Pastoral Search Process

Revised: January 10, 2022

  1. A candidate is recommended to Transition Team

  2. The candidate receives an email asking him/her to fill out and return the Candidate Questionnaire and to submit a cover letter, resume, and sermon videos.

  3. Once the questionnaire is returned, the Transition Team reviews the candidate's responses and sends an email acknowledging its receipt. If approved, the candidate is asked to meet with the Transition Team. 

  4. The Transition Team meets with the candidate for an initial interview conversation.  The candidate's spouse is welcomed to join in the latter portion of this conversation.

  5. If approved, the candidate meets with the Board of Directors. 

  6. If approved, a time is arranged for the candidate to come to Charlottesville for a weekend. 

    • Saturday - meet with the coordinators and directors

    • Sunday - preach a sermon, participate in an in-person Q & A* with the congregation in which he/she shares some of his/her questionnaire responses 
      *The Q&A will be streamed via Zoom for those who cannot attend in-person.  

  7. Once all candidates are reviewed, we declare a time of prayer and fasting for the entire church

  8. A Town Hall is held to solicit the congregation’s input.

  9. The Transition Team makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors.

  10. With the Board of Director’s approval, the Transition Team makes the candidate an offer

    (Transition Team recognizes that the candidate may need an additional meeting or may want to come back to Charlottesville for an additional visit as part of the discernment process)