"God provided Sam Hamstra as a gifted resource and guide for our search team."

See how ChapterNext can help you and your congregation turn the page.

About Us

Sam Hamstra is the founder and leader of ChapterNext, a Chicagoland-based consultancy dedicated to helping congregations open new chapters of dynamic and life-transforming ministry. Since 2007, Sam has been helping congregations turn the page so that they can begin writing new chapters of dynamic and life-transforming ministry. He can help you and your congregation as a pastor search consultant, preaching coach, conference speaker, and church consultant. Read More…

Services

Navigating the Pastor Search Process – A congregation makes few decisions more important than that to call a person to serve as pastor. And, in today’s changing world, a congregation faces few decisions more difficult than discerning who to call as pastor. Never before has the need for an experienced, independent, discerning voice been more obvious. This is where ChapterNext has found a niche. Since its inception, we have guided congregations through a discernment process that has led to mutually beneficial and God-honoring marriages between pastors and people. If you long to open a chapter of ministry with a new pastor, you will want to contact us to learn more. Read More…

Blog

Shall We Hold ‘em or Fold ‘em?

On June 15, 2014, the Park Place Baptist Church in Montgomery, IL was a 147 year-old American Baptist congregation with a dwindling membership, insufficient resources, a pastoral vacancy, a baptismal filled with church records instead of water, and a tired remnant of dedicated members. Uncertain about how to proceed, the congregation partnered with Sam Hamstra Read More…

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