Does your theology drive your search process for a pastor or staff members? My church is currently accepting applications for two full-time staff positions. Someone may ask: "We have a person in a different position at church--why can't they just move into the new Community/Member Life position?" or " We have an interim person in the Discipleship position who is doing a great job--why can't we just hire them for the new Discipleship/Spiritual Formation position?"
We have a search process for a purpose: a well-defined process helps us as a church to discern God's will. If we just hired a person, we would be hiring in our "human ways" rather than specifically seeking God's will by opening up the positions to see what God desires. We hope and pray that we as a church are following His will and that this process may honor God. We ask for his blessing and pray for His discernment.
Does your search process fit with your theology? We all hope to honor God in the process but our sinfulness gets in the way so easily. We need to continue to pray for God's leading to keep us on the right path.
Share how your search process followed your theology.