For Churches

PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE RESOURCES

A new training tool called More Than a Search Committee, designed for use by search committees, councils, and pastors, is now available. An electronic copy of the tool is available here. Hard copies are available through Faith Alive Christian Resources. The tool identifies helpful protocols, healthy etiquette, and significant resources.

Create a church profile.

A video the church's leadership can use to inform the congregation about their time of transition can be viewed here.

If you are considering calling a candidate, please refer to the article "Thinking About Calling a Candidate." The following two forms will be used during the calling and installation of a new pastor:

  • Letter of Call - US (pdf) (Word)
  • Letter of Call - Canada (pdf) (Word)
  • Ecclesiastical Credential for a Minister (pdf) (Word)
  • Transfer of Supervision for a Retired Minister (pdf) (Word)

New Approach to Finding a Pastor

A new process for pastors and churches to find each other is now in place – it is called PastorSearch. Components of the new process include:

  • Availability of minister profiles to Pastor Search Committees
  • A place on the CRCNA website, called Church Positions where churches can post their open positions, as well as the church profile, job descriptions, etc.  This is a place where pastors can see which churches are looking for a new pastor.

To begin your search for a pastor you are invited to email pastorchurch@crcna.org for more information and guidance by staff of Pastor Church Resources.

 For more information see this article

SPECIALIZED TRANSITIONAL MINISTERS

Specialized Transitional Ministers* are experienced pastors trained to help congregations deal with challenging times of transition. These pastors provide strategic assistance when churches need help with both regular pastoral duties and the processing of key systemic dynamics in preparation for calling a new pastor. Pastor Church Resources supports this work through endorsing qualified STMs, assisting with placement, providing continuing education and by strengthening the protocols around the contracting process between a congregation and an STM.

Additionally, congregations who are financially challenged but who desire the services of an STM are invited to apply for financial assistance from PCR. Although modest in amount, these grants can help a congregation obtain this vital ministry at a crucial time in their history.

*Note: The name “specialized transitional minister” has been introduced to identify those who are trained and endorsed for this work. The generic use of the term “interim minister” has contributed to a situation in which congregations are not always aware of the level of training or expertise that a minister does or does not bring to the transitional situation facing a congregation.

Here are the current STMs:

Rev. Bernie Bakker bernie.bakker@gmail.com (905)626-1829
Rev. Dan Brouwer dwb0228@gmail.com (641)629-6544
Rev. Ron Fynewever rbfynewever@hotmail.com (616)260-6409
Rev. Neil Jasperse npjasperse@gmail.com (506)447-9981
Rev. Doug Kamstra douglaskamstra@gmail.com (616)534-8425
Rev. Les Kuiper leskuiper@gmail.com (920)547-0552
Rev. Larry Meyer larrymeyer.us@gmail.com (920)918-9343
Rev. Nick Overduin pastornick.stm@gmail.com (416)938-8520
Rev. Bruce Persenaire brucepersenaire@sbcglobal.net (209)838-7294
Rev. Tom Pettinga tdpettinga4@gmail.com (641)660-2230
Rev. Harvey Roosma harvroosma@gmail.com (763)310-9268
Rev. Larry Slings larry_slings@comcast.net (616)209-7389
Rev. Stan Sturing ststuring@aol.com (845)741-9749
Rev. Pete VanderBeek pastorpetev@gmail.com (604)936-4198
Rev. Kasey Vander Veen pastorkaseyv@gmail.com (204)396-6332
Rev. Martin Vellekoop martinvellekoop@gmail.com (905)809-2644
Rev. Harold Veldman hmveldman@allcom.net (616)610-0047
Rev. Case Vink stministry1@gmail.com (403)281-8106
Rev. Ed. W. Visser pastoredvisser@gmail.com (905)317-2119