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What are the best practices for hiring staff? Should you hire from inside or outside the church? Should you hire quickly or take your time, even if it stresses out the staff filling in temporarily? Should you hire a friend? Should you check their references or background checks? Helpful articles posted below should help answer these and other questions.

 

Want to Reach Millennials? Hire Millennials.

June 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Want to Reach Millennials? Hire Millennials.

I have seen article after article about how to reach millennials in church, how to speak to them, how to create events for them ... it just goes on and on. One thing that I [...]

Staffing Smarts—Free Resource to Download

March 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Staffing Smarts—Free Resource to Download

Our friends at Slingshot have released a great book on effective techniques to help you hire the best. They say: "From building healthy teams to navigating ministry crises in your church staff, the people you [...]

Church Staffing Firms: What Are the Options?

November 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Church Staffing Firms: What Are the Options?

The church is not properly educated when it comes to understanding what their options are in hiring a pastoral staffing firm. Until recently, there was really only one option: Retained Pastoral Search Firms. Understanding the [...]

A Preferred Hiring Path

September 28th, 2016|Comments Off on A Preferred Hiring Path

Do you have a preferred path for making a hire at your church? Everything works better with a plan, including the selection of your next team member. The author of this article wrote up these [...]

Podcast–David Fletcher on Next Generation Leaders

August 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Podcast–David Fletcher on Next Generation Leaders

David was featured on the unSeminary podcast. He talked with Rich Birch about a system for training and releasing next generation leaders. If you don't know UnSeminary yet, dive into their website for rich information on [...]

Four Ways to Turn Off Pastoral Candidates

April 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on Four Ways to Turn Off Pastoral Candidates

The hiring process of a new pastor or ministry director is like going to a school dance. When you know the candidate, the process is like a high school dance; if you don’t, then the [...]

Why the Apostle Paul Could Not Work at Your Church Today

January 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Why the Apostle Paul Could Not Work at Your Church Today

“I wasn’t able to lead my church during the Christmas Eve service this year.” It was just a few short weeks into the New Year and I was with a pastor friend from a neighboring [...]

Video: Should You Hire From Inside or Outside the Church?

October 14th, 2015|Comments Off on Video: Should You Hire From Inside or Outside the Church?

Whether you should hire from within or outside the church when a staff position becomes available is a common question. Truth is, there is no right or wrong answer. Listen as David Lyons, Founder of MinisterSearch, [...]

Five Common Search Committee Mistakes

October 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Five Common Search Committee Mistakes

In churches, universities and nonprofits across the country, search committees gather with high hopes and the intention to see a great leader chosen to lead their organization. None set out to fail, but in our [...]

Employee Handbook

June 7th, 2015|Comments Off on Employee Handbook

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Employee Handbook from Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon, [...]

Where Shall I Focus My Attention?

June 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Where Shall I Focus My Attention?

At the start of the XPastor Online Course on Operations 101--Staffing, I had been in my current role as Director of Ministry Operations at Calvary Bible Church for fourteen months. Calvary is a multi-campus church [...]

Opportunity Profile

June 2nd, 2015|Comments Off on Opportunity Profile

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Opportunity Profile for the Director of Worship [...]

Should You Hire From Within?

January 26th, 2015|Comments Off on Should You Hire From Within?

Thinking of hiring internally? When a church needs to fill a staff position, one of the first questions is always, “Do we want to hire someone from somewhere else, or do we want to hire [...]

Five Reasons to Avoid Questionnaires When Hiring

December 29th, 2013|Comments Off on Five Reasons to Avoid Questionnaires When Hiring

Do you like filling out questionnaires? I don’t. The only time I fill them out is when I have no other choice. But what about when it comes to hiring? Is it a good idea [...]

The Hiring Process

September 9th, 2013|Comments Off on The Hiring Process

One of the most exciting and challenging aspects of working together in a staff context is finding the right hire to fill an open position. The excitement comes from understanding that the staff group/team is [...]

A Ten Step Process for Hiring Church Staff

August 12th, 2013|Comments Off on A Ten Step Process for Hiring Church Staff

I’ve hired a handful of staff members in my time; however, I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve never committed the full process to paper—all in one place. After processing the XPastor Online Course material [...]

Eight Ways to Respond When Facing Rejection

August 7th, 2013|Comments Off on Eight Ways to Respond When Facing Rejection

You will learn more about a person’s character when they face rejection than when they face success. It’s easy to feel enthusiastic, fearless, and prideful when we feel successful. However, being rejected or feeling defeated [...]

Book Review: Staff Your Church for Growth

July 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: Staff Your Church for Growth

Gary McIntosh’s book, Staff Your Church for Growth, is ambitious in its broad coverage of topics related to developing a team to lead a church---all within the context of the current dynamics of American culture, [...]

Book Review: All Rise—Church Staffing

June 26th, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: All Rise—Church Staffing

I am not an XP yet, but I do hope to be one when I grow up. In my pursuit of knowledge about the role and the many areas an XP has to keep track [...]

The Interview Process and Sample Questions

June 17th, 2013|Comments Off on The Interview Process and Sample Questions

To get to the in-person stage of the interview process, the candidate has successfully gone through one or two phone interviews. Below are some ideas for how the in-person interviews should proceed. Included are some [...]

Interviewing the Church … While They Interview You

June 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Interviewing the Church … While They Interview You

I have worked at two different churches full-time and have learned, through my experiences, how and what to look for in a church. I do not consider myself to be an expert but want to [...]

Employment Application

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Employment Application

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, and opportunity profiles. Below is a link to an Employment Application from the Old North [...]

Good Fit or Poor Fit: How Can You Tell?

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Good Fit or Poor Fit: How Can You Tell?

When Goldilocks visited the Three Bears’ house, she tried three different rocking chairs. Papa Bear’s was “too big,” she decided. Then Baby Bear’s broke into a dozen pieces under her weight. “Too small,” she declared [...]

Opportunity Profile Example

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Opportunity Profile Example

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---one of these items is an Opportunity Profiles. An Opportunity Profile should be prepared to aid in orienting candidates to the [...]

The Hidden Step in Hiring: Get to Know “X”

December 18th, 2012|Comments Off on The Hidden Step in Hiring: Get to Know “X”

In my career, I have hired dozens and dozens of pastors, ministry directors and church workers. There are huge differences between hiring people in each one of these categories. To name just a few, there [...]

The Cost of Hiring Mistakes

December 18th, 2012|Comments Off on The Cost of Hiring Mistakes

In most churches, the ministry year begins September 1. Kids get promoted to new classrooms, youth programs have new plans and preachers begin a new series. Many people decide to find a church in September. [...]

Strengthening Your Staff

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Strengthening Your Staff

As an experienced executive pastor, and as the founder of XPastor, I often have people contact me with questions about ministry. One of the most frequent issues that church leaders bring to me is about [...]

Opportunity Profile Example

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Opportunity Profile Example

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the 2005 Opportunity Profile from Grace Covenant Church in [...]

Honing a Church Staff

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Honing a Church Staff

By definition, leaders build teams. One cannot be a leader unless others follow. In a similar vein—and again by definition—a church involves a plurality of people. One person cannot operate as a church. It takes a team [...]

Leading Through a Senior Pastor Transition

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading Through a Senior Pastor Transition

Nothing jolts a church quite like the resignation of its senior pastor. Shock, disbelief, confusion, disappointment. And that’s just the get-go of the attending reactions and emotions. While the inner circle of leadership may see [...]

“Calvin Grads Dominate 2006 Pastors’ Draft”

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on “Calvin Grads Dominate 2006 Pastors’ Draft”

Never forget to laugh! Here is some great fun from Joel Kilpatrick, founder of Larknews.com. You don't know about Lark News?  It's a Christian version of The Onion ... so put on your sense of [...]

How to Get Hired at a Large Church

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How to Get Hired at a Large Church

David Fletcher gave this PowerPoint presentation at Dallas Seminary in 2002. There was a "snappy" discussion on the topic that was highly animated at times. This 28-slide PDF begins to explore some of the issues of getting [...]

Ten Steps to Hiring Great Pastors and Directors

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Ten Steps to Hiring Great Pastors and Directors

Executive Pastors face an enormous challenge—hiring great staff. An XP called me because he had a hiring dilemma. “I think that I have a great candidate, but I need your input.” In working with church [...]

Caesar Takes a Pastor’s Salary

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Caesar Takes a Pastor’s Salary

Few issues are as misunderstood, abused and confused as the tax implications of a pastor’s salary. The issue is so different from compensation in the business world that some CPA’s have given errant advice to [...]

How to Hire: The In-Person Interview

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How to Hire: The In-Person Interview

There are many steps to successfully hiring a new pastor or director. In the first five steps of the process, you have posted the job, received resumes and conducted interviews by telephone. The sixth step [...]

Hiring 101: How the “Great” Ones Do It

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Hiring 101: How the “Great” Ones Do It

Hiring. Just saying the word out loud for many pastors produces audible groans, pained expressions and rolling eyes. Hiring. Everyone knows it’s a necessity; hardly anyone sees it as glamorous. Yet a few, perhaps, see in it [...]

Hiring For Right Fit

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Hiring For Right Fit

An important word when talking about hiring is chemistry. And it seems to me that there’s hardly a topic that could be more important or relevant for today. Every winning sports team seems to have and talk [...]

Hiring: Last Step, Best Step

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Hiring: Last Step, Best Step

In the art of hiring the right candidate for a position, I’ve found that the last step is the most important. After all the work of creating a position, describing it accurately, and reviewing numerous [...]

Hiring an Executive Pastor?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Hiring an Executive Pastor?

A couple of months ago, I was asked to give a presentation entitled, “Executive Pastor: If, When, Why, How?” As you can guess from the title, the focus was on churches that were thinking about [...]

When Hiring a Worship Pastor

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on When Hiring a Worship Pastor

This article is for Senior Pastors and Executive Pastors that are involved in the hiring process. For some of you, you’ve been there, done that and have some great insights to share with us. For [...]