Making a transition from a career in the corporate world to ministry can be difficult, but it isn’t completely out of the ordinary. People feel called to ministry at different stages in their lives and careers. Once you feel that call, if you aren’t already volunteering your time to a local church or ministry, you need to start. It’s helpful to include your volunteer or bi-vocational ministry experience on your resume alongside your secular experience.
Part of my role as an Executive Search Consultant is, at times, interviewing someone who isn't happy in their current position. For one reason or another, they feel that they need to move to the next level, are not being paid enough, are feeling a "holy dissatisfaction," or are simply unhappy with their responsibilities or manager.
Email is such a constant part of our daily lives that you probably don’t even think twice before hitting “send” after typing up a message. While this is fine for casual conversations among friends, email communication in your workplace requires a bit more thought and care.
This post is directed toward those who may be sensing God calling them to something different, but they want to stay where they are comfortable; those who can’t make the decision to move or who tend to stay within their comfort zones. I totally get it - for whatever reason, the thought of leaving what you know is feels too dangerous or uncomfortable. So you don't risk it, and the decision is left unmade.
You've been hired by a church; now what? Integration onto a new team and into a new city can be daunting. If a ministry transition goes poorly, you’re in for a rough ride that could lead to a negative outcome for you and the church. However, if you take the right steps and navigate your steps with wisdom, it could very well be the start of a beautiful working relationship.
At Vanderbloemen Search Group, we have the privilege of working with many church leaders and church staff members who sense that God is moving them on from their current ministry context. That part is clear to them. But what is sometimes unclear is the place God has in mind for their next season of ministry.
Waiting on and searching for the right ministry position can be a very difficult process. It's normal to send your resume for a church job and think, "Did anyone even see my resume?" (Sidenote: did you know that our team looks through every single resume submitted to us? It's true!) There are, however, a few relatively simple things you can do to help your resume stick out from the masses.
The church job search process is a sacred space. It is a time of reflection, patience, and trust as we wait to discover and discern where God is calling us next. Throwing yourself into the job market as a ministry candidate can certainly bring up feelings of vulnerability and uncertainty.