Hiring

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 references and do background checks? Helpful articles posted below should help answer these and other questions.

The Comprehensive List of Interview Questions for Church Staff

August 5th, 2019|Comments Off on The Comprehensive List of Interview Questions for Church Staff

Great interviews hinge on one key component: great questions. And most great and wise people are always on the lookout for good questions. Have you ever noticed how often the Bible says, “Jesus answered [...]

Top 10 Questions Employers Wish They Had Asked

March 8th, 2019|Comments Off on Top 10 Questions Employers Wish They Had Asked

Everyone has regrets, but after a bad hire, those “should have asked” questions pile up quickly! While typically an employer thinks ahead of time what questions they want to ask someone in the interview [...]

Free Church Hiring Toolkit

March 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Free Church Hiring Toolkit

Tiffany Henning, the Chief People Person of HR Ministry Solutions, is making available to the XPastor community her Church Hiring Toolkit. This is an excellent 24 page resource. She says "Afraid of strings attached? [...]

Free E-Book on Smart Succession

February 19th, 2019|Comments Off on Free E-Book on Smart Succession

Dave Travis has a great e-book on Smart Succession. This is available for a free download from this page. Dave successfully steered Leadership Network for many years and now is the Director of Strategic Counsel [...]

Sample Church Employment Application

April 21st, 2018|Comments Off on Sample Church Employment Application

Churches have asked for sample Employment Applications. Use this as a basis for your own application form. XPastor supplies this information for education purposes only. Consult an attorney or labor specialist to determine the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]