Office of Ministry Services

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. We also have resources 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.

The newly updated Pastoral Search Handbook is an excellent resource for assisting in your search process.

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.

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’s 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 Minister’s Profile, please send the completed form to ministryservices@rca.org.

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.
Session 1 video:
This session offers an introduction to the work of classis supervisors as it relates to pastoral transitions.

Session 2 video:
This session discusses the process of closing a pastoral relationship and how a classis supervisor can assist in this work.

Session 3 video:
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 video:
This session offers tips for the pastoral search process.

Session 5 video:
This session discusses the process of calling a new pastor and helping him or her get settled in that new role.