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Dr. D. James Kennedy founded the world famous Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His ministry spanned fifty years and he launched a number of separate related ministries: schools, seminaries, television ministry and a personal evangelism program known as Evangelism Explosion.

The church discovered that calling a pastor to succeed a very influential pastor was not going to an easy task. This paper looks at the process and problems that resulted into the search and selection of a new pastor. The research examines the experience of seven other churches that had influential pastors leave and documents their results.




Author’s Rationale

The author of this paper and his wife came to Christ as a result of an Evangelism Explosion team visiting their home. They went through membership class and joined Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in 1976. Later the author became a worker in the program and finally became a trainer of other soul winners. He traveled to other churches to install the program and train soul winners there. The author became a member of the Session (the ruling body of a Presbyterian church) in 1979. He personally signed to obtain financing and purchased the equipment to begin the Coral Ridge Television Hour. He and his wife became personal friends of Dr. James Kennedy and his wife, traveling and taking trips together for years.

The author has been an Elder at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church since 1979 and is currently Clerk of Session, which is responsible for overseeing the church budget, capital campaigns, and developmental giving. He was a founding director of Coral Ridge Ministries and served on that board for more than thirty years. During that period he served as Coral Ridge Ministries’ Executive Director on three separate occasions. He has also served on the boards of Evangelism Explosion International and Westminster Academy, the outstanding K-12 Christian school founded by Dr. Kennedy in 1971. Because of his personal relationship with a “legend pastor,” and his membership on the pulpit nominating committee (hereinafter PNC), he has experienced the problems involved in the process of ...Get Complete Material.

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