ChurchStaffing Hiring Articles

  • 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
  • How to Train Others: Five Lessons from Jesus

    by Joe Plemon
    Whether you hire workers for your own business, train co-workers within the context of your current position, or equip others for ministry in your church, you should consider the following lessons from the Master trainer: 1. Be real during the interview process. If you are salivating over a prospective employee, don’t succumb to the temptation of sugar coating the job. When a teacher of religious law asked Jesus if he could follow him, Jesus ...   Read More
  • The One Thing Great Leaders Need

    by Mark Batterson
    Contextual Intelligence In the book In Their Time, Anthony Mayo and Nitin Nohria profile some of the greatest business leaders of the twentieth century. Those leaders lived in different eras, worked in different industries, and faced different chal­lenges, but the authors found one common denominator among them—contextual intelligence. It’s the differentiating factor between success and failure in for-profit and nonprofit dreams. ...   Read More
  • 7 of My Most Repeated Leadership Advice

    by Ron Edmondson
    Here is how a post like this develops. I meet with leaders weekly (largely pastors) either in person or online. It fuels me to invest in younger leaders and always challenges me as I learn from them. I’m a better leader because I intentionally invest in other leaders. There’s a hint for some of you more seasoned leaders. Want to grow as a leader? Find someone younger in whom you can invest? But, it always seems the so-called wisdom ...   Read More
  • Why Finishing the Race Matters in Leadership

    by Guy Hatcher
    Leadership is about finishing life’s races. Too often we are great at starting something or pursuing a dream but we fall short of following thru until the end. Strong leaders don’t stop short of their call or purpose in life. They keep going until they cross the finish line even when met with challenges and obstacles along their way. Do you remember Derek Redmond? He was favored to win the gold in the 400 meter run for Team Britain in ...   Read More