On Thursday, May 16, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship launches a new version of the CBF-LeaderConnect system to assist in matching minister and staff candidates with suitable positions in CBF congregations.
“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. It is our hope and prayer that the new CBF-LeaderConnect system will enhance our ability to serve ministers and churches,” said Clarissa Strickland, CBF’s networking specialist.
Beginning on Thursday, May 9, both the new and old CBF-LeaderConnect sites will be available on the Fellowship website at www.thefellowship.info/leaderconnect. At that time, individuals and churches who are already using the CBF-LeaderConnect system can enter their information on the new site, as information and documents from the old system will not be automatically transferred to the new platform. No matching will occur before May 16, when the new system is open to new and current users.
“We are excited about this newly designed tool for churches and clergy leaders. The ability to help churches and candidates discover one another will be much more reliable and robust. This is going to be a helpful tool for all of us,” said Bo Prosser, CBF’s coordinator of missional congregations.
CBF’s reference and referral service is provided to CBF churches and individuals at no cost. In addition to matching congregations and candidates to one another, the reference and referral service also provides resources for churches as they form search committees and begin the process of looking for a new minister.
“We believe that a church which has found the particular person God intends to serve as a pastor or in a staff leadership role is poised for great ministry and witness in the community, in the nation and around the world. That person will, in turn, be a great blessing to that local church and its ministry and witness,” said Strickland.