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Minister Match Releases "The Search Committee Handbook"

A step-by-step guide to a proven hiring process for the churches of Christ.


Cookeville, Tennessee - June 6, 2015 – Minister Match today released their first book written by company founder Don Viar. This new handbook expands upon the principles outlined in The Minister Hiring Process released this past April. The book provides practical step-by-step guidance on how to hire a minister within the church of Christ fellowship.

“While struggling through a minister search at my home congregation in 2014, I realized the great need for a structured hiring process within the church,” said Viar.  This book teaches a search committee how to find, evaluate and hire ministers in a way that is consistent with the church governance model used by most church of Christ congregations.  The goal is to help congregations attract great candidates and make better hiring decisions that lead to long term ministry tenures and greater stability in local congregations.

Beyond the information in the handbook, the company also announced the release of over 40 document templates that bring The Minister Hiring Process to life.  These templates cover topics such as interview questions, meeting agendas, and correspondence with candidates. Each template is discussed in detail within the Handbook and available for a free download from the Minister Match website(

The Search Committee Handbook is available for sale on the Minister Match website ( as well as at many leading retailers such as 


About Minister Match

Minister Match is an "executive search firm" focused on helping the churches of Christ fill their ministerial positions.  We provide comprehensive educational, informational and consultative resources for congregations and ministers to help both parties find their right fit.  We believe that long-term ministers lead to healthier congregations and ultimately more people living in faithful obedience to Christ. You can learn more about Minister Match by visiting our website at

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Cookeville, Tennessee 38501
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410 South Lowe Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38501

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.