About the Pastoral Search Books
The Pastoral Search Journey: A Guide to Finding Your Next Pastor
Alban No. AL402
Published March 2010
Paper, 168 pages
Most churches have sought out a new pastor many times, yet search committees often feel as though they are
inventing the process from scratch. In The Pastoral Search Journey, John Vonhof provides detailed guidance
for search committees to ensure a good match between pastor and congregation. This is Vonhof’s third book about the
pastoral search—but the first to discuss interim pastors, transitions between pastors, and the use of the Internet
and digital media.
Congregational leaders on establishing the search committee; ensuring the congregation is cared for during the
pastoral vacancy; conducting the congregational self-study and creating an information packet; finding,
communicating with, and interviewing candidates; determining selection criteria as well as evaluating and
recommending candidates; managing call negotiations; and finally welcoming the congregation’s new pastor. Sample
letters, forms, and other tools are provided.
This book can be ordered through The Alban Institute or Amazon at the links in the right column.
The Alban Guide to Managing the Pastoral Search Process
Alban No. AL204
Paper, 125 pages
Pastoral search teams for congregations in all denominations will find a wealth of information and ideas in The
Alban Institute's guide to the complex task of finding a new pastor. Every step is detailed: forming the search
team, keeping the congregation informed, conducting a congregation self-study, communicating with candidates,
developing selection criteria, conducting interviews, managing the call process, and arranging for a smooth
transition. Sample letters, forms, and other tools are provided for use in major aspects of the search process.
This book has been replaced by the above book.