(But Six Months Later Discover You Didn’t)
Have you ever bought a quart of beautiful looking strawberries, only to find when you get home from the store that there were six beautiful strawberries at the top, and a quart full of half-ripe berries filling the rest of the container?
It's no secret that the best berries are the most visible.
It's a mistake to think that every berry will look just like the ones visible at the top of the quart container.
It seems the only way to see what you're getting is to dump out all of the strawberries and inspect each one.
No one does that. It takes too much time. (and it's probably socially unacceptable).
Even though that's the best logical solution and alternative to purchasing 80% unripe berries.
We do this all the time in the church world.
When churches hire new staff members, many times, they are just looking at the top berries... the most easily seen attributes of candidates.
Where did they go to school?
What degree do they have?
Where did they serve last?
What denomination or tribe are they in?
How old are they?
How does their resume look?
Do I like them personally?
Unfortunately, none of these top-level filters give you an accurate representation of how a candidate would do in your church long-term.
But hiring off of just these 'surface layer' attributes is what churches do most often. Then six months later, they're confused when all the bad berries start to show up.
Oh... and candidates do this too. They measure churches by:
How much they like the pastor
Few (if any) of these criteria tell you how well you will fit at a church long-term.
Many churches and candidates get married after the first date. Then wonder why marriage isn't working out.
All the ripe berries off the top are gone.
When hiring (or accepting a new ministry position), be sure to do your due diligence. Ask the right questions. Probe. See if the chemistry is there. Check integrity. And don't go off your feelings.
At Chemistry Staffing, we've become pretty keen at finding the bad berries that bury themselves during the job interview and courting relationship. We know what questions to ask to see if the candidate really would be an excellent long-term fit at your church.
We stand ready to help you or your church ask the right questions, cut through the top layer, and find what fits and works.
That is the key to long-term fruitful ministry.
Have a great week in ministry,