pastor search

Our process

We don’t want to move ahead or behind God, so prayer is our first and foremost objective as we meet together as a team and make decisions. We welcome you to join us in prayer as we move through this process.

We have adopted a 3 phase process with more info on each phase below.

Pray over everything

Phase 1:


Phase 2:


Phase 3:


  • Draft a Congregational Survey
  • Conduct the Congregational Survey
  • Clarify Mission, Vision, & Values
  • Build a Church profile
  • Build a Position Profile
  • Rewrite the job description & set salary & benefits.
  • Network for Candidates
  • Post job using different avenues focusing on SBC entities
  • Receive resumes
  • Use rubric to assess candidates
  • Contact candidates moving into interviews
  • Conduct interviews
  • Invite select candidate(s) to visit
  • Church votes to call our select candidate
  • Extend a call to our selected candidate
  • Work with personnel team for proper onboarding.


  • We are through Phase 1 and are ready to post! We will be posting the job through different Southern Baptist Convention and Seminary avenues.
  • We have received over 40 resumes!  God is good.   Please continue to keep us in prayer as we consider  candidates to interview.
  • After developing interview questions for our first phase of interviews, we will begin interviewing our top candidates.  We also have compiled and sent our top candidates a questionnaire which includes  pastoral and theological  questions. Thank you so much for your continued prayers.
  • We are through Phases 1 & 2 and have invited our Pastoral Candidate, Stephen Reynolds, to come In View of  a Call the weekend of Sept 24-26. He will be preaching on Sunday, Sept 26.

How you can be involved


  • Pray that the Pastor Search Team is patient, manages their time well and remains unified as they seek the Lord’s sovereign plan.
  • Pray that the Lord’s hand is on the process and that the members of FBC Barstow have faith in His perfect timing and providence.
  • Pray for a future harmonious relationship between the existing pastors and our future pastor. 
  • Pray for the church, that we would continue to experience the presence of God in our life and abide in Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit continues to stir our hearts for exciting changes. Pray that there would be church-wide unity in the transition.
  • Pray that the Lord is continuing to prepare the heart of the future pastor towards our fellowship. Pray that he will have a passion to help grow the church and reach young families. 
  • Pray for our next senior pastor, 
    • That he would not shrink back from suffering for the gospel – 1 Thessalonians 2:2. 
    • That he will work to please God, not men – 1 Thessalonians 2:4 and 2:6. 
    • That he would encourage and be gracious  –  1 Thessalonians 2:5. 
    • That he will be gentle and that he will try tenderness before toughness – 1 Thessalonians 2:7. 
    • That he would present the gospel and care for the church – 1 Thessalonians 2:8. 
    • That he will work hard – 1 Thessalonians 2:9. 
    • That he will strive for holiness  - 1 Thessalonians 2:10.
  • Pray blessing to all the co-laborers in Christ who will and have applied so far.