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Choosing a new pastor is a tough job for a search committee. The wrong decision can be disastrous for pastor and church. Religion researchers offer tips to get your faith community on the right track when recruiting a new pastor.

 

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Choosing a new pastor is a tough job for a search committee. The wrong decision can be disastrous for pastor and church. Religion researchers offer tips to get your faith community on the right track when recruiting a new pastor.

New seminary-based programs challenge Jews, Christians and Muslims to go beyond polite interfaith conversations to deal with prejudices and fears.

A congregation’s relationship with its pastor is kind of like a marriage, says religion researcher Cynthia Woolever. The wrong chemistry can lead to years of disappointment, stress and conflict. Woolever offers some key strategies for finding — and keeping — a pastor that's right for your church.

Left to fester, conflict can lead church members to leave, finances to plummet, faith to be forever lost. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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