Reference & Referral



Contact Craig Janney for more information at 770-220-1635 or

 With more than 1,800 partnering churches, 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 résumés on this site, as well as the information submitted by churches, come under our scrutiny before ever making it to the site. Also, we are available to assist you in every step of the process.

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 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 not able to randomly view resumes just as candidates will not have access to the information provided by churches.

As search committees log onto the LeaderConnect site, they will be guided in developing a detailed profile of their church. Candidates will provide information that will generate a professional resume. The information provided by each will be used in a matching process with the selection of resumes of those candidates who might be a good fit for a particular church. Once the matches have been reviewed and approved by the system administrator, they are then sent to churches.

For those who are serving on a search committee, we have compiled a number of resources which are designed to assist you as you go about this task. We hope you will find these useful.

If you are searching for an interim minister, please contact Les Robinson at the Center for Congregational Health

Reference and Referral Resources


Congratulations on being chosen by your church to serve on the pastor (or staff minister) search committee! What an important task is before you. And what great trust and respect your church must have in you to have chosen you to represent them in this way and to act on their behalf.

Our mission at CBF is to "serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission." We are committed to assisting you as you seek the leader who will serve with you in the unique mission of your congregation.

You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. And it is possible that none of your committee members has ever served on a search committee. Whether or not that is the case, it is important for your committee members to get to know each other well. Your trust in one another is of paramount importance as you work together. There is no place on a search committee for personal agendas, unrevealed reservations about the process or a candidate, or power struggles. You will need to bathe the process in prayer and be committed to each other and to the good of the particular Body of Christ whom you represent.

While no two search committees go about the process in the same way, there are resources that can help equip you for the process of finding the man or woman who is truly called to serve with your congregation. We have listed some of them below.

If you wish to advertise your open position, we have also included links to some of the Baptist publications in which you may wish to post an ad.

As you go about your task, know of the prayerful good wishes of those of us at CBF for you and for your church. Let us know when you need us!

Craig Janney (

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

Links for Advertising Your Ministry Position:

Baptists Today
Biblical Recorder (NC)
Baptist News Global
CBF of Georgia
CBF of North Carolina
CBF of Virginia
Truett Theological Seminary, Office of Ministry Connections