My home church, Christ Fellowship, is in the first stages of pastoral succession. Our lead pastor, Greg DePriest, has been with the church for 25 years. He is a visionary, leader, theologian, discerner, pastor and so much more. As he moves to the next phase of life, we desire to carry forward as a fellowship seeking to “equip individuals to be all God designed them to be.” Identifying the next pastor is something we take seriously. After much thought and study, we chose to retain the services of Vanderbloemen Search Group. This organization has a tremendous reputation for helping churches navigate the succession process. Next is a book, written by their founder – William Vanderbloemen, to help give insight and an overview about what to expect along with several best practices. The book has proven to be of great value to our team.