Here at Trinity CRC in Anchorage, AK, we just wrapped up a pastor search process. Here are five things we believe helped our search process be a successful and edifying experience for all of us! 

October 4, 2017 1 1 comments

Where can I find the procedures, established or suggested, for inviting a pastor?

August 16, 2017 0 2 comments

So, your church is looking for a pastor! Where do you begin? What do you need to know? Who can you talk to? In response to these questions, we are excited to introduce a new process called PastorSearch. 

June 1, 2017 0 0 comments

I am a member of a search committee and am looking for the names and profiles of candidates graduating Calvin Seminary this year that are going to be eligible for call. Is this posted somewhere?

February 20, 2017 0 4 comments

I'm on a search committee and we could really use a database of not only pastors available for call, but also churches that are looking to hire a pastor. Does anyone know of such a resource? 

January 19, 2017 0 1 comments
Resource, Guide or Toolkit

This manual will assist search committees and councils as they search for a new pastor.

January 17, 2017 0 0 comments

I'm on the search committee for a pastor at my church and we are looking for sample evaluation forms to use when we go to hear a pastor preach. Got any ideas?

January 16, 2017 0 1 comments

This new topic is a place where members of Pastor Search Committees can correspond with each other, share resources and best practices, and even share frustrations.

January 10, 2017 0 0 comments

 As the current pastor at this church I agree with everything in this article. It is worth noting that the first two are entirely the councils responsibility. The stable s I agree with everything in this article. It is worth noting that the first two are entirely the councils responsibility.  Establishing clear direction on the nature of an acceptable candidate and appointing a truly representative committee are vital. Regarding the fourth item,  each search committee should work with the system to be able to filter through applications and profiles in a way that honors the council's direction. 

I was able to find a conversation on The Network about putting together a package to call a pastor (including a Letter of Call) here. It looks like the Letter of Call is now available in Word format for easy editing.

Jeanne, would you recommend any other resources? If so, would you be willing to share on The Network in case others have the same question as Yong Choi? 

Hello, Yong Choi,

I'd be happy to learn more about your request and have a conversation with you regarding this need.  You can contact me at




Hi, Wendy,

I understand that the list of 2017 candidates will be available in early March.  Just keep checking the link on the Candidacy website where they will be posted.



This is the 2016 list. I realize the 2017 list might not be ready yet, but I hope it will be uploaded and shared soon so that churches looking for seminary candidates will also be given contact information for those graduating this May.

Shawn, I may be proven wrong, but I doubt that a comprehensive database of pastors open to receiving a call will ever br available. Why? Because as soon as it becomes known in the church they are currently serving, their ability to lead effectively would largely end.

Advertise the position at The Network and in The Banner, and solicit names from the Ministerial Information Service. It's not perfect, but it can be productive.


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