Part two of the latest article from Dr. Matt Sanders, Executive Pastor of Beth-El Fellowship. Here’s an excerpt…
The first step in searching for a new pastor is for churches to ask themselves questions regarding who they have been, who they are, and who God wants them to become. This takes seriously the biblical presentation of the church as the body of Christ in which members, including the pastor, are unique and connected to the other members. This means that the departure of pastors or any other members changes the church and that they cannot simply be replaced. Only by looking at who they are can churches begin to consider what kind of pastor God might be directing to them. By beginning with themselves, churches can create an environment that allows the new pastor to fulfill this biblical role in the unique way that God has gifted him.
Read Part II: The Search for a New Pastor: The Often Forgotten First Step to find out more!
Churches take many different approaches to choosing a pastor – some good and some bad. Of course, the entire process should be saturated in prayer. In fact, the whole process could begin with a churchwide call to prayer.
What follows is one approach to the process. After a pastoral search committee is convened in accordance with the church’s constitution and bylaws, the committee should take the following steps…
Read Pastor’s Search Committee Guidelines to find out more!
We have been busy over the weekend working on several new features and changes to our site. We think they make ChurchJobs.net a much better service, and we hope you agree.
The first change you will notice is that all candidates must have a resume to apply for jobs. Churches have commented that when candidates simply email them a link to their resume our service feels fragmented. Therefore, we decided to require resumes again, but don’t worry, we are now offering FREE resumes along with our paid resumes.
The key difference with our free resumes is that it is not searchable in our Resume Database, so churches will not be able to find you when they search our database. The free option will allow you to send your information to a church so they can get an idea of your experience. We strongly encourage you to check out our Premium Resumes because you will allow churches to find you, and we recommend Premium resumes to our churches. It really pays to Get Recommended.
Churches who post a Gold Star Listing can now request a complimentary date reset if their position has not been filled in 3 months. That means your job listing will appear on the front page again for more exposure. Along with the many other features like Automatic Applicant Screening, Secondary Job Category, PSC Email Notifications, Temporary Listing Suspension, and more, ChurchJobs.net Gold Star Job Listings are the best way to manage your church employment search. You can literally manage your entire search from ChurchJobs.net. If you receive applications from another source you can simply ask the candidates to sign up for a free account, post a free resume, and apply for your job. All of their information will show up in the Application Manager where you can track all of your candidates.
Premium Job Listings now come with twice the number of Recommended Resumes each time you login to My ChurchJobs.
We have re-ordered the Latest Church Job Openings box on our front page. Premium listings are now listed first, and stay on the front page longer.
We have added a new level for buying Bulk Jobs. You can now purchase packages of 3 Jobs which should make the new pricing more accessible to those who need it. Remember, our Bulk Jobs are all at the Gold Star level so you really save when you buy in bulk.
Purchase a Gold Star Job Listing today to start using our unique tools!
The ChurchJobs.net mobile site continues to grow as more and more people get smartphones. If you come to www.churchjobs.net on your phone, our site should auto-detect that you are using a smartphone, and redirect you to our mobile site.
You can search for and apply for church jobs and pastor jobs on our mobile site, as well as contact us, and check your account info. Posting job listings and resumes still requires a desktop browser, but we will be working on those features in the future.
While on the mobile site, you can click on “Desktop View” at anytime to view the full version of ChurchJobs.net.
As always, please let us know if you have any issues with our sites. We’re always open to suggestions too!
If you want to get the latest job openings delivered to your inbox you have a few different options. You can set an Email Alert to be notified of each job posted in a selected category. Each time a job is posted, you will receive an email. To setup your Email Alert login to My ChurchJobs and look for the Email Alerts link in the top right menu. Once you select your category, you’re done.
Another option is to have an email sent to you each day with all the jobs that are listed. You can sign up for this newsletter here:
Lastly, you can sign up for the Experiencing Worship Newsletter. You will receive our latest job openings, as well as original worship related content from ExperiencingWorship.com. Go to the following link and look for the Experiencing Worship Newsletter sign up form.
By request we’ve added a new feature to the Resume Database. Churches can now search the database for records added in the last 30, 60, 90, or 120 days. This allows churches to narrow their search to the most recently added resumes.
We work to keep our database up to date and accurate but sometimes older records get through the cracks. This feature will help churches quickly narrow in on candidates who have most recently posted resumes.
We’ve made some improvements to our resume database search. Although only churches can search the database, the way we handle it affects candidates too, so we’d like to update everyone on how it works.
First of all, churches can now restrict searches to those with head shots or videos, as well as by years of experience or education level. This allows churches to narrow down their search quickly.
Click the link below for more details.
These changes help churches narrow down their searches quickly, and also make adding a head shot for candidates even more important. We’d like to encourage all candidates to add your head shot and video to your listing. If you added your picture before April 2012, consider uploading a new photo as we’re now allowing larger photos. Simply “EDIT” your resume to add your photo.
We have introduced a new exclusive feature at ChurchJobs.net. Gold Star Job Listings can now hold up to 8 additional email addresses for receiving applications. Now your Pastor Search Committee members can each receive copies of candidate applications in their own inbox, streamlining the process of organizing your search.
Once your Gold Star Job Listing is posted, simply EDIT the listing to add your PSC email addresses.
Each Gold Star Job Listing can have up to 8 additional receiving addresses. Purchase a Gold Star Listing today to take advantage of this exclusive feature!
We’ve updated our mobile site again! Candidates can search for and apply for jobs, and Churches can now search for and view resumes on mobile devices.
If you are a candidate and have your resume hosted on ChurchJobs.net, you can apply for jobs on your smartphone. Your application and resume will reach the church just as if you did it on your desktop computer.
Why would a church search resumes on a mobile device? Convenience. When a committee member receives a notification email or a resume from ChurchJobs.net while they’re on the go, they can immediately see the resume on their mobile device. It will be formatted for mobile, and they can save the job to their My ChurchJobs page, or reply to the candidate immediately.
We’ve also added a new Quick Search drop down on the top of page so you can quickly view job categories.
Remember to add ChurchJobs.net Mobile to your iPhone’s Home Screen.
We’ve giving the My ChurchJobs page a new layout. We hope the new layout makes it easier to manage your job search.
Candidates will notice the latest 15 jobs applied for on the main page. Clicking the View All link will show all jobs applied for.
Churches get avatars at a glance, as well as a new Application Manager.
If your My ChurchJobs page doesn’t look right for some reason, reload the page. We’ve noticed some caching issues since the change.
As usual, please report any issues.