Friday, April 20, 2018

Hey Fletch … Here in Nigeria I have a question. I would like to know if there are templates on church staff recruitment decision making … like a decision grid.

DRF—I’m not sure that I would use the word ‘template,’ as each church is unique. You want to create a style, or template, that reflects who your church is. Yet, there are many common issues to hiring among churches. To address these common factors, I wrote an article that may help you: A Ten Step Process For Hiring Church Staff. 

Here are the 10 Steps: 1) Send your job description to multiple sources and receive resumes. 2) Respond to each applicant via email within a week. 3) Make an initial phone call to candidates who fit your description and profile. 4) Make a second call to those you are interested in. 5) Check references. 6) First “in person” interview. 7) Have the candidate put his/her thoughts on paper. 8) Second “in person” interview. 9) Bring the interview team together for a final call on the candidate. 10) The hiring lead makes the offer.

You should examine each of the ten steps and see how they fit your situation in Nigeria. Your local church polity and policy may come into play, such as who does the selection and who makes the final decision. I am not an expert on Nigerian culture or the structure of your church … but the principles can help you create a hiring template. 

God’s best to you across the ocean and thanks for writing.