How to Pray for your Pastor Search Committee
Pray for your Pastor Search Committee:
Pray for patience. Commit to waiting for God’s timing.
Pray that your search committee will have the mind of Christ and agree. Much of the process is subjective. Personal opinions and preferences are involved. Differences can divide. In challenging the Philippians about unity, Paul pointed them to the example of Jesus (Philippians 2:1-12). Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5). It is so easy for us consciously, or more often, unconsciously to bring our own agendas to church business.
Pray for wisdom to choose the right person. For now it is enough to think about the below to passage and understand that your decision as a search committee will require a renewing of your mind so that you have wisdom. Notice that if your mind is to be renewed, then your committee will each need to spend regular time in God’s Word.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2, NIV).
Pray for discipline as a search committee and as individuals. The search process will require a great deal of follow through on the parts of individuals. It will also require that you stay with your agenda during meetings and do not constantly digress or retrace decisions you have already made.
Pray for your next pastor:
Pray that God would increase this pastor’s passion for preaching the Word of God.
Pray that God would give this pastor a love for your church and the strength to leave a current position.
Pray that your next pastor would begin new relationships at your church in the right way, even during the search process.
Pray that God would prepare your pastor to better shepherd your flock through the trials and blessings the pastor currently faces.
Pray for your next pastor’s family. Of course, this person may be single or married. Your next pastor may have children or not. God knows all that. Pray that God, who knows who they are, would give them strength as they consider leaving their current setting and going to a different church or beginning pastoral ministry for the first time.
Pray for the people in your church:
Pray for patience. The search process can go on longer than expected. It is hard for people doing the work. It is also difficult for those who must wait without knowing exactly what is going on. Pray that your people would trust the leadership as the process takes place.
Pray that your people would place a priority on biblical preaching. It is easy to gravitate to personality or programs or a particular age. Pray that, above all, you would call a pastor who will proclaim the Word without apology.
Pray that your people would not react to a previous pastor. Some churches struggle with wanting a pastor who is like their old one (they had a good experience). Other churches want someone who is just the opposite.
Prayer is so important. Pray and then pray some more. Cry out to God and ask Him to thrust forth for you a shepherd who will feed your flock for years and years to come.
Adapted with permission from: Chris Brauns, When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search; Moody Publishers, 2011 (http://chrisbrauns.com/2007/10/praying-as-a-pastoral-search-committee/)