Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond Partners With Other Baptist Leaders to Provide a Recruitment Solution

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Web-based platform matches pastoral candidates with Baptist churches across the country.

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR), along with three other Baptist-affiliated groups, recently launched LeaderConnect, a web-based Internet reference and referral service provided to match pastoral candidates with Baptist churches. For more information on BTSR, visit:

The Network for Ministerial Excellence (NEMEX) Matching Consortium created LeaderConnect with a funding grant from Lilly Endowment, a philanthropic organization. BTSR, the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's state and national organizations will be the first to offer this service to the Baptist community.

The consortium selected The Merge Computer Group, Inc. as a technology partner for the web-enabled project. The database will enable individual pastoral and church staff candidates and congregations an environment for a confidential exchange of information.

Dr. Timothy Norman, Director of Congregational Relationships at BTSR states, "Simply put, the system seeks to connect prospective candidates and churches."

There is no fee to use the electronic reference and referral system, and churches and candidates will be required to access the system via BTSR's website, or through the other collaborators on the project. To use the system, users will:

  • Visit the BTSR site, and be prompted to enter a username and password to access the system;
  • Develop a detailed profile;
  • Be contacted by someone in the consortium to initiate the search process.

Pastoral candidates will be able to access information about churches looking to fill staff vacancies, such as location, community characteristics, size of congregation and position description. Churches will be able to access personal information about ministerial candidates, including general contact information, education, experience and electronic resumes.

For more information about LeaderConnect contact Dr. Timothy Norman at 804-204-1224, or visit the BTSR website at:

About Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond is a distinctively Baptist seminary operating within the context of an ecumenical consortium to train men and women for effective leadership in the various ministries of the church. Founded in March 1989, the seminary officially opened for classes in September 1991, with 32 students. This year, BTSR will enroll more than 300 men and women called to train for Christian ministry. For more information on BTSR, visit:

About Merge Computer Group Inc.

The Merge Computer Group Inc. is a business and technology consulting firm with clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information on Merge Computer Group, visit:


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