Christian denominations like Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Assemblies of God, have clearly defined pathways to pastoral ministry. However, when it comes to non-denominational churches, the path is less defined. So how does a person become a non-denominational pastor?
There are two common ways to become the pastor of a non-denominational church: (1) be offered the role of pastor by the hiring body of a non-denominational church, or (2) start a non-denominational church and assume the role of pastor.
Even though the path to pastoring a non-denominational church has less uniformity than traditional models, there are concrete steps a person can take to apply, candidate, and become the pastor of such a church. The information below will point a person in the right direction and provide tips for navigating the application and candidating process.
Who hires the pastor in a non-denominational church? It depends on the form of government that a church has, which, because of its independent nature, can vary from one non-denominational church to the next.
The process a church uses to hire a pastor is often described in their constitution, which is a necessary document if the church has 501c3 status under United States law. (Also see the full article What Is a Non-Denominational Church?)
Why do senior pastors lead the search for associate staff? Senior pastors lead the search because associate staff, including the new hire, will be implementing the ministry vision of the senior pastor. In most cases, associate staff will report to the senior pastor as well. In turn, the senior pastor answers to the governing body regarding the job performance of associate staff.
In traditional denominations, an applicant or candidate for pastor may undergo the same process in each church for which they are a candidate. They may even have the same denominational contact person through which they submit applications and other documents. (Also see How to Choose a Denomination?)
Why do some churches require more than a simple majority? Some churches require more than a simple majority because they feel it reveals a greater sense of unity in the important decision of hiring a pastor. If only 50% of the congregation agree to hire a certain pastor, then roughly half have another perspective, and that can lead to discord in the church. (Also see Can You Be a Christian Without a Denomination?)
Another way to become the pastor of a non-denominational church is to plant a church in the role of pastor. Planting a church should not be considered a mere professional alternative if no existing church has made someone a job offer. Church planting is a calling, not a fallback option. (Also see Is It a Sin to Change Denominations?)
State licensure should not be confused with denominational licensure. Some denominations issue licenses to people pursuing pastoral ministry, which in some cases is a step toward being a pastor, but in other cases is not.
For example, some denominations may not ordain people who have been divorced, but they will license them, which limits them to doing certain pastoral functions, but not as many as someone who is ordained.
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Chaplains and pastors play a significant role in the lives of diverse groups of people. They are both theologically educated and certified ministers. However, their job descriptions vary in a few ways. An easy way to remember the difference is that while all chaplains are pastors, not all pastors are chaplains.
Rather than preaching messages directed toward one religious group, chaplains lead non-denominational religious services that can benefit individuals from a variety of religious or spiritual backgrounds. Chaplains who hold positions at different institutions can also minister to staff members. For example, chaplains at hospitals can provide spiritual care to nurses, doctors, and administrators, as well as to patients and their families.
The main difference between a chaplain and a pastor is that they serve people in different locations. A pastor is an ordained clergy member who works in one religious organization, such as a church or parish. Pastors serve their congregation consistently by planning and overseeing weekly church services. They typically lead worship services and preach sermons. Providing spiritual guidance for specific communities of believers, according to the beliefs of a certain denomination, is the most important duty of pastors.
Sometimes, pastors can also serve in a chaplain-like role, administering to individuals at a local hospital, prison, or military base. However, rather than being a permanent board-certified chaplain for an organization, pastors usually volunteer a certain amount of their time each week or month.
A pastor can have a different title in different religious settings. For example, many Protestant Christians refer to their religious leaders as pastors, while Catholics refer to theirs as priests. Believers in non-Christian faiths or other religions also have different names for their spiritual leaders.
To find employment in religious or non-religious organizations, pastors and chaplains should seek ordination. They typically go through an application process in which they provide essential documents and sit for interviews.
Searching for church staff can be expensive. When a church brings in a candidate to get to know them in person, there is the cost of travel, hotel and meals. The more candidates a church brings in the greater expense in this area. If the church does not end up hiring the initial candidates that are brought in, more money can be spent than was initially budgeted. As a pastor, I have experienced having to have more money approved for the staff search budget because the search process was going longing than anticipated.
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Youth pastors work for churches where they lead children and teenagers, educate them about Christianity, and encourage them to worship, do volunteer work, and get involved in community outreach. Youth Pastors provide students with Bible study lessons and other services.
We are looking to hire an exemplary youth pastor to lead and guide our church's middle and high school students. The youth pastor will strive to make all students understand the journey of our souls, encourage students who are interested in the knowledge of God, and support them to develop their love for Him and others. You will attend student functions at schools and home school events, grow relationships with the education community, and provide students and their families with biblical counselling.
Your church also needs to find the ideal match when it comes to personality, theological stance, and fit with your unique church culture. That sounds like a tall order, but great pastoral interview questions will help you sort through candidates, make the right choice, and avoid mistakes in your pastor interview process.
A church pastor is primarily a leader, shepherd, and preacher. The size and leadership structure of your church will determine exactly how these roles function. In larger churches, the pastor may be primarily responsible for weekend preaching and take a high-level, CEO-style leadership approach to the organization.
In smaller churches, the pastor may be more hands-on when it comes to administration and leading staff and volunteers. The pastor may be the one primarily responsible for pastoral care duties such as weddings, funerals, hospital visits, and counseling.
Before you even start the interview process, clarify the responsibilities so you know what pastor interview questions to ask. Then, you can use specific questions to highlight their background, experience, and personal approach.
If your church has a denominational affiliation, then the theological stance should be pretty clear for whoever is applying. Your denomination may even have a specific training and ordination process.
Are your services liturgical, traditional, or contemporary? Does your congregation expect relevant topical preaching or expository bible study? Does your leadership team help set sermon series topics or does the pastor have autonomy and responsibility for crafting the message week-to-week?
Leadership style is a blend of personality and management skills. Do you need a pastor who is capable of managing the details? Or, would you prefer a more big picture leader who has minimal interaction with the staff?
The pastor will set the overall tone for how people should be treated. This includes staff, volunteers, and members of the congregation. When it comes to pastor interview questions, ask about their views on church discipline, how to deal with conflict, and whether or not they have experience managing people.
Interim Pastor Ministries was a breath of fresh air. We were without a pastor for a total of two years. The first year, we had a different person speak every Sunday. The second year, we decided that our church needed consistency. Our interim pastor was extremely helpful with guiding the leadership team, as well as providing the stability we so needed. 2b1af7f3a8