What does a call for a pastor look like?

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How does your church or denomination do a call for a new pastor?
 

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How does your church or denomination do a call for a new pastor?
Apart from the Anglicans, all the denominations I have been involved with have networked through their national and international offices, who advertise a vacancy which attracts applicants. Local assemblies can set customised criteria for approval, and of course each denomination has its own ordination and qualification standards which must be met.

It is quite common in NZ for accreditations with one denomination to be accepted with another. eg. An ordained Presbyterian pastoring a Methodist congregation. An ordained AOG pastoring an Apostolic congregation etc.

Anglican clergy are appointed by the Bishop of a Diocese. Three to six year rotations are normal but exceptions do allow longer terms. I know this because my father was an Anglican clegyman for over 40 years.
 

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1. The congregation informs the District President (what we call the bishop) of the vacancy (or impeding vacancy). A Call Committee is appointed by the congregation.

2. The District President (and/or his representative) visit with the congregation, outlining the process of Calling and discussing temporary pastoral care. There may be an "interim ministry" of some months to help the congregation evaluate its situation and needs; specially trained pastors often serve during this time.

3. The District President sends the congregation a list of candidates (perhaps a dozen). These are typically men he believes would best serve the congregation, but they may simply be men who are "ready" to move on or who need to (the current congregation is in financial crisis, a health issue, etc.). Each of them has prepared documents and answered questions and this is shared with the congregation; additionally, the District President shares his evaluations (strenghs, weaknesses, special training and/or experiences, etc.). The congregation has the right to add names to this list (but not commonly done) and the DP will supply the same for these men.

4. Typically the congregation "interviews" the men on the list. The first "round" is generally via email, the second "round" typically done via Zoom. The Call Committee often narrows the list down to 2-3. Often, these are brought to the congregation for a face-to-face meeting (and often a chance for the membership to meet them). The Call Committee may simply present these 2-3 to the whole congregation OR it may actually recommend one of the men.

5. The congregation has a special meeting to choose who will be Called. Usually this is a simply majority vote but some churches require a 2/3's vote. After the choice is made, it is made unanimous by the whole church affirming a Call will be sent to this one.

6. The District President is so informed. Call documents are sent to the pastor.

7. The Called pastor is expected to consider this and to render a decision within a month or so. He (and his family) often choose to visit t he church and community (if they didn't in step 4) and the congregation pays for this visit. He also informs his present congregation that he has received a Call to another church.

8. If the pastor accepts the Call, he is quickly installed. If not, the congregation can start over with a new Call List or it an simply continue by presenting names from the current list to the congregation.




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How does your church or denomination do a call for a new pastor?

My church has a pastoral search committee that is looking for someone to replace our pastor, who is retiring within the next couple of years.

The process involves finding candidates and getting to know them before the congregation is presented with any options at all. I'm not familiar with the details of how that works - as a member of the congregation I'm not likely to know the details until we're presented with some options, and we aren't there yet.
 
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