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Church Staff Candidates - Who Asks the Questions?

Church Staff Candidates - Who Asks the Questions?


Have you ever been a candidate for a church staff position?  Did the pastor or the search committee ask a lot of questions, perform background checks, request personal and professional references?


Good.  Now, what about your questions about the church?  Did you get to ask about the stability of the church finances, about past staffing problems, about references from past staff members? How do you know whether they have been genuine or whether they’ve inflated their image?


The truth?  Church staff candidates don’t get to ask those questions.  Well, typically they don’t.  But – now there is a way that they can.


One of the reasons I formed VOX and Company was to provide transparent communication between the hiring church and potential ministry candidates.


In my four decades of ministry, I’ve observed a lot of good church/staff relationships.  I’ve seen staff that was supportive, encouraging and loving toward each other. Pastors who were your best friend and biggest encourager, whose genuine respect made everyone love you.


I’ve also observed the other side. Inaccessible senior pastors. High demands and little returns. Inflated value and sincerity. Internal problems between staff and church leadership. Financial restraints or extremely tight purse strings. I’ve known a staff member who was hired and found that the fully furnished office he was shown during his interview was now empty, only to be told after being hired that all the furnishing belonged to the former staff member and that he would have to provide his own office furniture. 


On the flip side, I’ve seen churches hire a staff member with confidence in their great resume, good references and impeccable interview…only to learn later that they inflated their abilities or were not loyal to their pastor and fellow staff members or who had poor interpersonal skills with church members.


Pairing the right ministry candidate with the right church is sort of like match making. You can’t have a strong and lasting relationship if there is not transparency on both sides of the relationship. The more transparency at the beginning of the relationship, the stronger the marriage.

Through our ministry company, we ask the questions that matter for the candidate and the church. We make sure both are treated with fairness and transparency, so in the end they will fit hand in glove. I can ask the uncomfortable questions of both the candidate and the church. I ask those very important questions that neither the church nor the candidate has thought to ask.


Our company has helped many churches and candidates make right decisions because we’ve helped them ask the right questions.  Churches want great staffing.  Staff want great churches. We make sure both get what they want, and both end up with a great and lasting relationship.