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Before You Move: A Guide to Making Transitions in the Ministry, John Cionca
Particularly helpful for prospective candidates, though churches will also find it beneficial. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, 2004, now out of print but can be found online. This is a revised and expanded edition of the previously published title Red Light, Green Light: Discerning the Time for a Change in Ministry, 1994.
In Search of God’s Man: A Help for Pulpit Committees, Douglas E. Devore
142-page guide published in 2002 by Bob Jones University Press in Greenville, SC.
The Right Pastor: Seeking God’s Man for Your Church, Wesley E. Johnson
112-page workbook filled with helpful advice, charts, and sample forms. Published by Regular Baptist Press.
Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook, William Vanderbloemen
This short book lays out the pastoral search process clearly and offers many helpful ideas. Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 2016.
Church Law and Tax Store
You will find helpful resources regarding church staff compensation, church finance and administration, and legal issues.
RE: CHURCH episodes
RE: CHURCH is a GFA podcast to encourage pastors and church leaders as they refocus, renew, and revitalize their churches.
Helps for Churches and Candidates
You will find a variety of practical articles by Bruce McAllister to help you in your search for God’s will. (Helps can also be accessed through the link at the top of your screen.)
GFA Church Consulting
Churches in transition will profit from "outside eyes and ears" as they prepare for a new pastor. Read about this ministry here, and contact Dr. Marsh Fant for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803.517.3701.
Resources for Churches and Church Planting
The website of Baptist Mid-Missions School of Church Planting has extensive helpful resources for independent Baptist churches. Please note the article on church mergers near the bottom of the list (click here).
Church Representative Tools