Leader Connect-CBF is the résumé-matching service developed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as a part of our reference and referral service. (Since we do not "place" ministers in our autonomous churches, we do not refer to this as a placement service.)
CBF has just launched a new and improved LeaderConnect website that will better serve the needs of search committees and candidates.
The new system is simpler, more user-friendly and more accurate in matching the needs of a church minister search to the qualifications of candidates.
Churches and individuals can begin to enter profile information into the new CBF-LeaderConnect system now. As the new system is populated with profiles and information, we will continue to help search committees and candidates in the matching process.
If you have any questions, contact Clarissa Strickland at 770-220-1635 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With more than 1,900 partnering churches, the Fellowship exists to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission. We believe that a church which has found the particular person God intends to serve as pastor or in a staff leadership role is poised to do great ministry and witness in the community, in the nation, and around the world as they fulfill that mission. That person will, in turn, be a tremendous blessing to that local church and its ministry and witness.
The resumes on this site, as well as the information submitted by churches, come under our scrutiny before ever making it to the site. Also, we are available to assist you in every step of the process.
Developing a well-defined profile for both the candidate and the church requires that we ask many questions. Some of the questions will not apply to your particular situation, but we have tried to be thorough in asking relevant questions to help refine the matching process as accurately as possible. Please answer as many as are appropriate, and don’t hesitate to contact the Leader Connect staff if you have any questions or comments.
Strict confidentiality is provided in that churches are not able to randomly view resumes just as candidates will not have access to the information provided by churches.
As search committees log onto the LeaderConnect site, they will be guided in developing a detailed profile of their church. Candidates will provide information that will generate a professional resume. The information provided by each will be used in a matching process with the selection of resumes of those candidates who might be a good fit for a particular church. Once the matches have been reviewed and approved by the system administrator, they are then sent to churches.
For those who are serving on a search committee, we have compiled a number of resources and helps which are designed to assist you as you go about this task. We hope you will find these useful.
If you are searching for an interim minister, please contact Les Robinson at the Center for Congregational Health.