Thom Rainer of Lifeway posted about the Seven New Trends in the Pastor Search Process. They are kind of interesting, lots of looking at blogs and twitter to see how a potential employee interacts with others, questions about "emotional intelligence", credit and criminal checks, etc. What was missing was any hint of calling men from within the body, men called as pastors because you know what kind of man they are rather than men you call from somewhere else based on their resume, sermons and an interview hoping they are the kind of man you should follow.
People you gather with weekly for a long time are known to you. I don't need to check out what they say on Facebook because I actually know them, I know what kind of person they are and based on that whether they are someone who should be recognized as an elder. I don't care how many blog posts you read or how many sermons you listen to, a man you have barely met is a stranger until they have been in place for a while and by then it is too late. Little wonder that we have such a revolving door among professional clergy and so many bad matches with pastors and churches. We pick pastors like they are mail order brides and then act all bewildered when the inevitable divorce happens.