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The Pastoral Search Journey: A Guide to Finding Your Next Pastor

The Pastoral Search JourneyOriginally self-published as Managing the Pastoral Search Process, the book was picked up by The Alban Institute in 1999. They published it as The Alban Guide to Managing the Pastoral Search Process. Then in 2010, a revision was published as The Pastoral Search Journey.

Consider three facts of church life. Every church, at some point, will have to have to conduct a pastoral search. Most church boards, with their ever changing leadership, have little experience in forming a search team. Most members of newly appointed search teams have never participated in a search effort and have no idea where to begin.

The magnitude of tasks required to conduct an effective pastoral search process can be staggering. Church boards need to understand what they are responsible for and how to form the search team. Newly formed teams need to understand the strategy of a search process, the order of the multitude of tasks, and how to manage the search.

In order to best function as a search team, it is suggested that each team member have their own copy. Every member then is on the same page and understands the process.


  • © 2010 by The Alban Institute
  • Author: John Vonhof
  • ISBN: 978-1-56699-402-6
  • 168 pages
  • 6 x 9
  • $17.00

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