ChristianJobs Hiring Articles

  • 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
  • Do You Lead Leaders or Lead Followers?

    by Ron Edmonson
    In my leadership experience there are two kinds of leaders. There are those who are willing to lead leaders and those who will only lead followers. Some leaders refuse to be leaders of leaders. Sadly I have witnessed many pastors who fall into “follower only” category, refusing to allow leaders to develop in the church. Their fear of losing control or power, being upstaged, or simply never learning the value of empowering others, causes ...   Read More
  • 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