In prayerful expectation, Church of the Servant invites potential candidates for our pastor position to join us in seeking to discern God’s will together.
For potential candidates
We invite potential candidates to review the following:
- Our congregational profile, based on the form used in the Christian Reformed Church in North America
- Our position profile, which includes instructions for communicating with our search team
- A summary of our congregational learning sessions, which helped us develop the position profile
(During January, February, March, and April, the Pastoral Search Team held eight learning sessions with the congregation to explore topics and needs related to our search for a new pastor. Several sessions included guest speakers who helped us examine the topics. This document summarizes the themes and comments that emerged from each session.)
For COS members and friends
We invite members and friends of Church of the Servant to reflect on our congregational profile and position profile and to nominate candidates for consideration, using the form below. Please include the pastor’s name and current church/position, and why you think this person would be a good fit for our open position.
We have also prepared answers to several questions we have received from congregation members: Pastoral Search Process: Questions & Answers
We receive every communication from congregation members and potential candidates in a spirit of hope and expectation. Our team is praying for each candidate who will join our pool of candidates, asking the Holy Spirit to use this process to bless, encourage, and strengthen each of us for ministry, regardless of the outcome of the search.
Our prayer throughout this process is beautifully expressed in the ancient prayer, Veni Creator Spiritus:
Come, Holy Spirit, creator blest,
and in our hearts take up your rest.
Come with your grace and heavenly aid,
to fill the hearts which you have made.
Maria Beversluis van Leeuwen
John Witvliet, chair
Following are verses we are using as the Lord guides us in this discernment process. We invite you to dwell with us in these scriptures or suggest others using the form above.
1 Peter 2:5-9 — “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood … that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Acts 5:12-42 — This is the story of the apostles being jailed by the Sadducees for healing people, then being sprung from jail by an angel of the Lord who told them to teach in the temple courts, and then being brought before the Sanhedrin, where Gamaliel advised his colleagues to let the apostles go so they wouldn’t find themselves “fighting against God.”
1 Samuel 16:7 — “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Philippians 2:2 — “Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
Acts 8:30-31 — “Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ Philip asked. ‘How can I,’ he said, ‘unless someone explains it to me?’ So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.”
1 Corinthians 1:10 — “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
Psalm 127:1 — “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”
Hebrews 13:20-21 — “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus … equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.”
Philippians 1:9-11 — “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:11-21 — “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all …. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation …. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”