Has your church ever searched for a new pastor? Have you ever been on the search committee? Even if this isn’t the case, you’ll be able to relate to The Search Committee, the debut novel from Tim Owens.
A search committee is usually made up of a cross-section of the church membership, and this one is no exception. There’s the retired church elder that drives the van, the opinionated woman who talks non-stop, the resident socially-awkward genius, and the transplanted Yankee. The story is told through the eyes of the youngest member, recently married Travis. The committee travels throughout the Southeast, sneaking into churches to evaluate the pastor’s sermon and trying not to let the local parish know that they’ve come to steal the pastor.
This story is not so much about the search as it is about the committee getting to know each other and overcoming their different personalities and backgrounds . Only when they accomplish this will they be able to select the right pastor for the congregation.
The Search Committee was selected as the first winner of the Operation First Novel contest run by the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. You will understand why when you finish this well-written tale.
I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers for this review.