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Creating vision for a new hire

| by Richard Frazer

Our church has been without a lead pastor for 15 months. While this has been a strain, we know the Lord is preparing our next pastor and this creates an exciting expectation for what the future will hold. 

As our leadership team and elders continue this search for a new hire. Here are the qualities and attributes I hope we find in this person. As we create a vision for our new pastor, hopefully this will spark a vision for your team as you allow God to lead you toward the future and establishing fresh leadership. 

I hope our next pastor is a/an . . . 

Leader who is connected to the larger body of Christ.However, not attached to the extreme that they feel the need to imitate any other large-church system or superimpose their model on this unique church family.

Shepherd who is vision-driven and Kingdom-minded. This person should also have the highest level of leadership capacity and can guide this church to fulfill our unique vision in our distinctive setting as an independent, yet connected and influencing church.

Leader of leaders. This person is one who sees the potential that equipped and high-capacity leaders (staff) have who are unleashed to serve in the areas of their greatest strengths for the good of the Body of Christ. First Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 relay the advantages of members of the body functioning together. Unity. Alignment. Fruitfulness. Fulfillment. Multiplication.

Equipper of leaders, who will prioritize spiritual growth.I want to see this person help our staff grow spiritually as well as advancing their professional skill-sets. The mandate for leaders (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in Ephesians 4:11-12) is to equip the saints for the work of ministry so the body of Christ will be built up.  

Person who hasn’t peaked in his career.I hope our next pastor will write his first book while he is here, if he is so inclined. I realize this creates risk bringing in someone with potential, who is on the growing edge of their ministry career. This could be a person guiding us with a sense of wonder, skill, dependence and humility. I hope our next pastor finds his stride while he is leading us to catch ours.  

Bible scholar and a people-lover. When you combine these, there is no end to the impact the teaching/preaching ministry can have within the Body of Christ as well as in the community.  

Sermon-creator rather than borrower.I hope our next pastor realizes with humility and confidence that his messages will facilitate our transformation toward Christ-likeness as the Holy Spirit uses the Scriptures and his personality and preparation to teach and inspire us. I want our next pastor to take his responsibility to deliver the will and ways of God from the word of God seriously.  I hope he speaks truth with grace – and grace with truth.   I hope our next pastor is both sound biblically and very interesting – engaging and truthful. 

Good steward to maximize our global impact. Jesus told His disciples that when the Holy Spirit came (and He is here now), He would give them power to be witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea, AND Samaria andto the uttermost parts of the world (Acts 1:8). These are concurrent assignments. He didn’t say then as if there was a sequence and priority. Our responsibility is local and global simultaneously. I hope our next pastor sees the potential to expand our ministry geographically and extend it generationally through developing leaders. 

Missional pastor. I hope our next pastor expects all of us to be missional, not just those on the mission committee, equipping us to be Great Commission-aries in our own communities. I hope our next pastor is committed to equipping every person to be a witness in their spheres of influence – home, business, family, neighborhood, etc.  

Person who builds up the Body of Christ. I hope our next pastor realizes that we are all a part of the Body of Christ and that each one is equally important. We are each gifted by the Holy Spirit and expected to use our gifts to “build up” the Church (Ephesians 4:13-16). I trust he will realize that every person has something to contribute and, without that contribution, the Body is incomplete. 

Adventurer.That this person addresses the congregation with something like, “Isn’t it great that we all are on this journey to love and follow our Lord? This worship service is our opportunity to discover, realize and live the adventure of abiding in Christ and living for Him.”

Loves well. I hope he truly loves God and models for us how to commune with and obey Him – even in the midst of difficult times and circumstances. I hope he is transparent in his wrestling to know and follow the will and ways of God. I hope he basks in God’s love for him and for us.  

Family-focused person. I hope he deeply loves his wife and children and grandchildren. I hope he is a man of impeccable character, loves a good joke and can tell it well. 

The desires listed are custom-fit, from my vantage point, for our congregation as I thought about our past and hope for our future.  

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Richard Frazer

Rich Frazer is President of Spiritual Overseers Service (SOS) International, a global training ministry equipping indigenous ministry leaders. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry with an emphasis on training ministry leaders to upcycle declining churches.

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