ChurchStaffing Hiring Articles

  • Creating a Culture Of Character in Your Company

    by Tom Hill
    Leaders of businesses, nonprofits or ministries know that every current and future employee represents their organization's name (or brand) in the marketplace. Scripture declares, "A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold." (Proverbs 22:1). With tough economic times for business, highly visible ethics violations in major corporations, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and a "flat" business world, the character ...   Read More
  • 5 Ways Leaders Can Make Sure They Hear the Truth from Their Team

    by Philip Nation
    Leaders must ask questions. In fact, asking the right questions is an essential skill to being an effective leader. Parallel to that skill is the ability to own the answer. Let me illustrate what I mean. In an organization in which I was the leader, we needed to make a decision that would affect the future state of our work. The one decision that was about to be made would determine our goal for the next few years, what work we would embark upon, ...   Read More
  • 3 Ways to Create Contagious Staff Culture

    by Casey Hampton, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    The desire to fit in is an innate part of life. Few people like to be the odd man out, and everyone wants to find others like themself to live life with. I believe this runs over into our desire to both attend church and work at a place that “fits” who we are as people and as believers.Likewise, for church leaders or business administrators, it's a goal to facilitate a staff culture that embodies our values and beliefs and to find people ...   Read More
  • 5 Traits I Look for in Potential Pastors

    by Rick Whitter
    As a denominational leader with many responsibilities, none is more important than that of appointing pastors to local churches. The futures of the church and the pastor are at stake. So, many considerations come into play. The expectations of the church certainly are considered. In a recent discussion with a local church leader, he told me that they wanted a pastor with “all the gifts and talents.” I informed him that that pastor did ...   Read More
  • 7 Characteristics Of Highly Effective Employees

    by Holly Tate, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    The difference between a mediocre employee and a high-performing employee is night and day.  A mediocre employee fulfills their job responsibilities and checks off their daily tasks. A highly effective employee takes every project to the next level by asking, “How can we improve this to best meet the needs of the people who will be receiving it?” Every great leader wants to hire high-capacity team members who are going to take his ...   Read More
  • Vetting Staff

    by Dr. James Emery White
    One of the most frequent questions I get from fellow pastors has to do with hiring (and firing) staff. As in, …how do you know who to hire? …when do you know it’s time to let someone go? …how do you evaluate current staff in terms of future roles and responsibilities – or even if there is a future? In my book What They Didn’t Teach You In Seminary, I outlined the five “C’s” for hiring: ...   Read More
  • 7 Common Elements of a Healthy Team

    by Ron Edmondson
    What fosters team spirit? What makes a healthy team? All of us want that. I would even say especially leaders. Most of us understand that progress towards a vision is more possible if a healthy team is working together. Also, all of us want to go home at night feeling we’ve done our best, were appreciated for our efforts, and are ready to go at it again tomorrow. That’s part of serving on a healthy team. How do we get there? I’ve ...   Read More
  • 4 Reasons for Leaders to be Encouraged

    by Rick Whitter
    I spoke with a young leader today who is going through an especially challenging time right now. Seems to me as though most leaders are under the gun these days.  I thought this may be a good time to try to encourage my fellow leaders. Think about these four things: Passion is a non-negotiable. Many followers, especially lethargic ones, don’t understand passion. They mistake our drive and intensity for pushiness. While I know leaders ...   Read More
  • 3 Tips for Finding and Training Leaders

    by Rick Whitter
    Every leader since Moses has realized the need for finding other leaders to help shepherd the people (Exodus 18; Deuteronomy 1:9–18). Without sufficient leaders, the church will be limited in size and ministry effectiveness. But how do we get the right people in positions of leadership? I have always said that there is no more important decision in the church than who is leading. Appoint the wrong leaders, and you’ve got big trouble. Here ...   Read More
  • How Your “Gut” May Be Interfering With Your Hiring

    by Milan Ford, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    Earlier this year, the New York Times did an interview with Marla Malcolm Beck, Chief Executive of Blue Mercury, now one of the largest luxury spa and beauty product retail chains in the nation. When asked what was one of the greatest keys to her company becoming such a huge success, Beck credited her ability to interview potential candidates for skill, will, and fit with unbelievable speed. “I’m the queen of the seven-minute interview,” ...   Read More