Updated Pastoral Search FAQs

CBC Senior Pastor Search Process
Frequently Asked Questions
February 2018

Q. Was the site visit by our search firm on January 28, 2018 successful?

A.  Our search firm’s representative, Mr. Todd Clark, completed his site visit on January 28 and found the time spent with getting to know CBC to be highly useful. He was impressed with the serious commitment of our congregation to finding the right person to become our next lead pastor, and he indicated confidence that his firm (The Slingshot Group) will be able to successfully help us do that. The visit was highly useful to both the firm and the church leadership, and it marks the starting point for the active search process.

Q. What happens next?

A. The completion of Slingshot’s site visit marks the next phase in the process: to prepare the church and candidate profiles and begin the application process. By mid-February we expect candidates to be able to apply for the position through the search firm’s website. By late March, after Slingshot reviews new applications and combs through its current database of pastors actively seeking new challenges, we expect to receive the first batch of “vetted” candidates from the search firm. By vetting we mean that Slingshot is under contract to assist us in developing a church profile (description of who we are as a church and a congregation) and a candidate profile (attributes we are seeking in the next lead pastor). Slingshot will then open the application process and begin matching applicants to those profiles, and then analyze the fit of these applicants with our needs. From that analysis, Slingshot will begin supplying a pool of appropriate candidates for us to review and then interview.


Q. What work will the search committee be doing during February and March?

A. We will be working with Slingshot to prepare the church and candidate profiles. We will also develop the interview process and interview questions to be used at that phase of the search process. Once Slingshot begins to submit vetted candidates to us, we will begin the work of reviewing them (with assistance from our pastors), deliberating, developing a short list of candidates we want to seriously consider and setting up interviews. We will also be meeting frequently in prayer sessions asking the Lord for guidance and direction in finding His next pastor for CBC.

Q. Will Slingshot also consider candidates, not in their database, but suggested by members of the congregation? If I know of a possible candidate for the job, how do I make his name known?

A.  Please give the name and e-mail address of candidates you wish to be considered to a member of the Search Committee. We will pass them on to Slingshot who will contact them and assist them in applying through the company’s application website. Please pass these candidate’s names on to the search committee, rather than to the pastors or the deacons. By having one “place” to go with names of possible candidates, we ensure that nobody gets inadvertently missed in the process. When Slingshot opens the application process, these interested candidates will still need to submit the required application materials to Slingshot using the firm’s online portal. This ensures that all applicants are considered equally and that the firm and the committee are properly and fairly comparing candidates.

Q. How soon will we have a new pastor on board?

A. The search committee is working diligently to bring a new pastor to CBC. Our search firm, Slingshot Group, indicates that it will take a minimum of 6 months to find our next pastor. If the early candidate pool turns out to be less than satisfactory, it could take longer. Because we are looking for the candidate the Lord has already picked out for us, we are working efficiently and prudently toward uncovering that person. However, we don’t want to unduly rush the process in our human concern for getting someone on board, missing the Lord’s cues in the process. 

Q. Why did we hire a search firm to help us in finding a new pastor?

A. The search committee will be leading and managing the search and review process for finding a new senior pastor. The Leadership Council hired a search firm to assist the committee in order to give us a much broader reach for candidates than we would be able to do for ourselves. The search firm has already gotten a good start on getting to know Calvary Baptist during the January site visit. Slingshot Group will lend its professional expertise and knowledge to help us find the best candidates and then help us vet and compare candidates and their credentials.

Slingshot has a stellar reputation in their field: they are a not-for-profit organization staffed primarily by former pastors, and they have an excellent reputation with the churches they have assisted.  The Slingshot Group will serve as our agent in the process and as a staff extension to the Search Committee, freeing the committee to concentrate on the core work of examining and comparing candidates to find the best fit the Lord has in mind for us.

Q. Why do we have a Search Committee of nine members? Why not just have the deacons conduct the search for a new pastor? Who makes the final decision?

A. The leadership Council (which includes the deacons) wanted to ensure some breadth of representation from among the members of the congregation on any committee charged with finding a new senior pastor. Consequently, they formed a sub-committee containing three deacons and six congregants. The Search Committee will make a recommendation to the Leadership Council of a preferred candidate. The Leadership Council will make a recommendation to our church about our new pastor. 


Q. What role will our current pastors play in the search process?

A. Our pastors will play an important role in the process.  They will be interviewed by the search firm, advise the Search Committee, review the candidates’ theological backgrounds, and help interview the candidates. Though the search committee will make its own recommendation to the Leadership Council, ultimately, the pastors as members of that council will have a role in recommending the final candidate. The structure of this process has been set up so that the search committee and the leadership council can come as close as possible to unity in identifying God’s choice for us.

Q.   Will you be gathering any input from the general members of the congregation who are not on the search committee? Will we get to meet and hear the candidates?

A.  Representatives of the general congregation were interviewed in focus groups during Slingshot’s site visit in January. We will also work to give the congregation adequate opportunity to interact with one or more finalists, though how that will happen has not yet been determined by the Leadership Council.

Q. What does the search committee need from me as a member of the congregation?

A. We need your encouragement during the heavy load of work the search will entail. We need your constant prayers. And, we need your support for a spirit of unity within the congregation in finding and embracing the Lord’s choice for our next Senior Pastor.