We’re called to empower you to navigate
successful leadership transitions together.

 Scroll down to find out how.

Begin with the end in mind.

Each church has distinctions that are unique and defining. Two churches of a similar size, theology, location, worship style… will have very different needs and expectations about leadership. What is the right ‘fit’ for your congregation?

People are not your most important asset. The right people are.  – Jim Collins

Pastor search is most successful when you begin with the end in mind. We partner with you to understand and then describe the best leader for your culture and circumstance so the selected candidate hits as close to the ideal as possible.

You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole. We listen to your story and customize the process to your priorities and preferred direction. Finding the right fit isn’t only about the season of pastoral transition. It is also about understanding and appreciating your church’s journey…from your history through this moment to where you need or want to go in the future.

Leadership transitions are never easy, but they don’t have to be hard.

Our process includes a combination of assessment tools that facilitate an evidence-based approach that takes the guesswork out of the equation and empowers you to move forward with confidence, clarity and unity.

Pastor search includes:

  • Assessing the church and the role
  • Gathering congregational input
  • Developing an accurate candidate profile
  • Finding and assessing the right pool of candidates
  • Informing your understanding as you consider your options
  • Providing an experienced guide and coach throughout the interview and decision-making process

At the end of the day, the right fit has less to do with what is on a resume and more to do with how a person shows up at the table of leadership. NL Moore & Associates understands the importance of bringing the right leader to the table.

One size does not fit all.

Many churches approach pastoral succession as a “one size fits all” exercise. But that would be like asking everyone in a room to wear the same size shoes and expecting a good “fit” for all. The reality is that different churches in different circumstances require different approaches.

Culture eats strategy for lunch.   -Peter Drucker 

We work with you to customize a succession plan that honors your culture and needs. Whether planning for the retirement of a founder, creating a succession plan for a twenty-year pastor, or dealing with the complexities of an unexpected transition, we are experienced in guiding you through an evidence-based process with clarity and confidence.

Succession Planning includes:

  • Assessing the church to understand its current culture and vitality
  • Engaging the congregation in a well-planned, participative, transparent and inclusive process
  • Assessing the departing pastor to understand the gifts and strengths that have shaped the church over time and prevent a gap hire
  • Effectively addressing complexities or remedial issues
  • Working with leadership to craft an appropriate transition plan and timeline
  • Establishing a search plan

Every leadership transition impacts the momentum of mission. NL Moore & Associates works with you to craft a tailored succession plan that minimizes the risks and maximizes the potential during seasons of leadership change.

There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. -Winston Churchill

Often when leaders are called on to make important decisions, differing ideas emerge about what’s best. Sometimes decision-makers are so close to internal issues that they fail to have perspective about the kind of challenge or complexity that is in play within their own culture. Other times they lack clarity about how decisions will be received or how much support they will have for one decision versus another.

You don’t have to serve in church leadership for long before someone whispers their perspective and follows it with, “…and I’m not the only one who feels that way.” Leaders are left wondering, “how many people do feel that way?”

Every plan is the right plan, depending on the circumstance.

During seasons of pastor search, succession planning or strategic planning, the insight and information offered through congregational assessment provides leaders with the clarity and confidence they need to take steps in the right direction.

Assessment includes:

  • A customizable 85-question online survey that yields insight into church health and culture
  • A benchmarked instrument that allows every church attender to speak into the process. It is confidential, inclusive, transparent, anonymous and completely impartial
  • Key insights that inform direction and next steps to effectively achieve goals
  • A personalized, interpretive debrief with one of our trained consultants
  • Assistance in integrating results to your current context – whether pastor search, succession planning, ministry improvement or strategic planning

NL Moore & Associates is proud to utilize the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) to help churches make better decisions in less time with more confidence. Using the Congregational Assessment Tool is like taking your church to a doctor, a travel agent and a tailor. It provides leaders with a unifying read-out on the overall health and vitality of the church, clear direction and priorities about where to head in the future, and insights into culture and specific opportunities that empower effective decision-making.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

In the church, the needs of the ministry and the pressure of limited time and resources often prevent pastors, board members and ministry teams from learning about themselves and how they can optimize their work together. The urgent takes precedent over the important. NL Moore & Associates provides coaching that equips leaders to maximize collective effectiveness through increased understanding of individual and team dynamics.

As your ministry consultant, we offer a variety of tools and coaching services to help leaders and teams maximize and develop the talents and strengths around the table.

Because the success of the church is too important to get it wrong.

For the Board

  • Succession Planning workshop
  • Board development and effectiveness coaching
  • Gap assessment
  • Transitional coaching

For the Pastor

  • Professional development coaching
  • Transitional coaching
  • Senior pastor and executive pastor start up coaching
  • Pastoral discernment coaching
  • Succession Coaching for departing pastor and spouse

For the Team

  • Staff team development workshop
  • Professional development coaching
  • Executive team development following new leader start
  • Gap assessment

Coaching Tools Available to our Clients

  • Ministry Insights Profile
  • EQ-i 2.0 or EQ-i 360
  • SIMA Motivated Abilities Pattern (MAP)
  • StrengthsFinder
  • DiSC assessment
  • Myers-Briggs
  • Focal Points Board Survey
  • Pulse Staff Survey

We’re Here To Guide You Through Your Next Transition!