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Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook

Finding your church’s pastor is as serious as an organ transplant.

You need a pastor that matches your church’s vision, culture, and most importantly, your church’s heart. While there is no simple, one-size-fits-all solution to the puzzle of planning for a seamless pastor search, this handbook was created to provide pastor search committees, church leaders, and pastors a guide to asking the right questions in order to plan for the overwhelming pastor search process.

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  • "William Vanderbloemen has successfully assisted countless churches in the search for the best leaders for their congregations. I commend Search to any church, in any denomination, that aspires to lead a thorough, efficient process for transition."

    -Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources

  • "Christ Church had never been through a Senior Pastor search process, and after thirty-one years of ministry under a founding rector, we needed their help. William and his team entered the Anglican tribe with courage and confidence armed only with a list of contacts. They learned our polity and found us a candidate who is pitch perfect for our position. Mission accomplished!"

    -Rev. David Roseberry, Rector, Christ Church


  • "Due to finances, we had limited resources to operate a lengthy Senior Pastor search on our own. This hire could make or break the church’s future, and we didn’t want to risk it with our little hiring experience. God truly used Vanderbloemen to assemble an amazing staff. Three of our four full-time staff were found through Vanderbloemen.

    -Andy Hahn, Executive Pastor, Far Hills Community Church

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