Pastoral Placement

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Pastoral Placement

Prior to granting a license, a church should establish policies regarding the licensing procedure.

  1. A church may decide to grant a license to those who are preparing for a career as a pastor or missionary and are in the process of gaining an MDiv. or similar seminary degree.
  2. A church may decide to grant a license to future...

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8 Reasons to Call an Interim Pastor

By Dick Loizeaux

Sometimes when a pastor resigns people say “We have lots of contacts with people who can fill the pulpit. We don’t need an interim pastor. We can’t afford one.”

However, the truth is most churches can’t afford not to utilize an intentional interim pastor. The cost of not using an interim can be very high. Here are just a few:

  1. If your congregation does not properly move through any confusion, grief, or anger surrounding the last pastor’s departure, they may not be healthy enough to conduct an effective pastoral search or to attract a...

10 Signs You Need to Call an Interim Pastor

By Dick Loizeaux

(adapted from Lavern Brown on pastors.com)

1. The pastor is leaving after a lengthy tenure (7 years) and is deeply bonded to the congregation.

2. The church has a history of changing pastors every few years

3. The pastor leaves under duress: he is forced out, quits in frustration, or experiences moral failure

4. The church’s leaders are divided over core issues or burned out

5. There is not enough church staff or...

Converge MidAmerica Pastoral Search Services Welcomes Scott Wilson to Bethel Baptist Church

By Gary Rohrmayer

Wilson Family

In May of 2013, Bethel Baptist Church in Galesburg, IL partnered with Converge MidAmerica to find their next senior pastor.  Bethel was seeking to fill this large leadership void in light of Pastor Lee Johnson’s pending retirement after 26 years of faithful service. Converge...

A New Pastor's Report: Year One

By Ryan Huebner

Note: Over the past 3 years Converge MidAmerica has conducted a half dozen successful pastoral searches on behalf of our churches. Below is an interview with Ryan Huebner who we helped place at CrossPoint church in Ingleside Illinois 15 months ago. 

Ryan, tell us a little about your self.

My wife Julie and I have been married for 15 years and...

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Pastoral Placement, Ordination

The ordination of ministers is generally accepted among Baptists as a necessary function of the local church. Recognition of the fellowship of churches is provided through the ordination council. As the number of churches and pastors multiplies, the need also grows for some uniform principles and practices. Churches need guidance in evaluating...

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Pastoral Placement, Ordination

Because of the growing number of Converge MidAmerica churches, there is a need for a guide that will assist churches in evaluating potential candidates for ordination and a suggested procedure for the ordination process. While the following recommendations are not binding, they will be conducive to good order and effective service.

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