Welcome to the wild and wacky world of hiring in the church! It's a strange and mysterious place where the rhythms of the calendar can make all the difference in finding the perfect candidate for your team
So, when is the best time to launch your search for new team members? Well, it's a bit of a balancing act. On the one hand, you want to find the best possible candidates, and that might mean waiting for the perfect moment to strike. On the other hand, you don't want to wait too long and risk losing out on top talent to other churches.
One good time to start your search is in January. This is a natural time for people to be thinking about new beginnings and making changes in their lives, so it's a great opportunity to catch people's attention. Plus, with all the holiday craziness behind you, you'll have a little more time and energy to devote to the hiring process.
Another good time to start your search is after Easter. This is a time of renewed energy and commitment for many church-goers, and it's a great time to tap into that enthusiasm by bringing on new team members.
The fall is also a good time to start your search, but be sure to avoid the busy Thanksgiving season if you can. Nobody wants to be interviewed while they're trying to cook a turkey or shop for Black Friday deals.
Of course, the best and worst times to start your search will depend on your specific church and its culture. If you have a dynamic and exciting church that people are eager to be a part of, you might find that candidates are lining up at your door no matter what time of year it is.
But if you're having a hard time attracting top talent, it might be time to take a closer look at your church's culture. Are you offering a positive and supportive environment for your team? Are you clearly communicating your vision and values to potential candidates? If not, it might be worth seeking out some help from the Chemistry Coaches. They can help you create a church culture that people will be excited to be a part of.
So, don't let the rhythms of hiring in the church get you down. With a little bit of planning and some help from the experts, you can find the perfect candidate to join your team and make a big impact on your church.
So ... happy hiring!
Do you need some help thinking through how to find the right staff member? Or maybe your team needs a little coaching. I'd love to have a conversation with you!
Mark Maestas is an innovated and passionate Pastor with over 20 years of experience leading at a high level. He is known for both building and bringing teams to their full potential with his passionate vision and collaborative leadership. In 2002, Mark and his wife, Jamie, founded Maestas Consulting that specializes in helping both Churches and Non-profits. Mark has worked on Executive Teams at several churches to include Sagebrush, Southeast Christian (Denver), and Journey Church. Mark graduated from Howard Payne University (summa cum laude) and Denver Seminary (magna cum laude). He currently lives in Bloomington, IL with his wife and three sons.