ChurchStaffing Hiring Articles

  • Staying Encouraged as a Leader

    by Matt Brown
    Leadership in the church, a business or other area of society can be draining at times. There is the constant task of keeping people on track with the vision, keeping multiple projects moving at any given time, and dealing with challenges and obstacles on a regular basis. Maybe you don't feel like much of a leader, but my guess is that you are leading people more than you realize. One of the greatest challenges of leading people is keeping yourself ...   Read More
  • 7 Ways to Help a New Staff Member Succeed

    by Ron Edmondson
    I recently received the following message from a pastor friend: “I have a new full-time associate pastor starting next week. What suggestions would you give for getting such a person off to a great start?” What a great question! I’m so glad someone is actually asking it. Through the years I have hired hundreds of people. I don’t do a lot of things right, but finding good people seems to be one of my strengths. Getting ...   Read More
  • 10 Hard Lessons I’ve Learned about Leading the Lord's Church

    by Joe McKeever
    This is not the final list. I’m still learning. Most of what follows about leading God’s church is counter-intuitive. Which is to say, it’s not what one might expect. In no particular order... 1. Size is overrated. “It doesn’t matter to the Lord whether He saves by the few or the many” (I Samuel 14:6).  Most pastors, it would appear, have wanted to lead big churches, wanted to grow their church to ...   Read More
  • Do You Lead Leaders or Lead Followers?

    by Ron Edmonson
    In my leadership experience there are two kinds of leaders. There are those who are willing to lead leaders and those who will only lead followers. Some leaders refuse to be leaders of leaders. Sadly I have witnessed many pastors who fall into “follower only” category, refusing to allow leaders to develop in the church. Their fear of losing control or power, being upstaged, or simply never learning the value of empowering others, causes ...   Read More
  • 3 Things Church Staff Need to Know About Their Job

    by Joe McKeever
    “Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service” (2 Timothy 4:11). From time to time, pastors invite me to spend an hour or two with their leadership team, primarily the church staff, at their weekly meeting. It’s informal and conversational and takes place around the office conference table with the coffee pot going and a rapidly diminishing plate of donuts before us. Some thoughts ...   Read More
  • 5 Ways a Bad Hire Affects Your Church

    by Kendal Drinkwine, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    In our work here at Vanderbloemen, we've had churches approach us for help after they unknowingly made a bad hire. We've seen how a new hire can either have a positive or negative impact on the team, the church, and the path toward which the church is headed. Any new addition to your church staff is a huge decision and shouldn’t be made lightly. A bad hire can lead to a load of struggle that will take a lot of time to repair. Here ...   Read More
  • 5 Ways to Fight Insecurity as a Pastor or Leader

    by Ron Edmondson
    I was talking with a young pastor recently. He is overwhelmed with the responsibility he’s been given. His church expects a lot from him…leading the church, preaching great messages, and seeing the baptistry consistently in use. He realizes the weight of his position, but much of it he doesn’t feel qualified to deliver. He accepted the position knowing there would be challenges, but now he’s wondering if he’s in over ...   Read More
  • 5 Things to Include in Your Church Staff Onboarding Process

    by Kendal Drinkwine, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    The best way to have your new hire love their environment and their job quickly is make them feel welcome on your church staff. If your new hire walks into their first day on the job and they don’t feel like you are prepared for them, there will be a lot of confusion and uncertainty. If you do not have an onboarding process for your incoming employees or you are looking for ways to improve your current process, check out the following ...   Read More
  • 7 Hints You're about to Make a Bad Leadership Decision

    by Ron Edmondson
    Have you ever made a bad decision in leadership? Of course, we all have. It is actually part of the way we grow as leaders. I’ve made many bad decisions in my leadership. Thankfully, the longer I lead, the more I have developed some warning signs I’m about to make another. There are certain clues which help me pinpoint a potential bad move – even before I pull the trigger of decision. Please understand, these aren’t full ...   Read More
  • How to Interview for Mission and Vision Alignment

    by Sarah Newsome, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    Every church wants a staff full of people who are all aligned with the church’s mission and vision and moving in unity towards the same goals. Having church staff members who don’t match with your mission and vision can be frustrating for you and them and can cause you to either miss the mark or at least be delayed in accomplish what you envision for your faith community. And eventually, you have to face the difficulties of letting people ...   Read More