Your congregation is about to depart on a great faith adventure.
When your pastor leaves, either through resignation or retirement, these are the steps we recommend for the congregation to follow to call a new pastor.
Notify the Southwest Regional Minister (817-926-4687 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or your Area Minister of the Upcoming Ministry Change
Celebrate the Completion of a Ministry
Call a Transitional Pastor
Appoint a Search Committee
Start the Process of Search & Call
Select a Candidate
Make a Call
Prepare for the New Minister
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest hopes that when you complete your work at least three things will have been accomplished:
You are excited about the person the committee has recommended to the board and congregation, and you believe God was a part of the call,
You have gotten to know and appreciate your colleagues better, and
You have found that this has been a positive spiritual experience.
Resources for these steps are listed in next column and can be downloaded as PDFs.
Resources (most documents will open in a new window, and you may choose to download or print out)
Seeking a Pastor (Search & Call Manual) [Congregational Survey from this manual]
Congregational Profile Form Fillable PDF (Revised October 2017) / Perfil Congregacional (revisado por G.C.O.M. – Febrero, 2003) / Congregational Profile Form in Word (Revised October 2017)
Instructions for Completing the Congregational Profile Form (Revised January 2017)
Initial Letter of Call (2017 update) / Carta de Llamado y Acuerdo (2015 update)
Pastoral Relations Committee Guide (Revised 4/30/2015)
Sabbatical Guidelines (2005 revision)