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When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search: Biblical Principles and Practices to Guide Your Search Paperback – January 1, 2011
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I have never been on a search committee. I have met with dozens of them. As a Pastoral candidate I am able to determine which search committees known what they're doing and are doing it well, and those who don't really know what they're doing and what they are doing, its not very good. When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search is incredibly helpful because Mr. Brauns make sure that everything he's saying is from scripture. Nothing about church politics, or how to get the best guy to make your church the next mega church. He's concerned with the what Word is concerned with: Pastors who are godly shepherds.
I found this book helpful as an up-and-coming pastor and seminary student. It gave me tools for interviewing and for identifying healthy, biblical churches; churches who value all the right things. I also found myself encouraged to pursue godliness through reading this book. I want to be a godly shepherd and pastor. I want to care for my people and allow them to feast on God's Word through my preaching.
I hope more and more churches will provide this book for their search committees as they begin looking for another shepherd. This is an excellent resource on an ever-present issue.
NOTE: To comply with regulations of the Federal Trade Commission I would like to state that I have received a complementary copy of the aforementioned text as compensation for my review.
Recommended Reading: Yes
Scripture Index: No
Subject Index: No
As I am currently serving on a pastoral search committee this could not have been a more timely book to read. This book was very helpful with a great balance of biblical insight and practical advice on implementing it. The book examines what a biblical pastor will look like and how a search committee can seek the man who fits the role. A large emphasis of the book is on seeking a pastor that is a strong preacher and preaches the word of God. It is especially helpful in helping those who read it understand what a biblical sermon will look like. It gives some objective standards by which to judge a sermon preventing subjective evaluations by the search committee. The author argues for the superiority of exposisitory preaching. By this he means making the point of the text the point of your sermon, but shows also how this should be done correctly and not boringly.
In this book you also find very practical advice all along the way showing you mistakes to avoid and how to proceed in a helpful manner. The reader will also be pleased with the suggested interview questions and tips to help interview candidates. Also included is a very helpful frequently asked questions section that helps clarify some of what the author has written earlier and expands on it. This is a great place to start for anyone on a pastoral search committee. You may not agree with every suggestion the author makes but overall the book is extremely practical and helpful. I would recommend it to any church in transition between pastors.
I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
This book addresses topics such as forming a search committee, prayer, church politics and standards for discerning if you are running a search based on the Word rather than your preferences.
The biggest stand out for me was the sections on expository preaching (3 chapters). Brauns hits the essentials of expository preaching and moves the lay person beyond a position of "this sounds nice" to one that can evaluate the preaching role and assess if it really is expository and Bible based rather than charisma and illustration based. I appreciated that Brauns balanced the need to be a good preacher with the need to be a good shepherd. It's more important to be a better shepherd, yet solid preaching is also key. Brauns draws attention to the fact that most pastors are "ordinary" and most churches are the same way. Having a solid combination of preaching skill and shepherding capacity is more important than finding the next Andy Stanley or Charles Spurgeon.
I normally try to find one or two points that I believe could be better. For the purpose of this book I think he really does a good job. He does say this is not a technical manual with forms and timelines, etc.Read more ›
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Great book for a call committee or pastoral search committee. Gave clear reasons for tor centering the pastoral search on the Word. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JEOR826
Helps you know how to search for another pastor. Things that should be important and things that don't matter.Published 6 months ago by Dale E. Krabill
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