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The J. Arthur Group

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Contact us today. We're in Vancouver, Washington, and we're capable of working throughout the nation.

         We find exceptional pastors

              for positions in churches.

About us . . . .

      And new positions in churches

               for exceptional pastors.


The J. Arthur Group is a recruiting firm that exclusively represents pastors, and most of our work is done with outreach pastors. John Emanuelson is the principal of the firm. He brings twenty-five years of recruiting experience that he accumulated in the competitive Silicon Valley market. John has an abiding interest in reaching those in our communities that do not yet know Jesus, so he is focusing this enthusiasm for outreach to his professional efforts.

John typically finds potential candidates by exclusively networking. That is, when requested to find a pastor for a church, he will start by reaching out to his contacts to obtain their recommendations of the most capable candidates, simply because most pastors know who the best pastors are in their area.  

One advantage of working with John is that he is approaching pastors that are frequently not seeking new positions. They're generally happy where they are, they're successful, challenged, and our experience is that such individuals usually represent a higher level of competence.


Outreach Pastors offer a special benefit to churches which is often overlooked, because they are hired specifically to motivate families and individuals to attend their church and become new Christians that contribute to their communities. Outreach pastors increase attendance. An example . . . . . . a church in the Pacific Northwest led by an energetic and innovative senior pastor recently reported an average 2018 weekend attendance of almost 1,500 people, and the church's total income, which included funds beyond those donated by their congregation, was $2.4 million. That's an average about $1,600 per person that attends this church. So, should that church hire an Outreach Pastor at perhaps $50K they would need to increase the average weekend attendance by only 32 people to pay that pastor's salary! There would be other expenses to be considered, but covering the salary by such a small increase in attendance certainly highlights the attractiveness of adding an outreach pastor to a church’s staff. 


The fee for the work we offer is negotiable, and you may be surprised at the fee we will accept. We are confident that we will be fairly compensated, and we will primarily be privileged to help you find and call the right candidates. Guarantees that benefit the church are built into our fee structure, as well, and there are no upfront charges. The church only pays us any fee if the candidate referred by The J. Arthur Group is unconditionally the best the church has found, and the candidate accepts the church’s call.


We look forward to working with you.




John Emanuelson















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