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Manifesto: We've Got to Stop the Bad Church Hires

Discover how to navigate staffing dilemmas in churches and achieve healthy transitions for long-term success with our insightful blog post.

Bad Hires, Right Fit, Church Staff

Aiming for Healthy Transitions: Navigating Staffing Dilemmas in Churches

Churches across America are frequently grappling with recurring pain points, primarily revolving around hiring practices. It is time we collectively address and put an end to unhealthy hiring patterns that distress churches and church staff alike. For this purpose, let's deep dive into the anatomy of long-term fit in church hiring.

The Church Hiring Conundrum

Understanding and accepting the gravity of the issue is the first step to solving this pervasive problem. It is worth noting that approximately 59% of church staff had unpleasant experiences with their last staff transitions, with many claiming that the system had, in some ways, failed them. Moreover, an average church staff member lasts for about three and a half years, emphasizing the frequency of unhealthy transitions among the church community.

The goal, hence, is to facilitate healthy transitions and promote the concept of long term fits. As church leaders, both our recruitment and vetting processes need revision to move towards this aim.

Five Elements of Healthy Long-term Fits in Church Staffing

When hiring new church staff or seeking a position in a church, five crucial aspects should be in harmony to ensure a healthy, long-term fit. They are:

  • Theology: The candidates' beliefs should align with the church's teachings.
  • Church Culture & DNA: Every church has a unique culture, and the candidates should jive with this environment.
  • Personality: Chemistry among team members is essential for cooperation and efficient operations.
  • Skills & Abilities: Candidates must have the specific skills required for the job.
  • Chemistry: Candidates should want to serve in that particular church community, creating a natural affinity that promotes long-term commitment.

Missing even a single one of these components can considerably reduce the chances of a successful, long-lasting association.

The Path to Healthier Church Staffing

If we wish to reduce the turnover rates amongst church staff and increase the lifespan of church hires, the solution lies in a critical reevaluation of our approaches. We need to stop instinctive hires based solely on personality or skills. Instead, we must prioritize the alignment of all the five elements highlighted above.

If you are a church seeking quality staff, or if you are a candidate seeking long-term opportunities, we welcome you to explore our resources at chemistrystaffing.com.

Let’s work together to create healthier, more satisfying connections within the Church community.

For a deeper insight into this topic, tune into today's Healthy Church Staff Podcast episode.

Todd Rhoades

Todd Rhoades

Todd has invested over 30 years in serving churches, having served as a worship pastor for over 15 years, a church elder for more than a decade, and in various ministry leadership roles in both the business and non-profit sectors. As the original founder and developer of ChurchStaffing.com, Todd fundamentally changed the way thousands of churches search for pastors and staff on the internet. Todd is a graduate of Cedarville University, and lives in Bryan, OH with his wife, Dawn.

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