Church Employment Articles

  • Why God Closes Doors

    by Sarah Martin
    I sat with my computer on my lap and Google at my fingertips. Surely this search would come up fruitful and all of my heart troubles would be alleviated by one confirmation from the ever knowledgeable, all knowing search engine. I typed in this phrase into the little box with the eyeglass... When God shuts a door, He opens a window. After years of seeing this phrase on those cutesy little posters with kittens perched on windows, I was for sure ...   Read More
  • 3 Ways to Know If an "Open Door" is from God

    by Cindi McMenamin
    Just because an opportunity presents itself, and it looks appealing, doesn't necessarily mean it is from God. And likewise, just because an open door looks a little uncertain, doesn't mean you shouldn't walk through it. The key is knowing how to discern if an opportunity is really an open door from God. I don't want to miss those open doors because I was afraid to walk through them. But I also don't want to take every opportunity that comes along, ...   Read More
  • How to Spot a Bad Church Staff Opportunity

    by Bob Sutton, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    “…Know when to walk away, and know when to run.”  - The Gambler by Kenny Rogers Let’s face it, not all church staff opportunities are worth taking. Have you ever noticed that certain fast food places always have a "Help Wanted" sign in the window? That should be some indicator that the problem isn’t with the employee but with the employer. Here are a few warning signs that might help you avoid taking a position ...   Read More
  • 5 Ways to Make the Most of Unemployment

    by Rusty Gates, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    Whether it is planned or unexpected, unemployment of any kind can lead to a difficult season of life. The pressure to pay bills and support a family along with the uncertainty of the job search process can make anyone lose a few hairs. But this time doesn’t have to feel like it's time wasted; rather, it can be a time of transformation and preparation for what is coming next. Arnold van Gennep, a French ethnographer (studier ...   Read More
  • 8 Ways to Become an Emerging Leader

    by Whitney Hopler, Contributing Writer
    Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Jonathan Pearson’s new book Next Up: 8 Shifts Great Young Leaders Make (Moody Publishers, 2014). Older leaders who serve with you in your church, business, or other organization are looking for the right people to take their place once they move on. If you’re going to be one of the next generation of leaders to take charge, you’ll need to use your God-given ...   Read More
  • 4 Reasons God Values Your Work

    by Os Hillman
    Christians often measure the significance of a job by its perceived value from the eternal perspective. Will the work last; will it “really count” for eternity? The implication is that God approves of work for eternity, but places little value on work for the here and now.By this measure, the work of ministers and missionaries has eternal value because it deals with people’s spiritual, eternal needs. By contrast, the work of a salesman, ...   Read More
  • How to Connect Sunday Worship to Monday Work

    by Paul Sohn, Leadership Blogger
    “If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music … Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”– Martin Luther King Jr.One of the greatest epidemics the world is suffering from is the ...   Read More
  • When a Pastor Prepares to Leave

    by Chad Hall, Director of Coaching for Western Seminary
    Life is full of transitions, but perhaps no transition is more difficult to manage than when a pastor considers transitioning to a new place of service. Transitions are best handled through conversation – talking it through with others. But a pastor who is considering (or preparing for) a call to another church has very few people with whom to process the transition. Being a pastor can be rather lonely, but the loneliness is never so profound ...   Read More
  • 8 Ways To Be Excellent In The Workplace

    by Bob Sutton, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    Recently, I was listening to a sermon where the pastor was speaking about working toward excellence. This pastor preached that we, as Christians, should be known not only for our Love, but also for how we are the hardest working people in our workplace, striving for excellence in all we do. It was new to me, that it might be scriptural that we are hard workers. As it turns out, the Apostle Paul agrees with that pastor (or vice versa - see Colossians ...   Read More
  • 6 Steps to a Great Phone Interview

    by Stephen Jennings
    Your resume looked great, it made it past the computers that were looking for keywords and you have now been asked to have a phone interview.  Congratulations!  You are one step closer to getting a face-to-face interview but you must first get through the phone interview.  A phone interview is simply a screening out interview.  Usually it’s done by someone in the human resources department and they are going to ask you ...   Read More