Pastoral Search Journey (Expanded)


It’s not a common occurrence to seek out a new pastor, so pastoral search committees can sometimes feel as though they are inventing the process from scratch. In The Pastoral Search Journey, John Vonhof provides detailed guidance for search committees to ensure a good match between pastor and congregation. This is Vonhof’s third book about the pastoral search-but the first to discuss interim pastors, transitions between pastors, and the use of the Internet and digital media.

Vonhof advises congregational leaders on establishing the search committee; ensuring the congregation is cared for during the pastoral vacancy; conducting the congregational self-study and creating an information packet; finding, communicating with, and interviewing candidates; determining selection criteria as well as evaluating and recommending candidates; managing call negotiations; and finally welcoming the congregation’s new pastor. Sample letters, forms, and other tools are provided.

This book is a revised and expanded version of John Vonhof’s 1999 book, Pastoral Search: The Alban Guide to Managing the Pastoral Search Process.


SKU (ISBN): 9781566994026
ISBN10: 1566994020
John Vonhof
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: December 2010
Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group

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