Calling a Pastor

February 25th, 2009

Calling someone to come and be the Pastor of your church can be an interesting time for a congregation. I have been part of a church who have called someone to come and do the job and I have actually been on the other end when the church called me and my family.

Throughout this process of initial conversations, interviews, guest speaking spots and meeting the members both parties try to get to know each other to see if the Pastor or Minister will be a right fit for the congregation.

Now most church goers have our own preconceived ideas of what a Pastor should or shouldn’t do. If I am looking for a Pastor here’s a few things I would look for…

  • Someone with a  strong personal relationship with God and follows Him daily
  • Someone who prays regularly for themselves and others
  • Someone who has an understanding of and can teach from the Bible
  • Someone who has a real love for people and wants what is best for them
  • Someome who is committed to evangelism and making disciples
  • Someone who walks in intergrity and can be an example to others
  • Someone who can lead a church as part of a leadership team
  • Someone who has a track record of service and caring for others
  • Someone who sees everyone in the congregation as ministers and tries to equip them for service
  • Someone who feels called to the region and the church (especially important in country areas)

Now these are just some things off the top of my head. But these are the things I would be looking for in a potential minister. However, not every sees all of these as important and many would have their own list.

I think the key when selecting a potential Minister for your church is to pray and ask God that the right person would come and that you would recognise them.

When selecting a Minister we need to remember the story of Samuel and David (1 Samuel 16:1-13). Samuel had to look through all Jesse’s sons until he came to David. When he saw David and God said annoint him, he did.