Pastor Search Committee’s Process for FBCM

Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the Pastor Search Committee for First Baptist Church Mansfield is prayerfully committed to seeking the man that God is calling to be our new Senior Pastor.  The following steps are a simple guide to help us in this process, and these steps may be modified as needed to accomplish that purpose.  As a committee, we have agreed that when the day comes to present our choice for Senior Pastor to the whole Church Body, it will be the unanimous decision of the FBCM Pastor Search Committee.  

1.    Step One – Getting Started

 A.  announce vacancy with cut-off date by posting opening for

      senior pastor on SBC and Sbtc websites along with the

      cut-off date to submit résumés

 b.  Receive résumés from prospective candidates

 c.  send a confirmation letter to all candidates whose résumés have

             been received                

        d.  conduct church wide surveys

2.   Step Two – Résumé and Data Assessment

       A.  divide the total number of résumés received into smaller groups

            to be prayed over and reviewed by each member of the pastor

            search committee between the regularly scheduled meetings until

            all résumés have been initially reviewed and discussed

       B.  Identify from each group those candidates to be considered


       C.  Send a second letter to all candidates no longer being considered

       D.  After all the résumés received for the position of Senior Pastor

            have been reviewed and discussed, if the number of prospective

            candidates to be considered further exceeds ten or twelve, then

            this group of résumés will be prayerfully reviewed a second time   

            in order to reduce the number of final candidates

3.    Step Three – First Contact

       A.  Mail the final prospective candidates a questionnaire, and include

            a cut-off date to return the questionnaire

       B.  Those prospective candidates who do not return the questionnaire

            by the cut-off date will be removed from consideration

       C.  Obtain three kinds of sermons from each candidate: evangelistic,

            doctrinal and pastoral

       D.  Narrow the number of candidates after reviewing their responses

            to questionnaires and listening to the sermons they provided

       E.  Send letter to those candidates no longer being considered

4.   Step Four – Getting Serious

       A.  Check the references on résumés of the remaining final candidates

       B.  Obtain secondary references from those originally provided

            by candidates

       C.  Visit in person the Churches of the remaining prospective


       D.  Conduct background checks on prospective candidates

            1)   Financial

            2)  Criminal

            3)  Education verification 

        E.  Send letter to those candidates no longer being considered

5.   Step Five – Making the Final Selection

        A.  The ultimate goal of this step is to prayerfully have one choice

             for our new Senior Pastor to bring before the Church in

             compliance with the FBCM by-laws

        B.  The final number of prospective candidates still under

             consideration will be prayerfully listed in the order that the

             pastor search committee feels lead to pursue the prospective


        C.  Once the pastor search committee has unanimously reached

             a decision on one final candidate for the vacant senior 

             pastor position a formal review will be scheduled with the

             church council, stewardship, and Personnel committees. 

             during this formal review detail information will be presented

             about the candidate by the pastor search committee.

        D.  Send the candidate a letter notifying him that he is the 

             committee's final choice.

        E.  The pastor search committee may Make if necessary a private 

             personal visit with the candidate and his family on the field

        F.  Send a letter to those candidates no longer being considered

6.   Step Six – Confirming God’s Leadership

       A.  The pastor search committee will schedule for the final

            candidate a time to visit to FBCM facilities:

            1)   The purpose of this visit is for him and his family to see the

                 facilities, visit with the search Committee, and evaluate

                 the community.

            2)  During this visit an informal meet and greet fellowship with 

                 the church council and search committee will be scheduled.

            3)  Sometime after the visit, the pastor search committee will

                 present the candidate with a benefits/Salary package developed

                 by the church council, personnel and stewardship committees.

                 A relocation package will be included.

            4)  questions from the candidate in regards to the package will be

                 filtered through the search committee chairman and referred

                 back to the respective committees for response.

            5)  upon acceptance of the package by the candidate a date will be

                 Set for the candidate to come in view of a call.  The search

                 committee will host several opportunities for the candidate

                 to meet various leadership groups during this weekend.

            6)  Candidate Preach in view of call 

            7)  Presentation of candidate to the Church

            8)  Church vote

       b.  Contact the candidate with results of vote

7.   Step Seven – The Final Responsibility of the Search Committee

       A.   Upon acceptance

             1)  Notify the Church when the new Senior Pastor will be moving

                 to the field

             2)  Send a letter to the Church from the new Senior Pastor

       B.   Relocation and Welcome