When it was originally published, the Searching for the Called materials included a list of reasons your church might choose to use them. It did not include an assessment to help congregations assess whether this approach to ministerial searches is right for them. This checklist is now available.
Searching for the Called is best suited for congregations that resonate with the statements below:
There is high trust and good communication among the congregation and its leaders.
While eager to call a new minister, the congregation and its leaders are ready to take the time needed to search well.
The congregation and its leaders understand the search as a spiritual process, one in which God is at work and through which people can grow in relationship with God and one another.
The congregation and its leaders are willing to be curious about what God is up to, to wrestle with hard questions about the church’s past, present, and future, and to be open to the unexpected.
The congregation and its leaders want to encourage all candidates they encounter and bless the larger church through the search process.
The congregation and its leaders view the pastor-parish relationship as one of mutual ministry and care.
The judicatory affirms all of the above and supports the congregation in utilizing Searching for the Called.
[Note that the term “congregational leaders” includes the search team (once formed) as well as such standing decision-making bodies as deacons, elders, vestry, session, board, council, etc.]