As the Fellowship exists to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission, we believe that a church which has found the particular person God intends to serve as pastor or in a staff leadership role is poised to do great ministry and witness in the community, in the nation, and around the world as they fulfill that mission. That person will, in turn, be a tremendous blessing to that local church and its ministry and witness.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Reference and Referral work connects gifted ministers and passionate congregations across the Fellowship. CBF harnesses the relationships of CBF staff members in key strategic ministry areas and creates a team that works closely with ministers and churches.
The CBF staff will work in strictly confidential sessions as a team and with ministers and churches, as well as handling administration and providing timely responses to questions related to ministers and churches getting into the process.
Below is information about the process for both ministers and churches. Please review the appropriate information carefully, as it will guide you in making the most of CBF’s Reference and Referral services.
CBF Reference and Referral is a free service to ministers and churches that is supported by financial gifts from individuals and churches to CBF. We are always available to assist both ministers and churches in every step of the process. For more information or assistance, contact CBF's Director of Ministerial Transitions, Jay Kieve, at 803-767-3456 or email@example.com.
Beginning the Process with CBF
CBF Reference and Referral utilizes an in-house resume-matching service called LeaderConnect.
Developing a well-defined profile for both the candidate and the church requires that we ask many questions. Some of the questions will not apply to your particular situation, but we have tried to be thorough in asking relevant questions to help refine the matching process as accurately as possible. Please answer as many questions as are appropriate, and don’t hesitate to contact the Reference and Referral staff if you have any questions or comments.
Strict confidentiality is provided in that churches are unable to review all resumes, just as candidates will not have access to all of the information provided by churches.
If you are creating a candidate or church profile in LeaderConnect, please make sure that you white list firstname.lastname@example.org in your email system so that you receive all communication from our team. Unfortunately, LeaderConnect emails are frequently sent to spam, especially in Gmail, so please white list our email and check your spam regularly to ensure you are receiving all communication.
Below is an overview of the process for both candidates and churches.
As a candidate logs onto the LeaderConnect site, they will provide information that will generate a professional profile. Once the Reference and Referral team receives the candidate’s profile, the candidate will receive email confirmation of the profile’s entrance into the system and a follow-up phone call from a member of the Reference and Referral team.
The information provided by the candidate will then be used in a matching process, which identifies churches for which the candidate might be a good fit. As the matches are reviewed and verified by the Reference and Referral team, the candidate’s resume and profile summary will be sent to the search committee contact for their matching churches. The candidate will also receive an email notification each time their resume is sent to a church.
The Reference and Referral team will then be in contact and available to follow-up and further assist the candidate as needed throughout the process.
As a search committee logs onto the LeaderConnect site, they will be guided in developing a detailed profile of their church, including the available position. Once the Reference and Referral team receives the church’s profile, the church will receive email confirmation of the profile’s entrance into the system. A member of the Reference and Referral team will then reach out to the search committee contact listed in the profile to review the profile and position details, ensuring all information is correct and gaining a deeper understanding of the search committee’s needs, desires, and location in the process.
The information provided by the search committee will then be used in a matching process with the selection of resumes of those candidates who might be a good fit for the church. Once the matches have been reviewed and verified by the Reference and Referral team, they will be sent to the search committee contact.
The Reference and Referral team will then be in contact and available to follow-up and further assist the search committee and church as needed throughout the process.
For those who are serving on a search committee, we have compiled a number of resources (below) which are designed to assist you as you go about this task. We hope you will find these useful.
If your church and committee are searching for an interim minister, please contact Robin Danner at the Center for Congregational Health. Robin can be reached at email@example.com or 336-716-9722.
Search Committee Resources
List of Resources:
- Ten Commandments for Search Committees
- Reading-Resource List for Search Committees
- Pastor Profiling
- Background Checks - Why the Necessity
- Avoiding Hiring Mistakes
- Interviewing a Candidate
- Writing the Perfect Job Description
- Choosing Your Next Clergy Leader
- Search Committee Guide (Baptist General Convention of Texas)
- Questions for Search Committees
- The Pastor Search – One Church’s Story
- Strengthening the Church During a Staff Search
- Maintaining Confidentiality in Search Committees