There are many dangers facing a church that is looking for a new pastor. Especially, there are many dangers facing a large church that is looking for a new pastor.
Firstly, large churches are targets for wolves. False teachers like nothing better than to disrupt the sheep, while feeding on the sheep as they go. I cannot imagine too many churches that a wolf would rather “pastor” than Coral Ridge. Please pray for Coral Ridge as they go into uncharted territory (Dr. Kennedy was the founding pastor of that church).
Secondly, the expectations of the church can be a real problem. No one is going to be identical to Dr. D. James Kennedy in gifts. They should look for a pastor who faithfully preaches the Word of God, and who faithfully administers the sacraments. That should be the highest priority. Of course, the mission of the church has always been huge at Coral Ridge. It is the origin of Evangelism Explosion, the teaching tool developed by Dr. Kennedy.
Thirdly, the expectation of the church can often be for someone snazzy, with all the latest gadgets and whistles, and “methods.” He has to have a Ph.D., etc. They should look instead for someone who is faithful.