March 15th, 2013 at 6:00 am
DALLAS – Texas Baptists Pastor/Church Connection office has launched an online tool to help churches find qualified candidates for available positions and individuals to find places of service.
Minister Connection, which can be accessed at www.texasbaptists.org/
Likewise, candidates for positions can post their resume through an equally easy-to-use form and shortly thereafter can look through available positions.
The site had a soft launch in early January and is building its roster of positions as well as candidates. In addition to the online tool, Texas Baptists Pastor/Church Connection staff members are available to assist candidates and churches in their respective search efforts.
“Churches across this state are looking for staff members,” said Joe Loughlin, director of Pastor/Church Connection. “They’re looking for pastors, youth ministers, music ministers and education ministers. We pray this is a tool God will use to bring churches and ministers together in a relationship that grows His kingdom.”
At any given time, roughly 10 percent of Texas Baptists congregations are looking for a pastor, Loughlin said. Leadership provided by church staff members is critical to the success of congregations. Choosing a minister who is a proper fit must be guided through prayer and discernment. The Minister Connection tool provides a resource for congregations to gain access to a wider range of candidates to pray over.
“God is at work in every church and every search committee seeking to fill a position,” Loughlin said. “Minister Connection can help congregations discover the person God is calling to those positions.”