ChurchStaffing Hiring Articles

  • 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
  • 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
  • 5 Ways Church Leaders Can Spot High-Capacity Candidates

    by Brian Dunks, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    Every day, I get to help church leaders in the process of church staffing. And consistently, these leaders want to hire what we call "high-capacity" team members. defines capacity as “the ability to receive or contain; the power of receiving impressions or knowledge; mental ability; actual ability to perform, yield, or withstand.” Capacity includes natural gifts and abilities, particular skill sets, measured experiences, ...   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