides the Committee with a structured way to document their review of each Candidate's work.  Each Committee Member should complete the form for each candidate that they review so that by the end of the process, there are numerous review forms on your eventual Nominee.

Reference Checks

This document provides a set of questions for Committee Members to ask when calling the references provided by a Candidate.  The goal is to go beyond the items that the Committee can observe for themselves and to look for attributes that are only apparant to someone that has known them for an extended timeframe.

Round 4 Invitations

This template covers all of the information that the Point of Contact needs to relay to the candidate as they invite them to participate in the Round 4 Interview Process.  It is intentionally designed to impress upon the candidate where they stand in the process and how things will proceed going forward.

In-Person Interview

This template provides a structure and agenda for the Round 4 in-person interview session with the Candidate. These questions are designed to engage the Candidate in a discusssion and to see how they think and what they really believe when hit with a situation common to ministry.


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
I was grateful for the guidance of Minister Match through the complex and time-intensive search process. John was responsive, supportive and knowledgable. Communication was excellent and flexible around my availability as a volunteer search ...
Brandon Clark - Youth Minister Search Committee Chairman, Mesa Church of Christ
The process was well marketed and we were provided ample information to help explain the steps to the congregation.  The book that accompanied the information was very valuable and I referred to it often during the process.  As the search team ...
Bill Gaw - Search Committee Chariman, Waterford 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
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
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
Minister Match was kind to me, followed up really well, and tried to be as helpful as possible. I believe they give a lot of attention to the candidates and care about their part of the process.
Kerry Williams - Minister, Waterford 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
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
Minister Match helped us hire a new minister in half the time we took for our previous hire.  We used the Minister Match process which helped us build a consensus of what we wanted.  Minister Match's network then helped us to build an ...
Tom Long - Search Committee Chairman, South Fork Church of Christ

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ABC Blocks

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.