One thing you probably learned as a church leader is that it's much tougher if you go it on your own.
Our churches are filled with examples of how we're 'better together'. From the songs we sing, to the databases we use, to the curriculum we use in our children's ministry. From Celebrate Recovery and Divorcecare to AWANA and Orange. From PlanningCenter to ProPresenter. It even includes the books we read, the conferences we attend, and the way we structure our services.
We're constantly learning and adapting from what other churches are doing. And when it makes sense, we join forces to make things easier and/or more effective.
The way we look for new staff has changed over the years as well. We used to work almost exclusively within our denomination or tribe to fill open positions. That all changed with the internet. Now many churches use great church staff websites (like ChurchStaffing.com) and, if you're a larger church, you might employ the services of a managed search firm. Both of these options have dramatically widened the reach that your local church can have when attracting candidates to your own hometown and specific ministry opening.
But what if we were able to take staff searches one step further? By joining together with other churches across the country that are looking for the same position as you, what if you were able to double, triple, or even increase your potential candidate pool by 10x? Crowdsourcing your next church staff hire could help increase your chances of finding the right person... the healthy, long-term fit you've been searching for.
Here's what we're finding in our work at Chemistry Staffing: When we are conducting multiple searches for different churches for the same type position at the same time, we can use that search synergy to actually find more (and better) candidates.
In a way, it makes it possible for your church to 'crowdsource' your next staff opening.
How does this work?
Well... if we're looking for a new worship pastor for a church in San Antonio, plus a worship pastor for churches in Iowa, Florida, and Michigan, we are able to increase the number of worship applicants that we can then assess for not just one worship pastor opening, but four.
Maybe a worship pastor applies for the church in Florida, but in reality is a better fit for the church in Michigan.
We find on the front-end of any search that quantity of applicants is just as important as quality. In fact, quantity will, eventually, bring the quality candidate that you are looking for. We work hard to get the word out about our open positions in every way possible: social media, email marketing, job boards, denominational and seminary contacts, and our personal 'rolodex' of candidates and 'sneezers'.
When doing this for multiple churches at the same time, we have a much better chance of finding a great fit... a fit that really matches your church's chemistry and DNA.
We are getting ready to launch searches in the next two weeks for Worship Pastors and Executive Pastors. We anticipate starting a good number of Lead Pastor and Student Ministry Pastor searches in the next month. If you're looking to fill one of these positions in your church, let's talk about how we might be able to serve you by including you in our 'synergistic' search process.