Search timeline expectations

Search timelines vary according to factors such as how much closure is needed with previous minister, what ministry position is open (senior minister searches can take longer than associate minister searches), how recently your church conducted a search (some of the self-study aspects may carry over from another search, if done in the last couple of years), how involved your judicatory expects to be, and how big the pool of good-fit candidates is. Here are the typical ranges for well-conducted searches.