Shepherd of the Valley has retained NL Moore & Associates, a professional search firm specializing in church leadership transitions, to guide us through The Search. The firm is using an evidence-based, proven method to move us strategically toward hiring a senior pastor who will be well-matched with our church needs and culture.

Below is a brief summary of the phases and projected timing of the consultant’s process, which, of course, may be adjusted as we move forward:

Planning Phase
January – February
Gather evidence (survey, focus groups, visit)
Develop Candidate/Opportunity Profile documents
Confirm timeline
Sourcing Phase
February – May
Find candidates (active vs passive search)
Tell our church’s story
Resource networks
Conduct initial screening
Interview Phase
May – July
Present and interview candidates
Employ evidence-based process
Conduct interviews w/SOV Search Team
Check references
Selection Phase
Late summer / early fall
Finalize decision
Confirm & announce
Transition Phase
Welcome new Pastor
Pastor overlap to pass baton
Prepare thankful farewell for Pastor Steve

“He has made everything beautiful in its time…no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).