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How Do We Find Our Next Pastor?

Thursday, September 06, 2018
Last Sunday, our church chose 7 qualified people to serve on our new Pastor Search Committee......

Last Sunday, our church chose 7 qualified people to serve on our new Pastor Search Committee. The members include Allison Pauls, Bryan Moler, Lee Pankratz, Judy Banz, Paula Eigsti, Randy Roberts and Brent Wichert. Please pray for them and their work.


To give you an idea of the work ahead of this team, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you a checklist of the process through which they will be working together. Here it is:


  • (Prior preparation completed in the Transition period)
  • Search team members selected for nomination
  • Establish search budget (Council and Budget Committee role)
  • PSC meets for orientation
  • PSC meets with District Minister to review how the District can help with the search
  • Review church information to help determine what kind of candidate is needed
  • Writing of a description for sharing the opening
  • Mobilize the congregation for prayer for the search process
  • Assign PSC members to share progress with the congregation
  • Selection of potential sources ("fishing pools") for finding interested applicants
  • Decide timeline for receiving applicants
  • Decide communication needs for each level of the process (NOTE: Communicate with all applicants at each stage of the process)
  • Selection of what the different levels of information are needed to "narrow the funnel"
  • Survey of the congregation to help determine preferences for candidates
  • Selection of a grid of qualifications to guide the search process
  • Receive training on how to interpret resumes and cover letters
  • Receive resumes and begin processing qualified applicants
  • Decide level 2 applicants to send more questions
  • Creation of personal information form
  • Process applicants using the grid
  • When down to the top 10, acquire references, doctrinal statement, personal information and philosophy of ministry
  • Decide what information to send to the top 10 and send it (could be on-line)
  • Decide of interview questions for first Skype calls
  • Make first Skype call to the top 10
  • Process the top 10 to get down to the top 3
  • Do background checks on the top 3
  • Make second Skype call to the top 3
  • Decide on final candidate
  • Arrange for the final candidate to meet with the MB District Faith and Life Commission
  • Recommend the final candidate to the Church Council
  • Recommend the final candidate to the congregation
  • Plan for the candidating experience
  • Conduct the candidating experience
  • Plan for the installation service
  • Mobilize the congregation to assist the new Pastor in getting settled in Buhler

The W's of the Leadership Retreat

Pastor's Blog

October 18, 2018


On Saturday, November 3rd, we are having a BMBC Leadership Retreat and all ministry leaders are invited.


Here are the facts:


What? The Leadership Retreat is an opportunity to have the ministry leaders at our church gather to hear about and talk about the continued transformation of BMBC and our various ministries.


Who? All ministry leaders and leadership team members are invited. This includes the leaders of our church ministries such as Christian Education, Worship, Wednesday Night Light, Youth, Pastor Search, Renewal Team, Council, Deacons, Life Groups, Kitchen, Sunday School classes, Spiritual Gifts Committee, Missions/Evangelism, Trustees, Children's Church, Communication Team, Decorating Committee, Library Committee, Social Committee, Women's Ministries, Ushers, Greeters, Nursery, etc. Pastor Charlie will be leading the retreat but will be assisted by members of our Renewal Team. If you are a team leader of a ministry and can't come, please get one or two other leaders from your team to come and report back to you.


When? The Retreat takes place on Saturday, November 3rd, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the meeting room of the Dillon Nature Center. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Those who attend will gain maximum benefit for themselves and their ministries if they come for the whole time.


Why? During the last 10 months, the Renewal Team has been seeking to help our church become healthier with a clear mission, vision and core values. These leaders have also been working on developing a "Simple Church" model and currently a disciple-making pathway to help all our ministries and members know how to be part of a church that is serious about spiritual growth by loving God, loving others and making disciples of Jesus. Now is the time to share how all this impact and help all ministries in the church. This retreat will be a call to participate in church and community transformation and will include training and coaching for ministry leaders.