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The Minister Hiring Process™

Thank you for your interest in our Minister Hiring Process. This is the process we advocate in our self-driven search training program. It is at the heart of what we do and if followed correctly can be the key to better results for you in your minister search.

The Need

Have you been asked to help with the search for a new minister? If so, you probably have a lot of questions such as: 

  • Where do you start? 
  • What sort of steps should you take in the search process? 
  • What do the elders need to do? 
  • How do you form a search committee? 
  • How do you find the best candidates? 
  • Are there any resources out there that can help us?

We created The Minister Hiring Process™ to help you answer these questions and avoid the pitfalls that most congregations encounter when searching for a new minister.

The Process

The Minister Hiring Process™ was based on search models used over the last 30 years in the business and academia worlds for the hiring of senior executives and university officials. Minister Match took these models and adapted them to the unique nature of hiring a minister within the churches of Christ. The result is a proven 5 phase process designed to help you:

  • Create a focused and driven search process
  • Form a representative search committee
  • Clearly define what you want in the next minister
  • Develop outstanding candidates
  • Create a highly interactive environment where the candidates and committee really get to know each other
  • Reduce the risk of a candidate rejecting your offer
  • Increase your odds of making a fantastic long term hire


To help you learn more about the Minister Hiring Process we have created a series of publications, webinars and training seminars. When you are ready to learn more:

  • Download the "Minister Hiring Process - Overview" using the link shown on the top right of this page.
  • Order a copy of The Search Committee Handbook

Learn More 

Download your FREE copy of the
"Minister Hiring Process™ - Overview

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Contact Information

Minister Match
410 South Lowe Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38501

ABC Blocks

Your congregation has just hired a minister, and it seems like they are the perfect fit. Congratulations! There is one more step to the process, though, and it is just as important as the process of finding the right minister. You might have heard people refer to how the “first hundred days” of someone’s job usually sets the tone for their entire career with that organization. The same is true with ministers. Just as your congregation is going through a major transition, so is your new minister. The first few months of a job are a stressful time, and it is the job of the elders and search committee to help your new minister through their transition.

We refer to this as the “On-Boarding Stage.” Since the “first hundred days” is so important to the rest of a minister’s career with your congregation, we believe this stage is one of the keys to reducing minister turnover in the church. In this post, we want to talk about a few of the things that a new minister needs from their congregation during this transition period. We will refer to them as the ABC’s of the On-Boarding Phase.