Pastoral Search Support

Is your church going through a pastoral transition? Or are you a pastor seeking a new call?

The Office of Ministry Services helps pastors and search teams navigate pastoral transitions with hope, energy, and fresh vision.

For churches
For ministers
For classis supervisors

Church leaders and church search teams

Our team can help you navigate the process of a pastoral leadership transition and connect you with the best pastoral candidates for your ministry. We can review and provide feedback on your church profile, help you develop a strategy for discerning which candidates to pursue, share best practices for interviewing, and assist in all aspects of the search process.

If your church is searching for a pastor, contact ministryservices@rca.org.

Church Profile Form

Once you’ve opened the church profile form in your browser, please download the form to your computer and save it under a new name. Then you can proceed to make edits.

To submit your Church Profile, please send the completed form to ministryservices@rca.org.

Download the Church Profile form

Pastoral Search Handbook

identifies effective ways to search for a pastor and is a helpful resource for classis supervisors, consistories, and search teams.

Download the Pastoral Search Handbook

Other Resources

Formulating safe and legal interview questions

“Religious corporations, associations, educational institutions, or societies are exempt from the federal laws that EEOC enforces when it comes to the employment of individuals based on their particular religion. In other words, an employer whose purpose and character is primarily religious is permitted to lean towards hiring persons of the same religion” (see more at Pre-Employment Inquiries and Religious Affiliation or Beliefs).

Pastors looking for a call

Our team can help you find the place to which God is calling you. We can offer feedback and assistance with your minister’s profile, discuss job search strategies, and assist you throughout your search process. We will also keep your profile in our “actively searching” file and, with your permission, provide it to search teams who request it.

If you are a pastor seeking a call, contact ministryservices@rca.org.

Minister Profile Form

Once you’ve opened the Minister Profile form in your browser, please download the form to your computer and save it under a new name. Then you can proceed to make edits.

To submit your Minister Profile, please send the completed form to ministryservices@rca.org.

Download the Minister Profile formDownload the Minister Profile companion piece

Classis supervisors

This video and its accompanying worksheets are intended to be a resource for classis supervisors who will be helping churches go through a time of pastoral transition. Within this resource, you’ll learn what is involved in a healthy transition, and also discover tips and resources to help you guide churches through each stage of the process. The worksheets are intended to help you process information and ask deeper questions as you watch each video.
View the workbook
Session 1 

Introduction


This session offers an introduction to the work of classis supervisors as it relates to pastoral transitions.

Session 2

Closing a Pastoral Relationship


This session discusses the process of closing a pastoral relationship and how a classis supervisor can assist in this work.

Session 3

Reflecting on the Congregation


This session talks about the role of the congregation in a pastoral transition and how a classis supervisor can help them be most effective.
Session 4 

Discerning the Right Candidate


This session offers tips for the pastoral search process.
Session 5

Calling a Candidate and Helping Train the New Pastor


This session discusses the process of calling a new pastor and helping him or her get settled in that new role.