Best practices

  • Following denominational/judicatory/congregational protocols for selecting or electing a search team and search team leader
  • Pinpointing the optimal number of search team members
  • Looking for search team members that are:
    • Not lobbying to be on the search team (indicates an agenda)
    • Respected by the congregation
    • Engaged with the congregation
    • Spiritually mature
    • Able to work well with others
    • Able to balance personal loyalties with the needs of the whole congregation
    • Willing to be candid and confidential
    • Enthusiastic
    • Available to attend meetings and complete team assignments
    • Representative of different gifts and demographics
    • Unrelated to one another (exception for family size churches)
  • Considering the appointment of a search team chaplain or spiritual guide (non-voting member who helps team stay grounded in spiritual practices)