VLog #3: 3 Steps To Successful Church Staffing
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Episode #3: "3 Steps To Successful Church Staffing"
In this episode, Lance LeBlanc, Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group, shares three steps to successful church staffing.
One of the questions that we get so often when we’re helping churches find key staff is,
“How do we know who is the right person to hire?”
We always say that the most expensive hire you can make is hiring the wrong person.
Long before you're introduced to the candidates and start interviewing, you have to know what it is that your organization needs.
1. Start with the end in mind.
When we start the search process with our clients, we begin with the end in mind. The most important part of the search process is to know where you’re going as a church. We want our churches to have clarity on where they are going so that we can help them get there.
We always encourage our clients to paint a picture of their ideal success story for their new hire a couple of years down the road. Ask your team, “What does success look like for us 24 months from now? What do we want the life of our church to look like?”
Don't list off how many employees you have or about all the programs you will be doing in 24 months. Think about how your community will perceive your church. I want to hear things like, “We’re known in the community for being a place of redemption and reconciliation. We're reaching out and doing missions in countries all over the world.” These are the kind of vision-driven actions I want to hear that describe life at your church.
Walk through these questions with your church staff’s key decision makers. This will help you institute vision. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where the is no vision, the people perish.”
What Proverbs 29 tells me is that great leaders and church staff members are not going to stick around long if they don't know where you're going. More importantly, you won't know who or what solutions to bring to your team if you don't know where you're going. So start with the end in mind.
2. Identify roadblocks to success.
You cannot manage what you’re not measuring. Identify the issues that are keeping you from getting where you want to be.
Is it a lack of staff? Is it a lack of funding?
3. Start small.
You can't tackle all roadblocks at once, so I encourage you to pick two or three roadblocks that are hindering your church the most. Slowly dissect them, and create an action plan. Begin to present solutions to your team.
Once you know where you're going, have identified the roadblocks in the way, and have chosen the roadblocks to tackle first, you can start generating ideas that work.
When you have your end goal in mind, you can begin building the team to help you achieve that goal.
Draw an organizational chart and leave off the names. This will help you see how your church is functioning today and where the gaps are. You’ll probably find overlap where people are working in multiple areas and holes where areas are being neglected. Your org chart is the map that helps get you to the imagined success we talked about in step one.
By following these steps, you’ll have a clearer answer the next time your team asks, “Who is the next person we need to hire?”
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