Supporting Women and Ethnic Minority Leaders in the Pastoral Call Process


What could be done to improve our support for women and ethnic minority leaders when they are seeking a pastoral or ministerial call?

This is the question being asked by the offices of Candidacy, Classis Renewal, Leadership Development: Women's and Ethnic Ministry, and Pastor Church Resources. 

We're aware of what's working, and what's not working, when it comes to connecting churches with pastors and pastors with churches. But are there some things we can do better? Might there be an opportunity for church counselors to assist in improving the support of women and ethnic minority clergy? 

As a next step, we are seeking feedback from churches and pastors. We want to hear stories of how women and ethnic minorities have felt supported in the search process. Do you have examples of churches and ministries that have been intentional about seeking out women and ethnic minority clergy in the search process?

Here’s what we’re thinking and how you might help:

  • Share how your church was intentional about reaching out to women and ethnic minorities
  • Imagine how we can improve our support to churches and individuals seeking a call 
  • Email Denise Posie ([email protected]) if interested in joining a facilitated 2-hour video conference call exploring this topic further (date to be determined after gathering responses) 

Thanks for your valuable feedback! 

David Koll, Candidacy

Al Postma, Classis Renewal

Denise Posie, Leadership Development: Women’s and Ethnic Ministry

Dave Den Haan and Cecil VanNiejenhuis, Pastor Church Resources

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