The most precious asset of an organization is people. Get the right team, and you’re off to the races. Hire the wrong team, you’ll likely move slowly—and perhaps even backwards.
More and more, churches are doing what smart corporations have done for years: use staffing specialists to help identify the very best people for their teams.
Last month, two of the leading search firms in the church world united. The Vanderbloemen Search Group (specializing in large church executive searches) and Help Staff Me (specializing in mid-level staff) have combined their resources and expanded their network of relationships.
In the wake of their merger, several prominent church leaders interviewed William Vanderbloemen and Justin Lathrop, the two companies’ founders, to talk about trends they are seeing in church staffing in a variety of specialties.
Since more than 65% of my readers are in a church leadership position, I’ve compiled several of these posts as a resource:
- Rick Warren’s website, Pastors.com, interviewed William and Justin about trends they are seeing in staffing.
- Tim Stevens, who hires almost exclusively from within, asked, “Why hire from the outside?”
- Josh Griffin, a leading Student Pastor asked, “How do I become an indispensable staff pastor?”
- Mark Howell explored small group trends.
- Scott Williams, a leading church blogger, asked, “What key questions should I ask when looking for a team member?”
- Tony Morgan talked with William about the looming succession planning crisis in the church.
- Michael Lukasweski is about to plant a church in New York City. He asked the guys for particular pointers in staffing for large city churches.
- Jim Sheppard, a generosity guru, asked about coming changes in church staffing.
- Kent Shaffer, another popular blogger, wrote a great article on, “How to Fill Church Jobs with Quality Leadership.”
- Greg Atkinson asked for a pointers on getting promoted.
- Rhett Smith dove into the topic of staff chemistry and how teams can work better together.
- Bryan Miles asked William to quickly explain the value of conducting a search process.
- Herbert Cooper, pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in the U.S., asked what fast growing churches should look for in staff.
- Vision consultant Will Mancini explored the importance of vision clarity when staffing.
- Shawn Lovejoy, head of Churchplanters.com, asked the guys to give advice to church planters about staffing.
If you are a church or ministry looking to hire, or a candidate seeking job search advice, contact these guys or submit your resume. They are confidential, professional, and have the unusual combination of real-time church experience and corporate search work.