You want to hire someone who fits your church culture and aligns with your mission, vision, and beliefs. Maybe you’re looking for a particular set of qualities or experience your team is lacking. Maybe you’re not sure what kind of person you need yet. Whoever you’re looking for, a church staffing agency is a great way to find the people you need.
We’ve taken the time to identify some of the best agencies, so you can find the best people.
Here are the best church staffing agencies:
Vanderbloem Search Group
“There is no church exactly like your church.”
That belief is why Vanderbloemen takes the time to get to know churches and candidates on a “DNA level,” helping churches find candidates they won’t find anywhere else. With an objective set of eyes, and an experienced staff, Vanderbloemen can explore possibilities churches won’t find on their own.
What sets them apart: Combined, Vanderbloemen’s staff have almost 200 years of ministry experience. That and their diverse network of ministry partners gives them a unique perspective into the needs of churches.
Slingshot Group has a small, highly-dedicated team of experienced ministry professionals. From the website: “We’ve developed the IMPROV Leadership coaching model to help ministry leaders build trust, increase collaboration, promote creativity, and feel less afraid to take risks. Which in turn, moves people towards being more committed to their roles and performance.”
What sets them apart: Slingshot Group’s coaching helps churches and nonprofits maximize the value of the staff they have and ensures smooth transitions.
Agora Search Group
“It’s not a transaction, it’s a relationship.”
Agora Search Group breaks down the search process into four phases: define, discover, discern, decide. Once you help them define who you are and who you’re looking for, they’ll do the work of discovering candidates, including networking, interviewing, and referencing, and meeting with candidates–before they ever recommend someone to you.
What sets them apart: Agora Search Group focuses on helping churches and organizations make the right choices, not on placing candidates. They also work with nonprofits and corporations. You can see a complete list of their previous clients on their website.
The Shepherd’s Staff
From the website: “We take the time to learn about what has and has not worked for you in the past, and we craft a process with you that makes sense in your context. We don’t believe that one size really fits all. We approach each search with the idea of giving you the assistance that you need without overwhelming you with things you don’t. After meeting with you, we may even advise that you do not need all of the services we offer. We will listen, ask great questions and come to conclusions with you…not for you.”
What sets them apart: The Shepherd’s Staff team will set up an on-site visit to get to know you and your staff. They’ll interview your whole team–including volunteers–to learn what it’s like to be part of your church culture. They’ll also follow up with you and the candidates you hire for one year.
From the website: “Minister Search is the most experienced and most successful full-service church staffing and pastor search firm. Minister Search is focused solely on ministry staffing, and filling ministry positions for pastors and ministers. No other pastor search firm can compare to the experience and success of Minister Search. Our church staff recruiters have years of ministry and church staffing experience. Our pastor search firm has guided thousands of pastors, ministers, and churches through the whole pastor search process.”
What sets them apart: Minister Search is highly dedicated to the individuals who come to them looking for new jobs. Confidentiality and doing what’s right for their clients is extremely important to them. The CEO of Minister Search publicly provides his personal contact information for pastors and ministry leaders who feel alone in facing their personal struggles.
From the website: “ChurchStaffing.com is the largest online job search website for church jobs, pastor jobs, and ministry jobs. . . . Additional online employment help including resume writing services, pastoral transition, interview tips and career advice offer job seekers the guidance they need to find their calling. . . . Additional resources for Christian employers include church background checks, job descriptions, pastor compensation, salary information and more to help build a strong leadership team.”
What sets them apart: ChurchStaffing.com is not a staffing agency–they’re a church job database. You won’t have a dedicated team helping you find candidates, but you will have a massive pool of potential people to search from.
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Another good resource is Church Jobs Cafe (churchjobscafe.com). It is a collection of thousands of open church positions from around the web.