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Selection Phase

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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
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
The Minister Match team was very professional. The entire process was very transparent. It was structured and organized, which made it a whole lot easier. I felt that the team also had a genuine concern for the Lord's church and His ministers. ...
Joshua Duboise - Family Minister, Mesa 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
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
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 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
I was so happy when Minister Match reached out to me about a potential job. I consider Minister Match an answer to my prayers.
Clay Tidwell
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
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

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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.