We will continue where we left off 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
For this reason and for others, it’s essential that pastor search committees spend ample time in prayer together. Opening and closing each meeting with prayer are good starting points. But sustained group prayer will help a committee to seek God’s kingdom together. Moreover, such prayer fosters spiritual unity, a crucial quality of a health search committee. In the context of a committee meeting, you may engage in a heated conversation with another member. This can lead to division and anger. But if you both come together in humble prayer, with the support and accountability of the other committee members, you’ll find your differences shrinking and your anger subsiding. After prayer, it will be much easier to apologize and forgive.
Search committee members should pray, individually and together, for each aspect of the search process. When it’s time to consider applicants, each individual should be lifted before God in prayer. Committee members can ask, not only for God’s guidance for themselves, but also for those being considered for the position, that they might know and do God’s will.
Given all the work search committees – and there is plenty of it! – some folks may be tempted to shortchange prayer. But this is risky, indeed. Perhaps the best argument for spending extended time in prayer comes from the example of Jesus himself. As you may recall, before he selected his disciples, he spent the whole night in prayer (Luke 6:12-16). (Wouldn’t you love to eavesdrop on that prayer!) The way I figure it, if the sinless Son of God spent so long in communication with the Father before choosing those who would minister in his name, surely we ought to devote ourselves to prayer when we’re seeking a pastor.