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Author: Dr. Frank Page
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication Date: 06/01/2017
Synopsis from Goodreads: Your senior pastor has just stepped down. Your church is at a loss. Where do you go from here?
Looking for a New Pastor: 10 Questions Every Church Should Ask, is a product of more than three decades of full-time, pastoral ministry from Frank Page. This is truly one of the most practical works on the subject that has ever been published. Using Scripture as the foundation and real-life examples of searches done well and searches gone bad, Frank Page gives advice on what to look for, what to ask, and what to do.
Looking for a New Pastor uses insider experience and information to answer questions that all search committees ask. It lists warning signs for every church, and includes questions that churches and prospective pastors alike wish they had known to ask. Looking for a New Pastor deals with the “how-to” of a pastor search, but more importantly, it deals with the “why” and “why not.” The importance of having a pastor who will shepherd your flock well cannot be overstated. With this book, Frank Page has provided a great resource for churches seeking to discern the will of God in their search for a pastor.
I have to say that I sincerely wish that my previous church had read this book prior to searching for the pastor they currently have. I feel that they may not have lost as many long-time church members as they did after the new pastor’s installation.
Dr. Page takes an approach to helping churches look for a new pastor that is both interesting and helpful. He not only gives them 10 questions to both ask and answer, he also gives information on things to avoid, things that you won’t hear from the pastoral candidates, and even includes an appendix of questions to ask pastoral candidates ranging from their personal lives to beliefs about Scripture.
This book was very enlightening and I plan to purchase a copy to give to my church for the inevitable event of them needing to search for a new pastor – because we should all know that none of us can keep our pastor forever. This book earns a solid four stars, if only because it does use some terms that laypersons may not know.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.