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Church Leadership Connection

The Revised "On Calling a Pastor"


"On Calling a Pastor" is a resource for pastor nominating committees and mid councils. Each section of the manual builds upon the next to walk users through the call process highlighting the partners in the call process, polity, using the CLC system, and emphasizing the need for spiritual discernment. The resource is in PDF format. It may be read online or downloaded and printed. "On Calling a Pastor" includes videos, links to online resources, case studies, and "teach the teacher" PowerPoints for those training pastor nominating committees. Download the full handbook or individual chapters below. You may also watch supplemental videos. To access the video links from within the PDFs, click on the icons found in the various chapters.

Download the full "On Calling a Pastor" handbook (PDF)

Download the “On Calling a Pastor” resource by chapters (PDFs):


On Calling a Pastor Video Introduction (4 minutes)
Presbyterian Polity and Call (2 minutes)
Call Process (4 minutes)
Mission Studies (5 minutes)
Call and Fit (3 minutes)
Calling First Call Pastors (3 minutes)
Appropriate Questions for Interviews (3 minutes)
Reference Checks (3 minutes)

Download Instructions
On PC, right click "download" next to the video you wish to download. On Mac, press control and click the "download" link. Choose "Save" to save the video to your computer.  All files are MP4s.

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Download the Introduction to On Calling a Pastor "Teach the Teacher" training (PDF)
Appropriate Questions for Interviews (PDF)

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