New Pastors (Two years or less)
The first two years in a new pastorate are critical years. This manual will help guide you to start well.
Starting Well Manual
Pastor Self Care
Without question, one of the most important factors in sustaining healthy churches is to develop, care for ,and sustain pastors that are healthy spiritually, emotionally, socially, and professionally. This serves the church and the pastor in the calling to help build the Kingdom of God in their place and in their time. Use this valuable assessment to help you in your journey.
The Well Lived Ministers' Life
Church Policy & Facility Use Resources
The action of the Supreme Court of the United States on June 26, 2015, validating same-sex marriage in the United States, has caused church leaders to examine various church policies, including but not limited to, wedding policies, use of facilities policies and personnel policies . To assist churches as they navigate this issue, the following document is provided for distribution to pastors and church leaders.
Samples and Templates for the development of Position Statements on Marriage, Wedding Policies, and Facility Use Policies
Get-away & Vacation Properties
Do you and your spouse need to get away and refresh for a few days? We have a list of properties that have been offered by groups and individuals for free or reduced rates.
Retreat & Vacation Opportunities
October is the month in the US that churches traditionally have shown special appreciation to their ministers and staff. Here are a few items that might help you figure out how to honor your pastor and staff. Don't forget the spouses!
Clergy Appreciation Month Guide (Focus on the Family)
Pastor & Staff Appreciation
Ten Gift Ideas
Pastor Search Committees
We will assist churches in securing supply speakers, interim pastors, and other staff personnel upon request. Pastoral transitions can be difficult and stressful. The State Convention has resources to help. Additionally, Kelton, our JBA Associational Missionary, is available to meet with your church to assist in the journey of selecting a new pastor. Please call him to schedule a time to come and share how we can help during your transition and selection process.
*Ministers willing to serve in an interim capacity may contact us to be added to our list of contacts to be called when the need arises.
Here are a few items to help guide you along the way:
Search Committee Guidelines
Search Committee Toolbox
Pastor Search Manual
Search Committees pursuing resumes from our office are responsible for verifying the accuracy of information, exploring the appropriateness of the candidate for the position, obtaining references, and initiating appropriate background checks on potential candidates for ministry and service.