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Staff Hiring

Young Blood vs. Old Soul

Hiring new staff can be tricky. Do you go for a young, eager candidate or someone more seasoned? Both offer benefits!


Weighing the Pros of Hiring Different Candidates

Hiring a new team member for your church is no walk in the park. It's a delicate balance, akin to finding the precise temperature for your morning cup of coffee - not too hot, not too cold, but just right. The decision becomes all the more complex when you're deliberating between the vibrancy of a fresh perspective and the wisdom of experience.

Young Blood: The Benefits of Hiring Less Experienced Candidates 

Hiring a less experienced candidate (a.k.a. young blood) might seem like a risky move, but it can also bring some seriously exciting perks to the table.

Here are a few:

  • Enthusiasm and fresh perspectives: You know what they say: youth is wasted on the young. But when it comes to church staff, that youthful energy can be an absolute game-changer. Young blood candidates are often bursting with excitement and new ideas, ready to dive headfirst into the wonderful world of ministry. They're adaptable, open to change, and willing to shake things up in the name of progress. If your church is in need of a fresh perspective or a creative spark, a young blood candidate might be just the ticket.
  • Eager to learn and develop: With less experience under their belt, young blood candidates are often hungry for knowledge and eager to grow in their faith and skills. They're open to mentorship, soaking up wisdom from more seasoned staff members like a sponge, and they have the potential for long-term growth within your church. If you're looking for a staff member who's ready to learn, grow, and evolve with your congregation, look no further than a young blood candidate.
  • Tech-savvy and social media skills: Let's face it: technology is a big deal these days, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. Younger candidates tend to be more comfortable navigating the digital landscape, from social media platforms to church management software. By hiring a tech-savvy young blood, you'll not only benefit from their expertise but also help your church stay current and connected in an increasingly digital world.
  • Connecting with younger demographics: As much as we hate to admit it, there's often a generational gap within church congregations. Hiring a young blood candidate can help bridge that gap, providing a relatable presence for younger members and adapting programs to meet their needs. With a young staff member on board, you might just find that your youth ministry starts to thrive like never before.

Old Soul: The Benefits of Hiring More Experienced Candidates

Now, let's talk about those wise old souls, the candidates who've been around the ministry block a time or two (or ten). While they might not have the same youthful exuberance as their young blood counterparts, experienced candidates bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the table. 

Here are some of the benefits of hiring an old soul:

  • Wisdom and experience: When you've been in ministry for a while, you tend to pick up a thing or two. Old soul candidates have a deep understanding of church dynamics, from navigating tricky situations to making informed decisions. They've seen it all, which means they're well-equipped to handle whatever challenges your church might face. If you're looking for someone who can offer sage advice and a steady hand, an old soul candidate is your go-to.
  • Strong leadership skills: With experience comes the development of strong leadership skills. Old soul candidates have likely had the opportunity to lead teams, manage projects, and guide others in their ministry journeys. They know how to motivate, inspire, and support their fellow staff members, creating a positive and productive work environment. If you're searching for a natural-born leader with a proven track record, an old soul candidate might be the perfect fit.

  • Established connections and networks: One of the perks of being in ministry for a while is the opportunity to build connections and networks within the church community. Old soul candidates often have a wide range of contacts, from fellow pastors and ministry leaders to community organizations and resources. These connections can be invaluable when it comes to collaborating on projects, seeking advice, or tapping into new opportunities for your church. 

  • Stability and long-term commitment: While young blood candidates may be more likely to move on to new opportunities, old soul candidates often bring a sense of stability and long-term commitment to their roles. They've weathered the ups and downs of ministry life and understand the value of dedication and perseverance. If you're looking for someone who's in it for the long haul, an old soul candidate could be your best bet.

Balancing the Pros and Cons: What's the Right Fit for Your Church?  

So, now that we've explored the benefits of both young blood and old soul candidates, you might be wondering: which one is the right fit for your church? The answer is… it depends.

Every church is unique, with its own set of needs, priorities, and goals. What works for one congregation might not work for another, and that's okay. The key to hiring a great candidate is to carefully consider the specific needs of your church and weigh the pros and cons of each option.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you make your decision:

  • What are the current strengths and weaknesses of our church staff? Would a young blood or old soul candidate help balance our team?
  • What specific skills and expertise are we looking for in a new staff member? Can we find these qualities in a young-blood or old-soul candidate?
  • How important is long-term commitment and stability to our church? Are we open to the possibility of a staff member moving on to new opportunities in the future?

At the end of the day, the decision between young-blood and old-soul candidates comes down to finding the right fit for your church. By taking the time to carefully consider your options and weigh the pros and cons, you'll be well on your way to building a strong, dynamic, and effective ministry team.

There's no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to hiring church staff. Both young-blood and old-soul candidates bring unique strengths and challenges to the table, and the right fit will depend on the specific needs of your congregation.

So, whether you're seeking the youthful enthusiasm of a fresh-faced candidate or the wisdom and experience of a seasoned ministry pro, remember to keep an open mind and trust in the power of prayer to guide you in your decision-making process. After all, the ultimate goal is to further the mission of your church and support the growth of your faith community, and with the right staff members on board, the sky's the limit.

We’re here to help you find a great candidate for your church. And we can help you work through the benefits of different candidates and what they may bring to your table.  Let’s chat!


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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