- Services & Training
- Resume Services
- Pastoral Care Ministers Wives
- Ministers Wellness
The Transitional Pastor Training is available to any Southern Baptist Minister that is interested in training to be a transitional pastor and lead a church through a time of adjustment. This training builds on the knowledge a minister already has and focuses on this transitional time.
Included in the cost are all the materials, breaks, and three meals. Lodging is not included but we can provide you with a list of hotels that are located close to the church. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements. If you have any questions or concerns please refer to the contact information above.
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2017 Minister’s Wellness Retreat
- Who: Each Pastor and his spouse who do not have health insurance
- When: September 13-15 @ Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa
- What: Complete health screening and dental care by physicians and health care professionals.
- Cost: FREE to each minister and his spouse who DO NOT have health insurance. Registration is required
- Sponsored by: Church Minister Relations, The Georgia Baptist Mission Board and The Georgia Baptist Healthcare Foundation
To Register or for more information contact Laura Gray in Church Minister Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org or (770) 936-5364
Church-Minister Relations assists churches and staff in fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission by providing encouragement, training, and resources to develop and maintain healthy ministers and congregations.
Dr. J. Marcus Merritt
State Missionary Support
Georgia Baptist Ministers’ Wives
State Missionary Support
To schedule any of the training or services listed below, contact Laura Simms at email@example.com or 770-936-5362.
Pastor Search Committee Training/Interim Committee Training
The Pastor/Staff Committee training presents a chronological, step-by-step process of the work of a Pastor/Staff Search Committee. The training includes resources to help the committee lead the church in searching for God’s Will regarding a new minister. Each member of the committee receives a study guide for use during the training event.
A CMR Specialist or Consultant will come to your church and conduct a 1.5-2 hour training on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evening. Once your Search Committee is formed please call our office to confirm a date for the training.
Pastor Search Committee Handbook Toolbox
To access training materials related to this training event click here…
The Pastor Search Committee Training is a free service to Georgia Baptist churches made possible by the faithful giving of Georgia Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program.
Transitional Pastor Training
a. Any Southern Baptist Minister that is interested in training to be a transitional pastor and lead a church through this time of adjustment. This training builds on the knowledge a minister already has and focuses on this transitional time.
2) Where and when is the training?
a. The training is held at the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center. Classes are usually held in the Spring and Fall; specific dates will be in the Event Calendar.
3) What is the cost and what is included?
a. The cost at this point is $70 for in-‐state minister, but may change as needed to cover the cost of the training. Included in the cost are the materials, breaks, and three meals. One book is not included but is available for purchase (Pastor Search Committee Handbook, $15). Lodging is not included in the cost but a block of rooms are reserved at a discounted price at the Holiday Inn across the street from the center.
Pastor Deacon Spouse Retreat
Annually we offer a Pastor/Deacon/Spouse Retreat that is held at one of the Georgia Baptist Conference Centers in late Spring. This past year our theme was Servant Leaders in the church and Dr. Robert Smith, Jr. from the Beeson School of Divinity was our guest speaker. Click below to listen to Dr. Smiths sermons from the retreat.
Audio 1: Robert Smith, Jr. 5-1-2015
Audio 2: Robert Smith, Jr. 5-1-2015
The 2016 Pastor Deacon Spouse Retreat will take place at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa April 29-30, 2016.
A process of third party mediation is available to churches, church staffs, and associations which is led by trained and certified third party mediators. Seminars on “Understanding and Resolving Conflict” are available for small groups, churches, and associations.
Resume services for Ministers
Please note: The information submitted will create an online resume that will be shared with inquiring congregations according to your instructions.
The information submitted on the Confidential Finance and Confidential Church pages are used for matching purposes only and will not be part of the online resume. This information is confidential and available ONLY to the Church-Minister Relations staff.
Please provide complete information. If the REQUIRED information is not received, the personal data will not be transmitted.
Your file will remain active, provided you log into your account at least once every 3 months. If you do not log on it will automatically deactivate after 3 months. If you accept a new place of ministry or wish to close your active file, please deactivate your file on the main resumes site. This will not delete your file and you may re-active this file at any time.
If you have any questions or need help navigating the system please contact Laura Simms at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-936-5362.
Resume Services for Churches
Please note: Please provide all information requested. It is confidential to the Church-Minister Relations office and your search committee. The information you submit is used for matching purposes only. Our online resume service will match your open ministry position to active resumes received. You will receive any available resumes within 7-10 business days of your request and they will be emailed to the address provided.
Once resumes are received, carefully contact and check all references for each candidate; we do not make personal recommendations but share resumes as information only.
This service is free to Southern Baptist Churches made possible by the faithful giving of Georgia Baptist Churches through the Cooperative Program.
We offer on-site training and general consultation for Pastor Search Committees and Interim-Supply Committees. For more information or scheduling these training events, please contact Laura Simms at email@example.com or 770-936-5362.
For Ministers: To establish an active interim file, please email a PDF of your resume along with a separate PDF of the filled out Interim Preference Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to download the form.
For Churches: To receive resumes that match the profile for your church interim period, please complete the Interim/Supply Profile Form. Click here to download the form.
For more information regarding the following ministries, contact Laura Simms at email@example.com or 770-936-5362.
The “Barnabas Ministry” is a compassionate service to displaced ministers and their families. This ministry seeks to bring encouragement to suffering ministers and their families by meeting physical, emotional, spiritual and vocational needs. We offer ten areas of ministry for displaced/terminated ministers and their families:
- Career Assessment
- Subscription to The Christian Index
- Resume Services
- Limited Housing
- Emergency Food
- Help with Medical Insurance
- Financial Aid
- Possible Temporary Jobs
- Family of Encouragement including retreats
Counseling Services , Career Consultation, & Restoration Ministry
A statewide network of professional Christian counselors is provided as a joint ministry of the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation and the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. As a result there is special pricing and billing for Georgia Baptist ministers, and their immediate family members.
Professional Career Assessment is provided through a joint effort of LeaderCare, LifeWay, SBC and Church-Minister Relations, GBC. To schedule a consultation contact Laura Simms.
We offer consultation, resources, and guidance for both churches and ministers during times of moral or ethical failure.
Church Job Descriptions Booklet
This 50 page booklet provides sample job descriptions for 35 of the most common positions in the church.
Pastor Search Committee
Pastor Search Committee Toolbox
The following tools are designed to work in cooperation with training provided by Church-Minister Relations of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. If you choose to utilize these tools separate from training please call our office 770-936-5362 for help personalizing these tools to your individual church.
Tool 1 Pastor Search Committee Retreat
Tool 2 Directory of Baptist State Conventions
Tool 3 Pastor Search Committee Covenant of Agreements
Tool 4 Pastor-Church Covenant of Relationship
Tool 5 Pastor’s Salary, Housing, Benefits and Expenses
Tool 6 Checklist for Pastor’s Salary, Housing, Benefits and Expenses
Tool 7 Pastor Search Congregational Survey
Tool 8 Position Insights and ministry Insights Assessments
Tool 9 Demographic Profile of Church Membership
Tool 10 Directory of Southern Baptist Seminaries
Tool 11 Biographical Profile
Tool 12 Prospective-Pastor Evaluation
Tool 13 Degrees Related to Pastoral Ministry
Tool 14 Confidential Personnel Information
Tool 15 Reference Release
Tool 16 Portfolio of Church and Community
Tool 17 Letter for Written References
Tool 18 Character-Reference Inquiry
Tool 19 Letter for telephone Interviews
Tool 20 Interview Questions
Tool 21 Sermon Evaluation
Tool 22 Credit and Legal information Release
Tool 23 Request for Criminal Records Check and Authorization
Tool 24 Letter to Prospective Pastor about Questionnaire
Tool 25 Prospective-Pastor Questionnaire
Tool 26 Service of Installation and Commitment
Tool 27 Installation Service
Tool 28 Pastor-Church relations Team
Tool 29 Performance Review
First Sample Letter – Acknowledge Receipt of Resume
Second Sample Letter – Different Direction
Second Sample Letter – Top Group
Third Sample Letter – Confirming the Call
Credit and Background Checks
- Sites where you obtain a comprehensive criminal background check:
- A typical site to obtain a credit check:
Pastor and Deacon Ordination
- Electing Qualified Deacons – A Model (PDF)
- Ordination of the Pastor (PDF)
- Who can perform a wedding ceremony in Georgia (PDF)
Constitution & By-Laws
These samples are available to you for drafting and building a church constitution and by-laws.
- Constitution Sample (PDF)
- By-Laws Sample (PDF)
- What a church needs to know about weapons in a church (PDF)
- What a church needs to know about the same sex marriage decision (PDF)
- Protecting Your Ministry Legal Guide
The 2014 Compensation Study was a joint project of state Baptist conventions, GuideStone Financial Resources, and LifeWay Christian Resources. Compensation and congregational data was collected anonymously from ministers and office/custodial personnel of Southern Baptist churches and church-type missions. Reports are based on compensation for over 12,000 respondents from all 42 state conventions.
Employee Evaluation Sample forms are available for you and your staff. The purpose of the performance evaluation is to inform the employee how well they are doing and evaluate areas for improvement.
Ministers’ Wellness Retreat
The Ministers’ Wellness Retreat came out of a desire from Dr. J. Robert White, Rev. Danny Watters, and Frank Upchurch to care for those Georgia Baptist Ministers and their spouse who do not have medical insurance. Funding for the entire retreat comes from a healthcare grant through the Georgia Baptist Healthcare Ministry Foundation. The first retreats occurred in 2007 with locations at the Georgia Baptist Conference Centers; Toccoa and Norman Park.
The retreat provides a physical performed by a physician with a consultation and written report, resting EKG, lung function exam, hearing exam and extensive blood panel. Along with the medical aspect we are partnered with the Georgia Mobile Health Ministry to include dental care. Our retreats are also designed to provide spiritual, physical, and mental rest with a time of worship and a time of relaxation.
1) Who may attend?
a. Our Georgia Baptist Ministers and their spouse who do not have any insurance (this includes Medicare and Medicaid) or their deductible is over $2000.
2) What is included in the retreat?
a. Included is a physical by a physician, resting EKG, lung function study, hearing exam, extensive blood panel, vital signs, flu vaccine (optional), and dental care.
3) Are children included and can they attend?
a. We are not able to accommodate or treat children. The retreat is not applicable for children and we ask that they are not brought to the retreat.
4) Where are the retreats?
a. Our retreats are held at our conference centers in Toccoa and Norman Park.
5) When are the retreats?
a. The retreats are held in September (Toccoa) and October (Norman
Park); the retreats begin at lunch on a Monday and end after breakfast on Wednesday.
6) What is the cost?
a. There is no cost other than the travel to the conference centers and home. All meals, lodging, medical and dental care are provided through a grant from the Georgia Baptist Healthcare Foundation.
It is the desire of Church Minister Relations, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, and the Healthcare foundation to care for our ministers across the state and provide a manner to move toward a healthier lifestyle. And this is one way to achieve that goal. If you would like more information about the retreats and registration please call Ruth Smith at 770-936-5364 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.