Pastoral Search Profile for Stillmeadow
York Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene
Pastoral Search Profile
September 10, 2017
In our pastoral search process, we have two primary sources from which we gain insight into the development of a pastoral search profile. The first source is the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene. The second source is from the results of the congregational survey that we performed in the last month. Below you will find both sources addressed.
Please use this as an invitation to pray for our church board and for our next leader.
The Manual of the Church of the Nazarene provides guidance regarding the Profile of the Pastor.
502.2. The minister is to be an example to the church: punctual, discreet, diligent, earnest; imitating purity, under- standing, patience, kindness, love, and truth by the power of God (2 Corinthians 6:6-7).
502.3. The minister of the gospel in the Church of the Nazarene must have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and be sanctified wholly by the baptism with or infilling of the Holy Spirit. The minister must have a deep love for unbelievers, believing they are perishing, and a call to proclaim salvation.
502.4. The minister must likewise have a deep sense of the necessity of believers going on to perfection and developing the Christian graces in practical living, that their “love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight” (Philippians 1:9). One who would minister in the Church of the Nazarene must have a strong appreciation of both salvation and Christian ethics.
502.5. The minister should respond to opportunities to mentor future ministers and to nurture the call to ministry.
502.6. The minister must have gifts and graces, for the ministry. He or she will have a thirst for knowledge, espe- cially of the Word of God, and must have sound judgment, good understanding, and clear views concerning salvation as revealed in the Scriptures. Saints will be edified and sinners converted through his or her ministry. Further, the minister of the gospel in the Church of the Nazarene must be an example in prayer.
In light of Scripture and the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene, we affirm the following profile.
Stillmeadow Needs A SHEPHERD Who Is:
- An anointed, Biblical, holiness preacher & teacher
- Mission-focused abroad & in our community
- Focused on spiritual formation/discipleship of the church through scripture, prayer, & discernment
Stillmeadow Needs A LEADER Who Can:
- Motivate, inspire, train (equip), delegate & challenge the staff & congregation
- Be a transparent, clear communicator
- Set clear direction and vision for Stillmeadow & her ministries
- Focus on unification
Stillmeadow’s Next Leader Must Possess These CHARACTER TRAITS:
- Humble with a servant heart
- Accepting of all backgrounds; hospitable
- “Aroma of Christ”
- Spiritual disciplines (prayer, devotions), discerning
Stillmeadow’s Next Leader Must Possess These RELATIONAL QUALITIES:
- Ability to work well with others (board, staff, lay staff, volunteers, etc.)
- Able to resolve conflicts