Ways to broaden imagination about a “good fit” minister
Truth time: when we imagine “our” minister, we all have expectations, whether we’re aware of them or not. It is important for the search team to spend some time unearthing and examining these norms.
Discuss the following:
- When we think of our next minister, what do we think of? When we picture our next minister, whom do we picture? Be honest. Explore assumptions around experience, education, birthplace, personality type, age, gender, sexual orientation, race, class, and family situation.
- What causes these qualities to come to mind for us?
- How are these traits important to the role? Which traits are irrelevant?
- How will we keep the essentials in mind when we are reading profiles/resumes and interviewing candidates?
Take a walk around the church. Stop in key locations (e.g., sanctuary, office, meeting rooms, classrooms) and pray for the minister’s leadership in each of these areas. Ask God to open your search team to the candidate who will best enable the congregation to live into its purpose.