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We serve sound, biblical, conservative churches and pastoral staff candidates who agree with the following statements.
We believe in the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible in the original manuscripts; the direct six-day creation of the world and its inhabitants; the fall of man into sin; the Triune God in three Persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the incarnation and virgin birth of Jesus Christ; His sinless life and substitutionary atoning death on the cross; His bodily resurrection and ascension; salvation by grace through faith; the necessity of the new birth; the imminent, pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ for His own; the future millennial reign of Jesus Christ on the earth; the eternal destiny of the saved in heaven and the eternal judgment of the unsaved in hell and the lake of fire.
We believe in personal holiness and ecclesiastical separation from apostasy and compromise.
We believe in conservative, reverent worship and church music.
We believe in post-conversion baptism by immersion.
We believe that the sign gifts have ceased.
We believe that God created mankind in two genders, male and female. We believe that marriage is the sacred union of one man and one woman. We believe in the sanctity of every human life, born or unborn.
We believe that only biblically qualified men may serve in the office of pastor.
GFA Church Staffing operates within the theological and historical positions of Gospel Fellowship Association. These positions are articulated in greater depth in GFA's organizational documents. We reserve the right to serve only those whom we believe to be essentially like-minded.
Expectations and Understanding
Candidates should expect that churches will do thorough vetting, including financial and legal background checks. This also includes checking with references provided by the candidate and potentially others. Details can be worked out between the candidate and the church. It is highly unethical for a candidate to seek a new ministry if there are unresolved allegations of immorality, impropriety, indiscretion or financial misdealing. We would not knowingly allow such a candidate to use the GFA Church Staffing service. Churches should expect serious candidates to seek to know their churches as thoroughly as possible. Churches should be forthright with candidates as the relationship develops toward possible employment about the church’s financial and special circumstances. Pastoral search committees should take great care to protect the confidentiality of men seeking ministry positions. We ask that both churches and candidates keep one another posted about the interest they have in each other so that long seasons of uncertainty do not hinder the freedom to continue to search for other possible ministries or candidates.
Both churches and candidates should use the GFA Church Staffing service with knowledge that GFA is not able to provide the thorough checks needed at the employment level and that GFA incurs no liability for issues that could arise. Please inform us at GFA if there is a serious concern with a candidate or church.