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When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search: Biblical Principles and Practices to Guide Your Search

When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search: Biblical Principles and Practices to Guide Your Search

At any given time there are thousands of churches seeking a lead pastor. While a great resume, a friendly smile and a memorable sermon will convince many, what should local congregations focus on to find a new shepherd’ Chris Brauns believes to find a great preacher the search must focus on God’s Word and how the candidate relates to it and preaches from it. This book is a must have resource for search committees and church leaders addressing the needs of churches in the transition of pastoral leadership. It assists by approaching their responsibilities in a biblical way and providing critical help in key practical matters. From the initial formation of a search committee to the final terms of agreement with the new pastor, Brauns shows you how to “major on the majors” and away from subjective approaches of evaluating candidates and their sermons. Great also for pastors or pastoral students to know how to prepare, the book includes such practical tools as interview questions for candidates and the top mistakes search committees make.

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is it legal to exclude associate pastor on new senior pastoral search – church based on SBC (southern baptist)?

Question by B l: is it legal to exclude associate pastor on new senior pastoral search – church based on SBC (southern baptist)?
church based on SBC (southern baptist) is looking for new senior pastor but on the ad they wanted somebody who has previous senior pastor experience only. This makes current associate pastor to be excluded for senior pastor nominee. Is my church – based on SBC rule or etc – wrongly by doing this? Shouldn’t everyone including associate pastor be able to apply?

Best answer:

Answer by Justin H
From a legal standpoint, an employer is allowed to specify what qualifications a candidate must have for a job – including education, experience, and specific skills. Unless they are excluding a protected class (age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc), there are no laws dictating what qualifications must be considered for a position.

The only time a protected class can be disqualified is if there is a bona fide reason for the disqualification. For example, excluding men from a position that would include strip searches on female prisoners. Even then, the employer would have to demonstrate that including the protected class would result in an undue hardship for the employer.

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