Should You Call Or Email Churches About Ministry Jobs?
By: Vanderbloemen July 2, 2012
It may seem a little too sales-like for some, but in your hunt for the perfect ministry position, have you considered calling or emailing churches to see if they’re hiring?
Not every church can utilize an Executive Search Firm like The Vanderbloeman Groupor has time to post open positions on the internet. Or, perhaps a ministry position is too new and hasn’t populated ministry job sites just yet. It may take a little more time and effort, but perhaps this active approach in searching can help you find your new position.
Before you pick up the phone or start that email, here are a few tips that we we put together from inspiration from this artice:
- Research: Being informed shows you’re truly interested in the ministry. Who’s the right person to contact? What about the organization resonates with you and sparked you to reach out?
- Don’t Waste Time: After you know who you need to reach out to, when you do call or email them, let them know up front why you’re contacting them.
- Set a Goal: Know why you’re calling. Are you trying to get a job at the church or are you asking for someone’s help and influence?
- Be Courteous: Ministry is demanding and certain days – before and after weekends – are usually more hectic than a Thursday. Check the church’s calendar and see when they’re busiest with activities. Call on days that seem a little slower on their calendar.
- Mind Budget-Cycles: Many churches operate on an October-October fiscal year. After the budget has been approved in the fall, you’re more likely to find out if a church is adding church staff positions.
- Form a Contact Strategy: What do you say in your email? How do you start the conversation on the phone? Saying you are cold-calling churches may not be the best approach. Instead, take your research and bring it into the conversation. Are there any mutual leaders or networking circles that you can connect on?
- Make A Next Step: Can you call again? When? Would they be able to pass on your resume to their network? How do you follow up? Make sure you have specifics nailed down when you make your request.
- Be Gracious: If they can’t help, be gracious and thank them for their time. A thank you email or note a couple of weeks after your conversation is appropriate and thoughtful.
- Trust the Process: Going into a situation blind is tough, especially when you may not have any connections. Allow the process of being open to new situations and pursuing your calling to keep your spirits up. You never know what the next call or email can bring.
- Pay It Forward: When you do land a great new position, remember what it’s like to be searching. Make your name available and offer advice and encouragement to those who were once in your shoes. If someone contacts you looking for some help, generously extend a bit of time.