In extending a call to be the minister, the congregation makes an offer not just of relationship but of true partnership. In this phase, the details of the covenant are finalized in ways that free the minister and the congregation to live toward the vision for the church. Done well, the congregation and minister emerge from this discussion feeling energized and cared for.
The search process does not end with the extension of a call and finalization of a covenant, because the work of helping the new minister transition in is just beginning. In this phase the search team ensures that church members claim responsibility for providing the incoming minister (and family, if applicable) with essential information and assistance. This attention to detail allows the minister to focus more quickly and fully on pastoral tasks and paves the way for a smooth start.