Church Employment Articles

  • 3 Examples of Being a Leader for a Season

    by Ron Edmondson
    I am frequently contacted when someone is debating the right time to leave a leadership position. I once wrote 10 Scenarios to Determine If It’s Time to Quit. It’s still one of my more requested blog topics. Deciding when it is time to leave a leadership position is one of the hardest decisions a leader makes. Thankfully, there are still leaders with a sense of loyalty, who want to do the right thing, and they simply do not know how ...   Read More
  • Finding Your Work/Life Balance in 2017

    by Terence Chatmon
    Want a 31-hour work week, move to Paris! The definition of what is work and what is personal, along with the line between them, has become blurred for some and old news for others. Work is a part of life – 46 hours of life, for those who live and work in America. And that is the key, to make work a part of life – not your whole life. We were designed for work of a different sort, to glorify the Father and enjoy Him forever. For many ...   Read More
  • 7 Practices Every Leader Needs to Know

    by Brad Lomenick
    Leading a company that produced large events for a solid decade means I’ve spent a lot of time in green rooms with “important” people. They are often places where everyone talks about books they’ve written, companies they’ve launched, money they’ve raised, and awards they’ve received. They keep others at arm’s length, and work hard to create the aura of success. (There are exceptions to the rule, of ...   Read More
  • 7 Ways a Leader Can Invite Constructive Feedback

    by Ron Edmondson
    I remember an especially hard year as a leader. It was so bad several members of our staff had told me where I was letting them down. So much for having an “open door policy”. The next year I closed the door.  Not really, but this was a year where staff members said to me, “I have a problem with you.” They may not have used those exact words, but the point was clear – I can be an idiot at times. There were significant ...   Read More
  • 3 Interview Questions Pastors Must Be Prepared To Answer

    by Jamie Byrd, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    In my role at Vanderbloemen Search Group, I get the amazing opportunity to talk daily with pastors seeking their next ministry opportunity. Often, what separates good candidates from the great ones is a candidate’s ability to give thoughtful responses to the questions asked of them. A person who is able to answer questions succinctly and articulately comes across as being prepared and having a high interest in the position. Whether ...   Read More
  • How Personal Branding Can Help You in Your Church Job Search

    by Katie Bivens, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    Recently, I was in conversation with one of my colleagues about the importance of personal branding. He looked at me with a quizzical expression on his face as I described it. This stopped me in my tracks. As a public relations major in college, the concept of personal branding was drilled into my head as I worked my way through my studies. I even took a design class that had an entire month dedicated to the importance of creating a brand ...   Read More
  • How to Protect Yourself from Work Burnout

    by Michael Lee Stallard
    The Primary Cause of Job Burnout The gold standard job burnout assessment is the 22-question Maslach Burnout Inventory  (“MBI”) by University of California, Berkeley psychology professor, Christina Maslach. The MBI surveys three areas: exhaustion, depersonalization and professional efficacy. According to Dr. Maslach, people often think the demands of their jobs are the primary contributors to burnout. Interestingly, she has found ...   Read More
  • 5 Steps to Discern a Change in Ministry Assignment

    by Ron Edmondson
    How do you know when God is closing one door in ministry and opening another? I get this question a lot and have previously addressed it, but recently I have received it more frequently so I decided to update this post. Several times in my ministry, first as a layperson and since then in vocational ministry, God has called me to leave one ministry and begin another. It can be a scary place to face the unknown, yet know that God is up to something ...   Read More
  • 4 Simple Steps to Stand Out and Get Noticed

    by Stephen Jennings
    In all my years of interviewing people and helping people with their resume I continue to see the “general resume” that is sent out as a mass mailer. People use the same resume for every position they apply for with little if any change in how they word it. This method does nothing to make a resume stand out and does everything to have it blend in with all the others and in most cases gets it thrown away never gets them an interview. ...   Read More
  • 20 Questions a Pastoral Candidate Should Ask a Search Committee

    by Joe McKeever
    Pastors toss me this issue regularly.  Somewhere in the archives of our website, I’m sure we’ve dealt with this subject.  However, with over 2,000 articles and no index of these things, I suggest that they google “McKeever + (subject),” and see what comes up. Usually, if I’ve written on the subject, it’ll show up in the results. That said, perhaps it’s time to say a few more things about this. Here’s ...   Read More