We will continue with the article “Advice for Pastor Search Committees” by. Rev Dr. Mark D. Roberts. A copy of the full article is found here: http://www.markdroberts.com/htmfiles/resources/pastorsearch.htm
Times of personal and corporate prayer can be enriched through reflection on Scripture that leads into and gives shape to prayer. You might, for example, begin a time of prayer with a slow reading of Psalm 97, letting your prayers focus on the kingly reign of God. Or you might let the story of the call of Moses at the burning bush become the holy ground of your prayer.
Although most pastor search committees will not (and should not) function as a primary support group for members, committees will be strengthened if the members prayer for each other, both in group time and when they’re apart. There is a danger, here of letting personal sharing consume too much corporate time. But if members support each other in prayer, group cohesiveness will be increased.
Finally, as the search committee begins to focus upon a few strong candidates, prayer for each of these people is essential. Many times (almost always?) candidates are wrestling with god on their own. They’re confronting their own “demons” of fear, ambition, pride, inferiority, etc. They need God’s help, not only to discern his will about their particular calling, but also to grow more deeply in relationship with him.
The season of my life when I was considering coming to Irvine Presbyterian Church was one of the most spiritually challenging of my life. I was struggling with more than the question of whether God wanted me to take a particular position or not. This was a time of defining who I was and what was my life’s purpose. I was wrestling with God over the issue of trusting him. How grateful I am that the members of the Irvine search committee were praying for me as I found myself in a lion’s den of confused emotions and perceptions.
To be continued . . . .