ChurchStaffing Hiring Articles

  • 10 Identifiers to Spot a High Character Leader

    by Ron Edmondson
      Do you want to know if a leader has high character? You simply have to observe them long enough. We demonstrate whom we really are by what we really do. Leaders with character can easily be identified. I’m sure there are others, but let me share a few suggestions to spot good character in leaders. Here are 10 identifiers which show a leader has high character: The way they win. Leaders with character win without belittling others ...   Read More
  • 5 Fool-Proof Steps To Ensure A Healthy Working Environment

    by Casey Hampton, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    As more and more millennials enter the work force, a healthy work environment is higher and higher on the list of things employers are thinking about. As a leader, you want to ensure you’re creating the best possible space for your team to work well and effectively, and sometimes it’s hard to know why that isn’t happening. Below I’ve listed 5 things you can do to help ensure your culture is healthy. 1. Encourage  People ...   Read More
  • How to Avoid Hiring a Lemon Pastor

    by Joe McKeever
    A news article on how to avoid buying a lemon when purchasing a car caught my eye. It gave the usual stuff such as reading the information on the window sticker, checking the maintenance record, studying the interior, the exterior, the tires, etc. The thought occurred to me that there should be some equally dependable methods for churches to use in verifying the reliability of the new pastor they are considering. Veteran workers in the Lord’s ...   Read More
  • 3 Mistakes We Make as Leaders

    by Sarah Coleman
    Abraham Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth, Bill Gates, Malala Yousafzai, Bono, Mother Teresa - all very different leaders. Some broke new ground and were a voice for the marginalised and disadvantaged, while others ruled nations. But they all led.  Like these incredible men and women, you are a leader.  In this day and age there is no shortage of leadership material. Podcasts, blog posts, seminars, books, even Pinterest quotes offer endless inspiration ...   Read More
  • The Fuzziness of a Healthy Team

    by Ron Edmondson
    Clarity is often king in organizational dynamics. Clear communication is vital for healthy teams. A huge part of my job as a leader is to help people understand our vision and where we are going next to try to realize it (as well as I know at the time). While this is true there is a paradox when it comes to clarity and organizational health. Some things are actually fuzzy on a healthy team. Indistinct. Muddled. Unclear. As strange as that seems ...   Read More
  • The Number One Principle for Attracting Leaders

    by Ron Edmondson
    One thing I learned very quickly in church revitalization, which I already knew from other experiences, is many times entrepreneurial type leaders disappear when things aren’t working well. People who like big visions don’t hang around when the church is holding on to status quo. If the church wants to argue about paint color real leaders will find another place to attend. They aren’t as interested in the maintenance mode of organizational ...   Read More
  • How to Maximize Effectiveness with Different Communication Styles

    by Meredith Mohr, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    When you work on a creative team, everyone brings something different to the table. So how do you harness all the different yet equally important strengths of your team to work towards your common goals? The simple answer is: understand what makes each other tick. The popularity of personality assessments as a litmus test for potential employees is on the rise. Competency can always be taught, but culture alignment is a much better test of how an ...   Read More
  • Leading with Control Versus Leading with Influence

    by Ron Edmondson
    Let me be honest. I can be a controlling person. It’s part of my character. I know that. I test that way with StrengthsFinders. If no one is taking charge, I’ll take over the room. (And, not because I’m extroverted. I’m not.) If we both come to a four-way stop at the same time – as nice as I try to be and as much as I love others – I won’t stall long for you to decide if you’re going. It’s just ...   Read More
  • 10 Ways to Add Value to People (and Organizations) as a Leader

    by Ron Edmondson
    If you are going to lead – wouldn’t you want to lead in a way which creates value in the lives of others and the organizations you lead? I think this would be true for all of us. The older I get and the longer I lead the less I care about personal recognition and the more important it is to me that what I’m doing as a leader really matters. Of course, I want to first and foremost honor Christ with my life, but I believe doing so ...   Read More
  • 3 Qualities of Great Candidates You Can't See on a Resume

    by Jeff Gilmer, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    There are many different variables you need to take into account when assessing if a ministry candidate is a good fit for your church staff. There are the obvious things like experience in similar context, demonstrated growth in the ministries they have been a part of, the desired education level, etc. But what qualities or characteristics should you be looking for beyond that? What are some qualities that separate the excellent ...   Read More